With anti-aging ingredients, face oils hydrate and minimize fine lines plus they quickly deliver benefits to the skin!

A while back if you told me that I would use oil on my oily skin, I’d say you were crazy. But now that’s almost all I use. I love the various combinations of ingredients in oils and I find that my skin drinks it up! Do you use oil?

Here’s what you need to know about oils for your face:

Why are they so great? Essential fatty acids in the oils help hydrate skin, the oil also helps repair damaged and irritated skin. Oils are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, especially when they come from plant seeds. Facial oils aren’t made with synthetic ingredients, fillers or waxes as moisturizers and creams might contain.

Why use an oil rather than a cream? Oils penetrate the skin quicker than creams and deliver various nutrients, making skin smooth, soft and radiant. Oils are also anti-inflammatory. Oils boost the natural oil production in our skin, it can also help the look of dry skin and wrinkles by plumping up the cells. Oils also help regulate the natural oils that skin produces.

Don’t oils clog pores? Mineral oil is one oil you don’t want near your skin. It is known to clog pores and cause rashes and irritations. High quality plant oils won’t clog your pores.

Make the most of your face oil by applying to damp (not wet) skin.  Don’t use too much oil, you only need 2-3 drops. I pat the oil onto my skin gently. I used to over-zealously rub it on but the proper way to apply a face oil is by gently dabbing it on. You can use a water based lotion or serum  before applying the oil- you might remember from chemistry that oil cannot penetrate water.

My favorite oils include:

Nyl Skincare Velvet Transformative Serum

May Lindstrom The Good Stuff

Lina Hanson Global Serum

Marie Veronique

Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum

If you rather make your own, try blending a carrier oil with an essential oil!

Start out by using a carrier oil such as apricot kernel, jojoba oil, rosehip, sweet almond oil or avocado oil which is very nourishing. Next add an essential oil.

Here are some favorites:

  • Rose- ideal for dry, sensitive or aging skin, for thread veins and for couperosa
  • Frankincense-works well for wrinkles.
  • Geranium- balances sebum production, good for combination skin.
  • Lavender – it helps the growth of healthy new skin cells.
  • Neroli – good option for dry, or sensitive skin
  • Chamomile – calming, great for sensitive skin