You’ve seen them at stores, you’ve seen them on ads, and you’ve even seen some of your friends use them! What are they? Do they really live up to ALL the hype? Is it a beauty essential or can you do without owning one? If these are the questions you’re constantly asking yourself, we’re here to answer each one. We’ll not only give you the lowdown of what exactly a facial oil and an elixir do, but we’ll also recommend a few products we think you’ll love! Here’s everything you need to know about facial oils and elixirs.
Facial oils come in two variants: plant oils and synthetic oils. Each bottle is packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, fatty acids, mineral oil and antioxidants. These ingredients help to build a stronger layer of skin known as the lipid barrier. Using this oil daily can make skin glow and healthy. Even though it’s called a facial oil, you need not use the oil only on your face. You can apply it anywhere on the body.
Contrary to popular belief, applying face oil to your skin does not lead to breakouts. In fact, it’s good for your skin! It reduces skin inflammation and slows down the ageing process! Not to forget that it repairs damaged cells, rejuvenates your skin and improves your overall complexion.
If you have oily skin, this jojoba oil will benefit you the most! Once applied, it easily gets absorbed into the skin and mimics skin’s sebum production (tricking the sebaceous glands to produce less oil) The best part about using this oil is that it does not make your skin feel oily or greasy. It keeps your skin moist, healthy and hydrated.
POPxo Recommends: Khadi Jojoba Oil (Rs 270)
Rosehip oil is a dry textured oil that is able to penetrate into the deepest layers of skin and helps cells regenerate. The oil is rich in Omega-3, Omega-6, fatty acids and Vitamin C. Since the oil has high levels of retinol, it reduces any early signs of ageing and brightens dull skin. For women who have flaky skin or marks and scars on the face, this baby is gold!
POPxo Recommends: Vera Naturals Rosehip Seed Carrier Oil (Rs 499)
You’ll never experience breakouts, or have to deal with blackheads ever again if you have hemp seed oil by your side. Since hemp seed oil is dry in texture, you can mix it with thicker oils like castor and jojoba for greater effect. Remember this important rule: hemp seed oil must be stored in a refrigerator because if it is exposed to heat, the oil could get rancid.
POPxo Recommends: Sweet Essentials Organic Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil (Rs 1,477)
Acne, sun damage, scars, marks, tamanu oil is the best at treating skin. One reason to pick it up is that it has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, compared to all facial oils, tamanu oil is the only oil that contains a lipid known as calophyllolide.
POPxo Recommends: Aura Cacia Organic Skincare Oil Tamanu (Rs 1,899)
Elixirs are like potions which contain various types of oil. Extracts from plants, herbal infusions, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, are usually what most elixirs are made of. When it comes to looking after your skin, they’re quite similar to facial oils. They help nourish, brighten, hydrate and heal dull and damaged skin.
As compared to serums and creams, elixirs are thinner. There are two ways you can include them in your beauty routine: one is to use it as a base for your make-up and second is to use it just before you hit the sack. This will ensure that you wake up to fresh and dewy skin the morning after.
When it comes to investing in a skin elixir, buy one that fits your skin types needs. For dry and flaky skin, a heavier elixir will be your best bet. However, if you’re looking for an elixir that hydrates your skin quickly, you should pick an elixir mist. Also, when choosing an elixir, pay attention to the ingredients mentioned on the elixir packaging. Whether it’s pore refinement, brightening skin or even acne treatment—settle for one that suits your skin’s concern.
1. Roots & Herbs Lavang Rehydrating Skin Elixir (Rs 950)
2. Forest Essentials Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir (Rs 3,395)
3. Farsali Volcanic Elixir Beauty Oil (Rs 590)
Now for the final question - Facial oil or elixir? Which one would you choose? We’d love to know!