Face oils are considered by so many to be "liquid gold" for your skin. They're packed with antioxidants that help protect against damage from the sun, pollution, and other environmental stressors. They can also boost cell turnover to keep your complexion looking fresh and youthful.
But what exactly is face oil? How do you use it and what are the benefits? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about face oils!
What are the benefits of face oils?
Face oils are made of a variety of plant-based ingredients rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that help nourish your skin from within and protect against environmental damage. They also contain plant-based ingredients which help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as restore moisture balance to your skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple.
+ Upping the Moisture Quotient - Face oils are one of the best ways to improve your skin's moisture levels. They work by helping your skin lock in moisture and make it easier for natural oils to be produced. This will leave your skin looking healthy, radiant and smooth.
+ Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - Face oils contain antioxidants that can help prevent damage done by free radicals in the environment. Free radicals cause oxidative stress, which damages cells and leads to premature aging (including wrinkles). This makes face oils an excellent solution if you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by preventing further damage.
+ Helps repair damaged skin - Face oils are packed with vitamin E and other antioxidants that help repair damaged cells in the outer layers of your skin (stratum corneum). They also contain essential fatty acids that help strengthen cell membranes, so they don't break down as easily when exposed to environmental toxins like cigarette smoke or pollution.
When should I use a face oil?
You can use a face oil any time you would use a moisturizer or treatment product in both your daytime and nighttime skin routines. Face oils are best applied after cleansing your face and using a mist or toner, but before any other serums or treatments in your regimen. This way they're more likely to penetrate deep into your pores for maximum results.
Apply a few drops of face oil onto clean fingertips then massage gently into the skin, focusing on dry areas, until fully absorbed into your face.
What type of oil is best for my skin type?
A good face oil can improve the look and feel of your skin. To help you find the right product for your needs, we've put together this guide on face oils and how to use them.
If you have oily skin, using oil as part of your skincare routine may seem counterintuitive, but there are some oils that will help balance out excess sebum production without leaving an oily residue on your face. If you want to try using oil on your face, start by choosing one that's lightweight and absorbs quickly into your skin without leaving any residue behind. We recommend the Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil because it’s ultra-light weight, soothing, and absorbs quickly into the skin. We refer to it at the studio as the gateway oil – it’s a great place to start.
Face oils are great for dry skin because they create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to retain moisture and prevent water loss through evaporation. If your skin is very dry and experiencing advanced signs of aging, try choosing a more intense moisturizing oil loaded with antioxidants – one that will penetrate deeply into your pores without making them look shiny or greasy. If this piques your interest, give the Super Couple – Ultra Luxe Face Oil Serum a try. It’s packed with Astaxanthin, one of nature’s most powerful ingredients for the skin (65x stronger than Vitamin C in combatting free radicals).
Face oils are also great for sensitive skin or those sensitive to essential oils. Some of them contain ingredients that can help soothe redness and irritation. Consider the Super Naked Plum + Chia Oil. This all-natural formulation brightens the skin's appearance and is gentle on all complexions. It’s also free of essential oils, making it ideal for the most sensitive skin types.
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