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Face oils have become my new favorite anti-aging treatment!
When I was in my 20s & 30s I avoided oils like the plague for fear of clogged pores and breakouts. But, 30-something years later, I’ve changed my opinion. Listen up ladies – especially women over 40 – oils are your best friend!
Natural plant derived oils can help soften and plump without clogging pores or making your face greasy. They’re light but super hydrating and they allow your skin to breath.
Benefits of Face Oils
A good quality face is usually very natural. By natural I mean:
Face oils are so versatile. You can use them to cleanse the face, remove makeup, hydrate and moisturize, and even use them as an anti-wrinkle, anti-aging skin treatment.
Face treatment oils can be used for:
Speaking of moisturizing, if you need a little extra hydration due to dry cold weather, or using retinoids, chemical peels or other harsh procedures; adding a few drops of face oil to your favorite moisturizer can really help increased hydration.
Face oils can penetrate deeper into the skin so you get more effective hydration, which is something we all could use during dry winter months.
According to Dr. Clair Chang, a board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC, "facial oils are valuable because they contain active ingredients and they are lipophilic (fat loving), so they effectively penetrate into the dermis to trap in hydration."
Although Dr. Chang does warn those with acne prone skin to avoid heavy oils like olive or coconut oil, which can clog pore and aggravate acne issues.
Make sure to use oils designed specifically for the face. I look for oils that contain 100% natural oil essence extracted from plants that naturally contain anti-aging, anti-oxidant ingredients like:
If you’re looking to soften lines, hydrate your face, and protect and feed the skin – natural plant extracted oils seem to be a logical choice.
I’ve been slowly adding more natural plant based oils to my daily skincare routine and found that my skin looks better almost immediately and stays hydrated looking longer.
Most commercial creams have to be re-applied several times to keep my face looking plump and hydrated.
I started with a simple jojoba oil from my local health food store. I paid almost $15.00 for a tiny ½ ounce bottle, but I noticed a difference almost immediately.
Then I started using H-Glow line of natural plant derived healing oils that can be used for the face, body and hair. I began incorporating it into my daily skincare routine and surprisingly my face wasn't greasy or shiny, just hydrated.
That’s the best way to describe it ----- Plumper Skin!
I really liked how my skin reacted to oil treatments - so I thought I try a facial cleansing oil next. I know...cleaning your face with oil sounds strange, right? Why would anyone want to use oil to remove pore clogging grease and eye makeup?
Well, what I learned is that certain types of oils can act as emulsifiers to help thin out and break down excess skin oils. This means it helps break down pore clogging grease and dissolve dirt on the skin’s surface.
In fact, if you have issues with clogged pores or oily skin, facial oils can help calm down excess oil production.
to Dr. Sperling, a board-certified dermatologist," applying oils tricks your skin into thinking
it’s hydrated, lessening sebum production.”
Why? Because harsh cleansers can damage or upset the “acid mantle” which is so important for healthy clear skin.
If you're not convinced that a face oil can really clean your skin, try it.
Take a white washcloth and massage a small amount of oil over your face and neck. Just make sure the product is designed to be a cleansing oil. Then use a white washcloth to wipe it away.
Rinse out the cloth and wipe again until it comes up clean. You’ll find all of your face and eye makeup is removed and your face is clean and soft.
Over time, I noticed the pores around my nose seem less visible. I assume it’s due to using an oil cleanser that contains special oils to help dissolve these types of greasy plugs.
Best of all – the simple cleansing face oil I found is cheap – about $19 for 1.12 fluid ounces. I paid almost that much for a only ½ bottle of plain jojoba oil!
Regardless of what you’re trying to achieve for your skin, natural oils can provide healing properties. From face oil cleansers to simple eye oil serums – they contain a mixture of oils that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Have you tried face oils before? Please share your experience.
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