If the thought of adding jojoba oil to your night-time skincare routine conjures up the image of waking up to fresh pimples, you might want to think again. Some of the top dermatologists today contend that facial oils can greatly aid most skin concerns – from moringa oil nourishing eczema-prone skin to rosehip oil balancing out excess sebum. At Auravedic, we’re big fans of plant-derived facial oils, especially those made using traditional Ayurvedic formulations that have been perfected over centuries. If you’re on the fence about adding oils to your skincare routine, here is a definitive list of the benefits of face oils and why using them might just give you the dewy skin you’re craving.
Why use face oils:
- They’re full of nutrients: Different oils are rich in different skin nutrients. Rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin A, while Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E. But vitamins are just a starter. The main course is the minerals like copper, zinc, and phosphorus as well as the antioxidants present in each of these oils. Each face oil fulfils multiple skin aiding functions- from reducing signs of ageing to fading skin pigmentation all while deeply penetrating the skin and keeping it nourished. For almost every skin concern out there, face oil exists.
- They protect your skin: Oils are lipophilic meaning they trap water and moisture into the skin, keeping it nourished and preventing water loss throughout the day and/or while you sleep. This is very valuable for skin that needs to hold onto water to stay healthy since it loses its ability to hold onto this water as it ages. Simultaneously, oils also create an impenetrable barrier on the skin’s surface which prevents pollutants, smog, and other irritants from entering and damaging the skin tissue.
- They are anti-inflammatory: Many skin conditions- from allergic rashes to breakouts result in red inflamed skin. Most face oils have anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to inflamed surfaces, they quell this irritated skin. Avocado oil and grapeseed oil are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
- They heal the skin without drying it out: Over-the-counter steroid-based acne treatments are definitely effective but can result in dry and rough patches for even the oiliest skin types. In contrast, the benefit of using face oils as skin treatments is that your skin gets replenished while being healed. Usually, the recovery time with face oils will be longer than with a topical steroid cream, so consult with a dermatologist before selecting one or both for your skin concern.
- They help reduce signs of ageing: Signs of ageing are more prominent when the skin isn’t adequately moisturised and appears dry. Not only do facial oils fill microscopic cracks in the skin and make the skin appear plumper (akin to a makeup primer), but they also contain antioxidants that help lessen signs of ageing. Hence, adding face oil to boost the skin’s moisture content diminishes both the appearance and development of fine lines and wrinkles.
In a nutshell
A millennia-old skincare practice; face oils have been loved by cultures all over the world. Ancient Egyptians were known for their use of moringa oil as skin food. In the west, the Greeks were using a mix of yoghurt and olive oil to recover sun-baked skin. It’s no surprise face oils are making a comeback today, since their benefits have been well-documented in the history of skincare for thousands of years.