You might have guessed it, but the answer is oil. Everywhere I look I am reading about Josie Maran, Linda Rodin, and other face oils that people are swearing have changed their beauty routines completely! This whole time I've feared oil. Having blemish prone skin, adding oil to my skin sounds like my nightmare. Why would I add oil to my already oily face? It seems illogical to me. Actually, the truth is it seems absolutely terrifying. So then why are so many women choosing to take the leap of faith and slather the stuff on their faces? (Okay, maybe not slather, but apply. Sparingly.)
According to Allure Magazine here are 2 good reasons to try face oils:
1. Face oils can plump up your skin and decrease the look of aging. As we get older our skin does get dry, and not in the dehydrated (water) kind of way, but the loss of oil kind of way. Maybe they are onto something. Replacing the oils on your skin can rehydrate areas with fine lines and decrease their appearance. Hmm. Now there's an idea. Rehydration is key for all skin types. Not just aging skin, especially during the winter. Creams and Serums (high concentration treatments) will work as well since most contain oil within them. However, everywhere I look I am reading that face oils will create the most noticeable difference, since they will be the closest thing to replenishing your skins natural oils.
2. They allow your skin to absorb products better. How many of us spend ridiculous amounts on our skin care, hoping to revive its natural radiance we had when we were children (but didn't appreciate)? If putting oil on my skin means it will absorb serums and treatments better then I am all for it!
In conducting my 'research', (aka reading obscene amounts of online articles and reviews about face oil) I discovered an article by the beauty department titled: 9 Best Oils for a Perfect Complexion. The writer seemed to understand my total fear of using oil on my skin. By the end of her article I felt pretty convinced I needed to give face oil a try.
Since I have been treating my skin with various acne treatments, my skin has been put through the ringer. It is so dry, which makes makeup application uneven at best (that's when my skin decides it doesn't want to be flaky that day). I always thought that 'tight' clean feeling meant I had really done the job right. My skin was squeaky clean. Instead my skin was saying, "uh, thanks a lot pal, you just stripped me of all of my natural oil. Looks like I'm going to have to make more (in the form of sebum). Oh and by the way, here's a pimple." I just assume my skin is mean. I think it's time we make friends.
So, in my first attempt to make amends with my skin, I am going to try out Josie Maran's Argan Oil. In fact, while writing this post I ordered this set (since they don't have it at Sephora and I'm a wee bit obsessed with glowing skin at the moment). I will definitely let you know what I think once I've figured out how to use it best.
If you've tried face oils (I know they've been around a while, I'm just new to trying them) please let me know what brands you love, which ones you don't, and what you think of the stuff!
Thanks for reading!
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!