There’s no other way of saying it. The use of beauty oils are essential and EVERYTHING in your skin care regimen. Whether you’re oil cleansing or just using it to lock in moisture, you need them honey. So, I’m going to give you the lowdown on the most popular one’s out there.
IF YOU'RE ACNE-PRONE WITH OILY SKIN, LISTEN UP!
Great, now that I’ve got your attention, let me share a secret with you: oils are NOT the enemy. Well, not all of them at least.
I’m sure you’ve had conversations about how oils should be avoided if you have oily skin because all they will do is clog your pores. Well, the truth is, YES- oils can clog your pores- however, that's generally if you’re using them wrong.
No matter if you have oily skin, dry skin or even normal skin, you’ll need to make sure that you’re using your oils last in your regimen.
Most dermatologists will tell you oils don’t actually moisturize your
skin because they are not humectants but rather sealants. A humectant will draw water into the skin and retain moisture while a sealant will softens and coats the top layer.
HERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT OILS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
SWEET ALMOND OIL
This sweet baby has been around for centuries as a beauty go-to and is trusted in the skin care community. So what makes it so special? The oil is comprised of fatty acids, and vitamin E which makes it easily absorbed by the skin. Sweet almond oil can be used to reduce inflammation, rejuvenate the skin, and may also reverse sun damage.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
With such an elegant name, you’d expect nothing less than the best from this oil. This oil is usually taken orally but can also be used topically. Its origins go way back to early Native American civilizations who boiled the plant and used it to speed up the healing time of bruises/cuts on the skin.
In most recent history, dermatologists have been using it to help speed up the process of clearing acne from the skin by prescribing or recommending the oral version to their patients. Just make sure if you’re going to go this route, you speak to your doctor.
TEA TREE & LAVENDER OIL
These two oils are very similar in A) they are both essential oils and B) they both may treat skin by use of their anti-bacterial properties.
Now listen- if there is a product that has Lavender oil…I’m all over it, mainly because the smell is intoxicating and it makes me sleepy! But also, Lavender has a seriously soothing feeling on your skin.
Tea tree oil is also known to assist in alleviating acne by using it as a spot treatment. My suggestion is to use 1 part tea tree oil and 2 parts carrier oil (like sweet almond oil) or water and apply to acne.
But be aware, tea tree and lavender are both pretty strong, so you’re going to need to patch test this one out on your skin to make sure you don’t have an adverse effect.
Oh and a little bit about me, you ask?
My name is Shoshana and I test skin care products for brown girls all around the world. Skin care is my obsession, passion and love. I had the worst cystic acne from the age of 13-28, and I lived to tell my story lol. I love long walks to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and I’m sort of an introvert. If you want to stay connected to me, hit me up at @glowformeskin and let’s be friends.