If the idea of coating your hair, face, and body with beauty oil doesn’t sound appealing, you’re not alone. Although there are more oils on the market than ever before, many women are hesitant to incorporate them into their beauty routines for fear they’ll wind up with clogged pores and greasy skin. But what you might not realize is that oils are packed with antioxidants for shiny hair, strong nails, and a glowing complexion, and, actually, many oils are noncomedogenic (meaning they won’t clog the pores).
If you’re just getting started with beauty oil, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Oils are not moisturizers!
Oils can be moisturizing—but they shouldn’t be used in place of a traditional cream moisturizer. Yes, they make your skin feel soft, but that’s because they’re occlusives, meaning they form a thin layer on top of your skin to seal in moisture. Humectants, the ingredient in moisturizers that literally draws water into the skin, sinks deeper to provide more long-lasting hydration. So use your facial oil first and then layer your favorite moisturizer over it.
2. They not only repair, but oils protect the skin as well.
Oils are packed with natural fats and antioxidants that, in addition to hydrating dry skin, can help repair and protect against a number of skin issues. Vitamins A and E, for example, are often used in anti-aging facial oils. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can counter hyperpigmentation while fighting against free radicals in the environment, and vitamin K is great for brightening.
3. You can even use oil on oily skin.
Jojoba is an oil that can benefit oily or acne-prone skin by helping manage sebum (the fatty oil from sebaceous glands) production. Similarly, the lightweight grape-seed oil can also help to prevent pimples by balancing out the skin.
4. Your hair and nails can benefit from oils too.
Hair oils can add luster, tame flyaways, and reduce frizz on almost all hair types. But apply sparingly, and use on your ends only, especially if you have thin, fine hair. Most of us only need a drop or two of an oil like almond, argan, or Moringa for noticeable shine and moisture. For stronger nails (and possible fewer hangnails), massage oil into your fingertips a few times a day.
5. Oils are great carriers for perfume.
If you’re still not ready to jump on the beauty oil bandwagon, why not warm up to the idea with Eau De Royal Secret Bath Oil by Five Star Fragrances? Applied directly to the skin, perfume oils don’t fade as quickly as sprays, and they’re more concentrated, too. While perfumed oils aren’t exactly beauty oils, you’ll definitely feel more beautiful after applying them!
The key to beauty oils is knowing which ones provide the most benefits and which may clog your pores and leave your skin slick. Keep these tips in mind while you add oils into your newly improved skin-care routine.