The Absolute Best Face Oil for Your Skin Type
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There's a reason beauty pros seem to be obsessed with face oils lately. These plant-based, natural soothers can lock in moisture, help prevent lines, and even ward off breakouts. Want in on this trend, but not sure how to choose one the best one for your skin type? Read on!
Skin has a gatekeeper known as the acid mantle, which acts as a barrier that keeps moisture in and irritants out. If you have dry skin, your barrier might be compromised. (That's why dry skin and sensitive skin often go hand-in-hand — when your gatekeeper's falling down on the job, irritants get into skin more easily.)
What your skin needs at that point is proper hydration. And while any oil can help replenish the skin's lipids, coconut oil is an especially good pick for dry skin. Research shows it's even more effective than mineral oil at helping skin retain moisture, and because it's an anti-inflammatory, it'll also soothe redness and flaking. You can find it in Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil, which lists coconut oil as its first ingredient. For skin that's super dry, layer a moisturizer over the facial oil.
You don't necessarily need more moisture, since your skin is already making the right amount, but you could benefit from oils that have all kinds of other benefits. Grape-seed oil and jojoba oil, for example, are antioxidants that fight off the damage caused by ultraviolet light, which ultimately leads to spots and wrinkles. (Both of these ingredients are also found in Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil. You can also try four or five drops of argan oil, sourced from the seeds of Moroccan argan trees, which contain healing and anti-aging properties to keep skin balanced, hydrated, and glowing.
If you have an oily T-zone, try an oil that also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, like marula oil (made from the nut of the African marula tree) to prevent skin damage and fight breakouts at once. Simply apply three drops of the oil onto your palm and then apply it your skin to keep it balanced and breakout-free. (Focus on the dry parts but don't be afraid to apply it to the oilier parts — marula oil's antibacterial properties won't break you out.)
You're thinking oil = breakouts. But there's an oil that's a natural bacteria killer and it actually fights breakouts: tea tree oil. You can use it as a spot treatment on acne or use a tea tree oil face wash to treat your entire face. It's gentler than the usual acne treatments of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, so if either of those ingredients have given you dry, flaky skin in the past, it's worth giving tea tree oil a go.
Article Credit: Cosmopolitan