We all know women are hot on skin care. A clear and blemish-free face is something that most women, and now even men, strive to achieve. But how can it be done? And what facial care regimen do we need to achieve this goal?
Facial oil has been a new and popular addition to many people’s skin care regimen. If you’re conscious about the way your skin looks and aren’t using one already, you should really consider it. But if you’re someone who is new to the concept of facial oil as part of their facial cleaning regimen, you’ll probably want to know what specific skin benefits you can get out of it. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
You’d think that using a facial oil is as simple as slapping some on and spreading it evenly throughout the face. Well, that’s true to some extent, but that’s not all there is to know about how to use facial oil! Today I’ll discuss how to get the most out of a facial oil, and all the little secrets I’ve learned from using them myself.
Benefits of Using Facial Oils
One of the many benefits of using facial oils is the instant smooth and soft feel that it gives skin upon application. Everyone wants to have soft and smooth skin, and applying facial oils regularly can help in this department.
The next benefit of using facial oils is it creates another layer – a protective layer – on the face. Aside from protecting the skin layer, most facial oils can also help in repairing skin cells, which in turn will make the skin absorb the many skin care products being applied on it easier.
Finally, and most importantly, facial oils are normally accompanied with and composed of antioxidants, fatty acids, and essential nutrients that help in keeping the skin healthy and glowing.
Knowing Skin Types
The first step in knowing how to use facial oils is to first learn the type of skin to which the facial oil should be applied. It is important to note that different skin types require different ways or methods of applying facial oil. Knowing the skin type of the recipient will make knowing how to use facial oil easy.
It is essential to start with this assessment first before going through the actual application. There are usually four main types of skin for both women and men – oily skin, acne-prone skin, dry skin and normal skin. For the purpose of applying facial oils, oily skin and acne-prone skin should be treated the same while dry skin and normal skin should be placed in one category.
How to Use Facial Oil
For dry and normal skin types, it is recommended that the facial oil is used as a compliment to moisturizer or in combination with a moisturizer, but never in lieu of a moisturizer. There are two ways of using facial oil together with a moisturizer.
First, three to six drops of facial oil can be mixed with one’s usual moisturizer. Second, apply the facial oil after applying moisturizer on the face but not under it. The reason for this placement is if the facial oil is placed before the moisturizer, the facial oil acts a barrier rather than allowing the nutritional ingredients of the facial oil to penetrate the skin.
For oily or acne-prone skin, the method of application is different. It is suggested that for those two types of skin, the usual skin care regimen should be done first before applying the facial oil – which means that the face should be cleansed first, toned second, treated with serum third, and moisturized after to finish the cleaning process. Only after the cleaning process has been completed should the facial oil be applied.
The reason for applying the facial oil after the moisturizer is for the oil to help prevent the loss of water provided for by the moisturizer. The facial oil should be patted on the face and not massaged on the skin to avoid irritation on the already sensitive face.
However, it is important that the facial oil should be used moderately to avoid the creation of a top layer that will enclose heat within the skin. When heat is produced, production of oil will follow, and can lead to the growth of bacteria, which can only lead to exacerbating an acne condition.