By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
Oils are bad. Or so we have been taught to believe. Growing up, most of us might have used soap too often, let the soap suds stay too long on our skin, or love the dry, clean feeling that soap gives. We thought that soaps are the most effective way to get rid of pimple-causing dirt and oil, right? Wrong. While soaps do remove bacteria and oil, it may just remove too much. This is why the oil-cleansing method is continuously rising in popularity. It naturally cleans without removing the skin’s natural oils. And now, by adding facial oils to your regimen, you can achieve clearer, better, and even younger skin without the chemicals, dryness, and irritation.
A better way to clean
Our skin is built in with natural oils that moisturize, balance, and protect our skin. It is just the way our skin works. Stripping off these natural oils may signal our skin to produce more oil, disrupt its balance, and invite more bacteria to flourish, only making the skin worse than before. So here’s what you should remember: oil dissolves oil. That’s right. Oil won’t just sit on your skin. In fact, using the right oil can attract deep-seated dirt and bacteria effectively without stripping off your own skin’s oils or disrupt your skin’s balance. Plus, the oil-cleansing method is really simple: massage the oil on your face for about two minutes, place a hot wash cloth over your face for 10 seconds, and wipe away. Do this method once a day, preferably at night, to get naturally clean skin.
Keeping skin youthful
Aside from the cleansing method, using the right kind of oil for your skin in exchange of your serums can reap benefits like moisturized and nourished skin, as various oils have certain vitamins and nutrients like carotenoids, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E that firm, heal, and protect the skin even better. There are more than 15 oils that have anti-aging properties for you to discover, including marula oil and apricot kernel oil that are also anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants, blackberry seed oil that also targets large pores and blemishes, olive oil that moisturizes skin as well, and pomegranate seed oil that also helps with faster cell turnover, among others.Mixing oils like a pro
To use oils effectively and efficiently, you must be able to find the right kind of mix suited for your skin. To start, there are two types of oils: carrier or base oils, and essential oils. Essential oils are mostly too strong for your skin, which is why you will need to mix it with carrier oils to dissolve it and make it more suitable for the skin. Take note, however, that not all oils are suitable for all skin types. For oily skin, make sure to use non-comedogenic oils that has linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fat that do not clog pores. Hemp seed oil, safflower oil, evening primrose oil, and sunflower oil are some examples suitable for oily skin. For dry skin, use carrier oils that have oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid is absorbed more slowly by the skin. Well-known oils that contain a good amount of oleic acid are olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, and argan oil. Those with combination skin can also benefit from almond oil and argan oil. Meanwhile, jojoba oil is best for all skin types. When it comes to essential oils, you can go ahead and try which is best for you. Each essential oil is loaded with benefits depending on your skin’s needs. Mix a few drops with your carrier oil and you’re good to go! Popular ones are the anti-inflammatory calendula or thyme that is good for acne, chamomile that is soothing and reduces redness for sunburns and eczema, and geranium that can firm and tighten skin! Try these out and mix your ratios for two weeks until you find the right oil for you.
Sometimes, the best solution can be found in nature. Facial oils that were once a no-no is now getting well-known as a skin care superpower. Try mixing your own solution and see if your skin will improve. Remember, every skin responds differently, so you will have to be patient until you find the right solution. Also, for those with sensitive skin, it is best if you can perform a patch test on one small area of the skin before applying it fully. If you are interested in facial oils but are not sure if this is for you, ask your dermatologist about it and see if you can add it to your regimen. Who knows, facial oils may be the fountain of youth everyone is looking for.