FACIAL OILS 101
By The Beauty Hub | June 30th, 2016 | Beauty Articles,Editors Pick,News
Google generates over 18 million results when you search the term facial oil, so clearly there’s a lot of information out there. For many, facial oils are often seen as the complicated part of their skincare routine, not knowing which oils suit their skin type or how to use and apply them.
“Not all oils are made equal” explains Georgie Cleeve, OSKIA’s founder. “It’s the chemical content, including Omega content and balance that sets different oils apart.” To demystify facial oils, Georgie has put together an informative guide on which oils different skin types should look out for.
“Using an oil to treat oily skin might seem contradictory, but it actually reduces over-stimulated sebum production over time. Typically, oily skin types, including acne-prone, have higher levels of oleic acid (omega 9) than linoleic (omega 6) so try to find oils high in linoleic acid to balance out serum production. Evening Primrose Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil, containing 72% and 44% linoleic acid respectively, would work best.”
“All oils will benefit dry skin, but look for those that contain high oleic acid, such as Camellia Oil which contains a whopping 85%” explains Georgie.
“Rosehip Seed Oil. It’s incredibly high in natural Vitamin A which helps regenerate and repair, making it ideal for all skin types, but particularly beneficial for sun damaged, mature or scarred skin.”
“Echium Oil is fantastic for sensitive skin types, including those who suffer from eczema. It contains one of the highest levels of omega 3, the anti-inflammatory omega, plus 14% Stearidonic Acid, which is what really sets it apart from other oils. Stearidonic Acid reduces skin inflammation and has been found to inhibit the action of an enzyme thought to be responsible for eczema flare ups.”
“If you’re lucky enough to have relatively normal skin, use Rosehip Seed Oil as it won’t clog pores thanks to its high linolenic acid content. It’s pretty much the number one oil for everyone. For this reason, it’s one of the main oils I included in our Restoration Oil.”
When and How to Use
“You can use facial oils both morning and night, but most people tend to just stick to the evenings. Apply a few drops after your moisturiser for the best results” explains Georgie. “The actual massaging of the oil into the skin boosts skin circulation and brings fresh nutrients to the skin cells, which in turn boosts radiance and helps to tone facial muscles.”
OSKIA Restoration Oil, £62 is available at Space.NK which deliver internationally.
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