Oil based skincare refers to skincare that relies mostly on oils to address skin concerns and moisturize the skin. Oils are made up of various components including fatty acids (not the face peel or harsh kind), antioxidants, and vitamins. They tend to be less irritating, when used properly, more traditional skincare often contains preservatives and alcohols both of which are known irritants. Oils are non occlusive, meaning then don’t inhibit your skin’s ability to expel bacteria and toxins.
Oils are also very potent, a little goes a long way, even 3-4 drops of oil might be enough for your entire face. They are great for those with both dry skin and oily skin conditions, it comes down to what type of oil works best for your skin. Oils high in oleic acid tend to be slightly heavier, sit more on the surface of your skin, and limit moisture loss. Oils high in linoleic acid are lighter, absorb more quickly, and absorb deeper into your epidermis. Often those with both oily and dry skin tend to respond better to oils with a more balanced ratio of the two, or oils that lean more towards higher linoleic acid ratios. The best way to use oils is to layer them, adjusting the quantity used based on your skin’s needs.
How to Apply
Layering oil is a good way to customize your skincare and get the most out of each ingredient. Apply water based serums and oils that are described as light or fast absorbing first, then follow with heavier oils. Start off with a few drops of oil and see how your skin reacts throughout the day, is it dry, is it oily? Continue to customize your skincare by adjusting the amount used to find what works best for you. Try using 3-4 drops and then apply a couple drops to your areas of concern first and adjust from there. You might need to adjust the amount or type of oil used depending on the time month, year (dryness), or your skin needs.
Use 4-6 drops of Prickly Pear Seed Oil or Holy Grail Anti-Aging Face Oil Elixir across your face, neck, and décolleté, don’t forget about under your eyes. Allow this to absorb in for a minute, you should not have a heavy layer of oil remaining on your skin, use less next time if you do. Apply eye oil after this step.
Next apply 5-8 drops of Hello Gorgeous Anti-Aging Face Oil across your face and neck, use a couple more drops for your décolleté. Same as previous step, allow to absorb in for a minute or two and do not use too much oil. This will be enough for many people, if you find your skin is still dry, continue to next step.
As the last step, apply 2-10 drops of Rescue Me Hydrating Face Oil to areas of your skin that tends to be drier, this oil works particularly well on the décolleté to combat the wrinkles that come with age.
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Traditional cleansers often contain soaping agents that can strip the skin and leave it feeling dry and eventually irritate the skin. Oil cleansers will not leave the dry squeaky feeling that it can have from soaping cleansers. Your skin should feel slightly tacky but with no oily residue remaining.
Oil cleansers often work well at removing waterproof mascara and eye makeup, the oils help to breakdown the makeup. Some oils are very similar to the sebum that your skin produces, like removes like, using an oil helps to thoroughly breakdown and remove the dirt, bacteria, and toxins trapped in the sebum on the surface of your skin.
Definitions – Common Terms
Occlusive – an ingredient that forms a barrier on the skin, which limits water loss from your skin but also does not allow your skin to purge bacteria and toxins trapped underneath. These are helpful in specific uses, such as targeted dry spots or your feet, but not for everyday use on the skin on your face.
Oleic Acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid) – this deeply moisturizing Omega 9 supports the efforts of the other oil components by creating a natural barrier on your skin and has been shown to encourage absorption of your skincare layered underneath
Linoleic Acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) – works to strengthen your skin barrier and capillaries, limits water loss, and fights the collagen loss that can lead to wrinkles
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