Facial oils: the miracle you didn’t know your skin needed
It’s time the myths surrounding facial oil are busted. Here’s what you need to know.
The first time I heard of facial oils, my immediate response was a resounding “no”. As someone who suffers from oily skin, the last thing that seemed to make sense was adding more oil to the mix.
Then, a friend of mine who works at a salon explained why facial oils are actually miracle skincare products, despite what people might think.
Why I’m now loving it
Sebum, a moisturising oil in our hair and skin which is produced by our sebaceous glands, is generated to balance out environmental factors which dry out our skin. Think air conditioning or this dry winter air we’re experiencing. However, when too much sebum is generated, it can result in your skin looking and feeling oily. While it may sound counter-intuitive, using a facial oil can actually help combat oily skin. Facial oils are able to penetrate more deeply into your skin than traditional moisturisers, providing it with the essential nutrients it needs. In turn, this minimises the production of excess sebum.
What to look for in a facial oil
When hunting for the perfect facial oil product, keep an eye out for ingredients like argan oil – which is high in fatty acids and vitamin E, protecting and elasticising the skin – and marula oil, which is known for its anti-ageing properties and ability to reduce blemishes and age spots. Some facial oils also include green tea extract – a powerful antioxidant which is known to strengthen skin cells.
How to use it
In the morning
To see the best results, use a facial oil before applying your moisturiser in the morning. Ensure you give your facial oil two minutes to penetrate your skin before applying your moisturiser. Some facial elixirs like Nutra Effects Ageless Tri-Phase Elixir contain primer to ensure that your skin is smoothed and ready for makeup application. In this case, you can just use the elixir before applying your make up as you usually would.
In the evenings, apply your facial oil after your moisturiser. This locks in moisture while you sleep, restoring and recovering your skin.
This amazing product has three layers which work together to take your skin nourishment to the next level. This elixir of argan oil, smoothing primer, and green tea serum is the secret to happy skin.
This mattifying facial oil absorbs instantly, leaving your skin bursting with radiance, without the shine. Even out your skin’s tone, boost its firmness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with just one product. It’s packed with oils like marula, green coffee, passion fruit and more, and it works magic on all skin types – even if you struggle with sensitivity or oiliness.
Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Nourishing Oil Cream
This nourishing oil cream is a first of its kind. Infused with oil beads that melt into the skin to provide locked-in moisture for 48 hours, this non-greasy formula will leave you feeling renewed instantly.
Whatever your skin type, make sure it’s getting the deep nourishment it deserves with a facial oil. There’s no better time than now to incorporate it into your skincare regime.