The rise of the green beauty movement has meant an increase in the usage of face oils for the consumers. It has been said that since oils have no fillers or other “useless chemicals”, it is better for the skin since it is full of pure nutritive goodness. Many people have replaced their moisturisers and serums with exclusively facial oils.
Recently, however there has been a fascinating counter push back to the trend of using just facial oils. People began complaining that their skins became dehydrated and clogged after using solely facial oils and switched back to their normal creams. Now, that is indeed quite interesting. Aren’t oils supposed to be more hydrating or moisturising than creams? Why are these people complaining that their skin actually get more dehydrated when they use face oils?
I believe that this is because people are confused about something which is fundamentally important to maintain healthy skin. Your skin needs both water and lipids (oil) to be healthy. The term “moisturiser” is actually rather ambiguous. When you moisturise, do you help your skin retain water, or lipids (oil) or both? For example, an oil-free gel moisturiser hydrates skin but it doesn’t feed it with lipids. It’s called a moisturiser. On the other hand, a face oil feeds the skin with lipids but it lacks humectant (water-binding) ingredients, so it doesn’t hydrate skin. And yet it is also called a moisturiser. It is important to note that while many oils claim to be hydrating, unless that particular oil contains humectant (water-binding) ingredients, the oils actually aren’t hydrating. They only “hydrate” by forming an occlusive barrier to seal in whatever water-based products you had applied on your skin previously. That is why some people complain that their skin feels “dry” even after applying oils. Their skins are not “dry”, their skins are actually “dehydrated”.
For me personally, I always use a water-based hydrating serum underneath my face oils. That way, I get the best of both worlds – the moisture from the serum as well as the fortifying effects of the face oils. I also make sure to only use face oils which are non-pore clogging for my skin. I do love using face oils as they are so nourishing, and versatile enough to be used in many different ways.
So back to the question asked in the title of this post, should you be using facial oils? I believe that the answer is yes, if you are finding that your normal moisturisers aren’t quite giving you that “glow” anymore, you might want to try incorporating a face oil into your skincare regime. However, you might need to experiment on the type of face oils which are suitable for yourself and will not clog your pores. Also, you need to note that some people are actually allergic to essential oils and might get contact dermatitis if they use essential oils. If you are not sure whether you are allergic to any ingredients, please do a patch test to confirm first before applying it on your face.
I’ll be sharing with you my face oil collection and the ways to use them soon!
As always, thank you for reading!