Facial Oils Are Trending and Here’s What You Need to Know

Once upon a time the thought of putting anything oily onto our skin was met with a fear of clogged pores, shiny foreheads and separated makeup by lunch time. In fact, beauty aficionados went out of their way to avoid products with oil in them altogether.

Now though, face oils are having their moment in the spotlight with more and more people turning to them to boost their skincare routines. There’s a different face oil for every skin type and concern and even hero products that are universally effective.

And, unlike their old school counterparts, modern face oils are formulated with skin loving ingredients only and are non-comedogenic meaning they won’t clog your pores.

Most of us currently incorporate one or more serums into our routines and you may be wondering what’s the difference between an oil and a serum?

Well, serums are typically highly concentrated forms of active ingredients generally with a water base or other ingredient that will keep the active stable. These ingredients are able to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin thanks to their smaller molecular structure. They come in a variety of consistencies and treat a host of concerns.

Facial oils typically contain plant extracts and essentials oils that provide hydration and nutrition to the outer layers of skin via lipids. These lipids fortify the skin’s moisture barrier keeping it balanced. A strong moisture barrier and balanced skin help to fight damage caused by environmental aggressors, premature ageing and even acne. Due to the variety of molecule sizes in oil blends, they make great moisturisers.

As someone with combination skin, I always feared that putting more oil onto my face would only exacerbate the oiliness, however it does in fact do the opposite. A facial oils ability to balance your skin comes down to it being able to stabilise your oil production. Using a face oil will tell your skin you have enough oil and it will stop producing more itself.

For acne sufferers, good quality face oils offer anti-inflammatory properties that will settle redness and bumps and can help to prevent post-acne hyper-pigmentation.

So which oil is right for you?

Youth To The People’s newest addition to their superfood skincare range, Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil, is an intensely nourishing oil that absorbs quickly so you can easily layer the rest of your skincare on top. I’ve been using it religiously at night for months to combat Winter skin and give my skin a boost of nourishment while using drying, acne fighting products.  Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, is combined with açaí and goji, creating a potent blend of antioxidants. The best place to pick it up in Oz is in store at Sephora.

Skincare wizard, Zoë Foster Blake, swears by her brand Go-To’s Face Hero oil and rightly so. Loaded with essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, this oil works to hydrate, revive, brighten and prevent fine lines, dark spots, dryness and ageing inflammation. Consistency wise it’s heavy enough to make you all glowy and feel hydrated without feeling greasy. It absorbs quickly and works well under makeup as well.

Sunday Riley have a range of face oils all designed to target different concerns. Most are a combination oil meaning they have active ingredients you’d normally expect in serums mixed with an oil base. The combination allows your skin to target concerns while nourishing and helping to preserve your protective barrier. Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil combines antioxidants, amino acids, omegas and vitamin C to give you a glowing complexion. The oil is seriously quick absorbing and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin whatsoever. You can comfortably layer it at night for an extra boost.

For oily or acne prone skin, Sunday Riley’s U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Oil gives you the benefit of salicylic acid that targets deep down in your pores to dissolve everything that’s clogging them while nourishing with ingredients like chamomile and neroli. It’s definitely one to save for evening use but is great for gals who enjoy a simple skincare routine and don’t want to do too much layering.

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