Facial oils are fascinating beauty products. They've been around for a while and most of us love 'em because they add moisturise and radiance to dehydrated and mature skin. Facial oils also even out your skin tone and protect your complexion from getting damaged by the sun. In spite of their worldwide popularity, it's sadly not a common skin care product found or used in our desi households. Facial oils not only have the power to make your skin appear youthful and well-hydrated but also give it that healthy glow. If your facial oil isn't doing all that amazing stuff for your skin, these could be a few possible reasons.
Let's get to the bottom of this!
Not every facial oil works for every skin type. Only shop according to your concern. Imagine picking up a facial oil for oily skin when you actually have dry skin - disaster, right? Here are a few pointers you need to screenshot, right away.
Less is more, even in the case of facial oils. If you apply too much of it, the oil can clog your pores, make your hair greasy and cause breakouts. This will bring back the glow no doubt, but pimples as well. Depending on how wide and long your face is, 3-5 drops should be more than enough.
Most of us get this wrong and it's something we need to get rectified immediately. When you apply facial oil, number one, make sure that your skin is moisturised or damp so that your pores are able to absorb the product better. Number two, don't rub the oil into your skin - the key is to gently press the oil onto your face. You can use a facial roller or a Gua Sha tool to quickly give your face a massage. This will improve blood circulation and increase product penetration.
It's important to learn when to apply facial oil. Applying your skincare products in the correct order is essential to ensure that your skin can reap the benefits of all those products.
Should you be applying facial oil before or after moisturiser? Well, that's an ongoing debate in the beauty community. Simplifying the process for you - If you're using water-based products in your skincare routine, facial oil should be the last step. It'll seal in all that hydration you've just packed on. This stems from the fact that facial oil - because of it's larger molecular structure doesn't allow other products to penetrate through your skin. So if you were to apply your facial oil and then follow it up with your serum and moisturiser - that wouldn't be as effective. Facial oil is best used in conjunction with (and layered on after) other products like serums & moisturisers.
But if you find that applying facial oil onto damp skin or clean skin works best for you, by all means, you do you girl!
When was the last time you checked the expiry date of your facial oil? If it's more than a year old, opened and used for a couple of times, it probably has passed its shelf life. All facial oils last for about 9-12 months. This is because a lot of them are packed with active ingredients and natural, cold-pressed oils. Forget about making your skin glow, and old facial oil can cause rashes and breakouts if it has gone bad.
Now that you know the reasons, make sure that you never make these mistakes ever again.