A Beginner’s Guide To Beauty Oils
Argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba – putting oil on your face and body is a new beauty must-do. The explosion of beauty oils isn’t a hot-second trend—there’s a reason we’re now turning to this–let’s face it–greasy substance to help us cleanse, moisturize, strengthen our skin, add shine to our hair, keep our cuticles soft, and tons more. Some oils are more popular than others, being combined with say, a lotion or a shampoo for the ultra beauty cocktail, while others have more holistic, aroma-therapeutic qualities.
Read on to thoroughly understand how oils actually affect your hair, face, and body and for ten key takeaways.
1. You Cannot Moisturize Your Skin With An Oil
To understand this let’s deconstruct a product that actually moisturizes — a lotion — and its three major umbrella ingredients: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Humectants are ingredients that draw water (from the air and from the lotion) into skin and in turn, hydrate skin cells. The most popular and effective humectants are glycerin and hyaluronic acid. On the other hand, emollient ingredients soften skin. And instead of hydrating, occlusive ingredients trap humectants and emollients onto your skin, so your skin can stay hydrated and soft throughout the day. Now here’s the important part: oils can function as an occlusive and as an emollient, but never as a humectant. Oils put a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer. This is different from pulling in water and hydrating skin.
2. There’s Only One Way To Really Benefit From An Oil
Save oil for the final step of your skin-care routine. If you apply oil first, any moisturizer that follows won’t be able to fully penetrate the oil barrier. Remember, oils are only the gatekeepers, not producers, of hydration, so load up on humectants first, and then apply the oil afterward to keep moisture from escaping.
3. YES, Oils Will Clog Your Pores
But not all oils. While mineral oil, olive oil and coconut oil are all chronic offenders, there are oils that are less likely to irritate and cause breakouts, like marula and argan. Your unique genetic skin makeup will determine your oil tolerance and while it’s frustrating to admit, trial and error is really your best bet at determining what will work for you.
4. Oils Are Filled With Good-For-Your-Skin Antioxidants
It’s true, oils are naturally replete with vitamins that repair and protect. Argan, though pricey, is especially concentrated in vitamins A and E, which work to smooth fine lines and soften skin, respectively. There’s up to four times more vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights hyperpigmentation, in marula oil than an orange. Sunflower oil is also high in vitamin E. Another great option: rosehip oil, which is padded with vitamin C. It’s amazing for protection against environmental damage.
5. There’s An Oil That Specifically Treats Acne-Prone Skin
We recommends tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, and for good reason. Scientific evidence proves its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which in turn, kill acne bacteria and reduce the size of pimples. However, you’ll need to proceed with caution. Tea tree oil may irritate skin, so it’s better to test it on an inconspicuous area first.
6. For The Driest Skin, Reach For The Heaviest Most Occulsive Oils
Look out for avocado and sweet-almond oils, which are notably fatty and rich. Sunflower-seed oil is a potential as well, though it can be a little greasy.
7. Facial Oils Should Be Lighter Than Robust Body Oils
Look out for quick-drying oils like grapeseed, apricot kernel, argan, and marula, which are ideal for most skin types. Even people with oily skin can use oil. Jojoba tells the body to stop overproducing sebum, thus controlling oily skin.
8. It Doesn’t Really Matter What Kind Of Oil You Use On Your Hair
Avocado, jojoba, argan, and almond are all great, but more importantly, you’ll need to focus on how much oil you use and where you put it. Start with a small amount — only a drop or two — and work it through your ends to seal in moisture and shine as the last step in your routine. Even if your hair is fine, a tiny amount of oil can dramatically boost its luster. If your hair is thick and dry, consider this: Coat your hair from mid-shaft to ends before stepping into the shower. Shampoo and condition like you normally would. The oil will protect your hair from the drying effects of shampoo.
9. Mineral Oil… It’s Toxic And Not Doing Anything For You
Mineral Oil is a derivative of the same oil that gasoline is derived from, but you should stay away because it’s useless, in addition to being dangerous. While you’re not using that much of it toxins accumulate in the body overtime however, the simple fact is mineral oil just doesn’t do anything for you.
Fifty years ago, it was a common ingredient in products because we just didn’t know any better. However, now, with so many wonderful oils available to us, it is outdated, ineffective, and toxic.
10. Oils Are Good For Cleaning Too
While strange to imagine, the same ingredient that seals in moisture can also clean. Oil cleansers break up makeup on the face in a gentle way instead of stripping the skin, so skin won’t feel irritated afterwards. A few swirls around your face, and presto!
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