October 28, 2016

Beauty Discourse: Facial Oils

      Let's talk facial oils. The first facial I had ever tried was the Josie Maran Argan Oil a couple years ago. It was around the time when facial oils became trendy in the skincare scene, and more and more beauty companies started creating their own facial oils. I read many blogs, articles, and posts saying that facial oils were "even good for oily skin" which is probably correct in some sense, but of course not all facial oils are good for all types of skin. I've become rather picky about facial oils, so continue reading if you want to hear my experience and types in choosing an oil that's right for you.

      I have oily acne prone skin. When I first used the Josie Maran Argan Oil, I thought most oils felt similar to it. I was completely and totally wrong. In actuality, the argan facial oil by Josie Maran is and has been the heaviest oil I've used on my face to this day. Being that I already have oily skin, it did more harm than good as my skin had a hard time absorbing it even though I only used 2-3 drops at a time. As such, I prefer light facial oils that sink in almost immediately. My absolute favorite facial oil is the Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehls. It does an amazing job at hydrating your skin without weighing it down. The key is to use this oil overnight as it really sinks into your skin overnight. You won't feel the results immediately but rather the next morning. The fairly new to me Detox Oil by Caudalie is also super light in texture. This oil however isn't used to primarily hydrate the skin but to decongest it. The Luna Sleeping Oil by Sunday Riley is bit of an oddity out of all the facial oils I've tried because it is thicker than other facial oils, but it's also a retinol treatment in the form of an oil. Again, its primary job isn't hydration. My tip is to choose an oil that has a specific purpose whether it be to hydrate or treat. Even if you have oily skin, you can still use a facial oil to hydrate your skin but choose one that is light in texture and absorbs fast. Layering oils is possible, but be sure to use only a few drops - the amount you use should be immediately absorbed by your skin, if it doesn't sink in you've used too much. Lastly, prep your skin for the oil by using a toner or an essence.


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