Face Oils: Your Ultimate Guide
Everything you want to know about face oils is here in our ultimate guide!
The BIG benefits of face oil
The right face oil can deliver big benefits to every routine and skin type. From balancing oil and plumping out lines to boosting moisturisation and hydration to protecting skin from free radicals -
Moisturising: If you have a dry skin type or ageing skin, your skin produces less oil than other skin types - or less than it once did. Not enough oil means the skin struggles to hold moisture which can lead to premature ageing and dryness concerns.
Strengthen the skin barrier: The linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid found in omega fats in various face oils helps keep the skin barrier strong. A strong skin barrier means skin can hold moisture and maintain healthy hydration levels. It also helps protect the skin against external stressors and free radical damage.
Improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: A few oils, including Sandalwood seed oil and rosehip oil, have earned themselves an A++ when it comes to plumping out wrinkles and lines.
Balance oil production: The right face oils can help regulate oil production, reducing congestion, and breakouts.
Address uneven skin tone and scarring: If you’re dealing with uneven skin tone due to hyperpigmentation or scarring, many natural plant-based face oils can help improve the appearance of these concerns.
Best facial oils for different skin concerns
Each oil has different properties to address various concerns and different skin types. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite oils here at Karinda and why we love them!
Sandalwood seed oil
Dehydration | Fine lines and wrinkles | Breakout prone
Suitable for most skin types
With an uplifting fragrance and incredible skin healing properties, sandalwood seed oil is rich in ximenynic acid.
A rare fatty acid, ximenynic acid is known to reduce fine lines, improve skin tone, hydration and increase derma strength
The oil cools and soothes inflamed skin - offering relief from conditions like eczema and dermatitis. It’s antiseptic properties treat acne and the hydration sandalwood seed oil provides makes it a good choice for ageing and mature skin.
It’s clarifying and toning actions help skin appear clearer and tighter. A gentle oil, it’s suitable for most skin types.
Sensitivity | Irritation | Breakout prone | Fine lines and wrinkles
Gentle enough for all skin types
Jojoba is a fantastic choice for all skin types. The special thing about jojoba is the structure of this oil is extremely similar to the skin’s own sebum.
This means the skin readily ‘accepts’ the oil - it can deeply penetrate to soothe and soften while acting as an excellent moisturiser.
It does a great job of balancing both oily and dry skin concerns. It can help dissolve excess oil or mimic the skin’s own sebum when the skin isn’t producing enough.
Non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores and is gentle enough for all skin types.
Jojoba oil is also rich in iodine which fights off pimple forming bacteria and contains Vitamin E which helps to slow signs of ageing.
Camellia Seed Oil
Scarring | Uneven skin tone | Fine lines and wrinkles | Dryness
Suitable for all skin types
With a lightweight, silky texture, camellia seed oil is brimming with omega-9 fatty acids, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamin E, and proteins.
With the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of skin, this oil can boost skin elasticity and hydration while encouraging a more even skin tone.
Dealing with scarring? Camellia seed oil can also help minimise the appearance of scars and encourage skin restoration after cellular injury.
Fine lines and wrinkles | Scarring | Uneven skin tone | Dehydration
Suitable for most skin types
Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil offers tremendous benefits for your skin.
Rich in Vitamin A, which is known to help minimise the appearance of age spots and wrinkles, rosehip oil is revered for its anti-aging benefits.
Antioxidants help reinforce the skin's protective barrier while the fatty acids and Vitamin A in rosehip oil moisturise the skin and promote skin regeneration.
This makes rosehip an oil renowned for its scar minimising and skin smoothing abilities. A fantastic all-round ‘pick me up’ oil for skin.
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil
Dehydration | Free radical damage | Fine lines and wrinkles
Excellent for sensitive skin
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil contains a blend of powerful antioxidants vital for skin health.
Vitamin E neutralises free radicals, moisturises skin, and helps minimise the appearance of visible skin ageing.
Essential fatty acids omega 3,6 and 9 are contained in the oil - all crucial for keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking.
A great choice for sensitive skin, sea buckthorn oil can reduce the irritation associated with skin conditions like rosacea while promoting skin hydration, elasticity, and healthy cell turnover.
Face Oil FAQs
When should I apply face oil?
If you want to maximise the benefits of each of your skincare products, the order you apply them in matters!
If you’ve been confused about exactly when to apply face oil - we’re about to clear that up for you.
If you use a moisturiser and a face oil
Apply the face oil after you moisturise. Let your moisturiser absorb into the skin then apply face oil in a gentle ‘patting’ motion - more on that in a moment.
Face oils will seal in water from the moisturiser, preventing it from evaporating off the skin. Your skin cells then drink up the water that’s been trapped in while the oil remains on the outside of the cell keeping it lubricated and protected.
If you only use a face oil
Gently pat your face oil into your skin straight after cleansing.
If you use a face oil and a serum
Serum after cleansing then follow with your face oil!
Should I use face oil INSTEAD of a moisturiser?
We’re asked this question a lot!
The answer is...it depends on your skin concerns.
Some face oils, like our Sacred Youth Oil, can be used without a moisturiser.
However, if your skin is particularly dry, we recommend teaming your face oil with a moisturiser for added hydration.
A seasonal change can also be a good time to add a face oil to your routine in addition to your moisturiser. Including a deeply hydrating face oil to your winter routine will help keep moisture levels topped up during a season notorious for drying skin.
Can I really use face oil on oily skin?
If your complexion is already oily, it might sound like a disastrous idea to add even more oil to your skin.
But, it can actually be one of the best things you can do.
If you have oily skin and have tried to remedy it by using strong cleansers (the kind that leaves your face feeling tight) chances are you’ve stripped skin of all natural oils. This triggers it to go into overdrive producing even more sebum. You get stuck in a cycle!
Instead, by using the right oil, you can help replenish your skin's natural oils which balances skin and helps keep breakouts at bay.
Why should I ‘pat’ face oil into my skin?
When you apply face oil with a gentle patting motion, rather than rubbing it in, the formula can absorb better into the skin. A patting motion also stimulates blood flow to the area.
With clean hands, gently warm the oil between your fingertips. Then, using the flat pad of your fingertips press the product onto the skin. Pat the area a few times before moving along to the next area.
Sacred Youth Oil is an exquisite blend of healing, nutrient rich botanical oils to reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and hydration and increase derma strength. Award winning skincare.
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