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  • Writer's pictureGayle Reich

5 reasons we’re obsessed with face oil and you should be too

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

The days of the foaming cleanser on your bathroom shelf are numbered; we’re about to introduce you to the amazing beauty results of oil-based cleansing and moisturizing.

You might have a few doubts; won’t oil seriously clog pores? How could cleansing with oil be great for skin that’s already oily? Hold tight. We’ve got the answers.

Many oils will clean, not clog, your pores An oil-based cleanser grabs hold of the impurities on the surface of the skin, pulling out all the sweat, dirt and excess oil that’s made their way deep into the pore. Once you’ve massaged the cleanser thoroughly in, when you rinse it away, all the impurities and excess oil will be washed away.Aloe oil is particularly helpful for large pores; its natural astringent and emollient properties help cleanse and shrink the pore while moisturizing your skin.

Oil regulates the production of sebum You may be a little hesitant to cover your face with oil if your skin is already oily. Don’t be.If you’re stuck in the oily skin cycle, you’re probably using a cleanser that’s stripping skin of vital oils. When you’re feeling greasy, it’s tempting to reach for a cleanser that sucks up all the oil, but this only makes the situation worse.When your skin is stripped of natural oil (the ‘tight’ feeling after cleansing) your sebaceous glands go into overdrive, making oil like crazy to replace what you’ve lost. Soon skin is swimming in oil again, you reach for the cleanser and so the cycle continues. By using an oil-based cleanser, sebaceous glands won’t go into overdrive and skin will begin to balance out.Grapeseed oil is especially beneficial for oily skin as it’s light and easily absorbed.

Oils are an anti-ageing cocktail for your skin Plant-based oils are a great way to pack a range minerals and nutrients into a simple skincare routine. Face oil made from a blend of natural oils is a cocktail of potent antioxidants to help slow ageing and minimise free radical damage. Here some oils we’re calling out for a special A++ mention:

Argan oil: Packed with vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this oil has been referred to as ‘liquid gold’ when it comes to fighting wrinkles.

Rosehip oil: One of the best anti-ageing oils chock full of vitamins E, C, D, and beta-carotene.

Avocado oil: Rich in beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid which have an immediate effect on the appearance of your skin.

Sandalwood: Anti-inflammatory with powerful antioxidants reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and increase hydration and derma strength.

Oil makes an excellent makeup remover It’s surprising, but oil does a stellar job at removing makeup, even the tough stuff like waterproof mascara. Many synthetic makeup removers harm skin because they’re chock full of chemicals. Ditching them in favour of a natural oil cleanser is a far better option to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. In our Purifying Cleanser, you’ll find luxurious oils like lavender, sandalwood and frankincense that will gently but effectively remove all makeup and other impurities, leaving skin nourished, not stripped.

Oils make your moisturizer work harder If you want to maximise the amount of hydration your moisturizer delivers; apply a face oil afterwards. Moisturizer attracts hydration to the skin but by applying a layer of oil over the moisturizer, it seals in the hydration and prevents it evaporating. Thirsty skin cells then drink up the moisture while the oil sits on the outside of the cell, providing protection and keeping it supple. Or, a blend of oils, like our All In One Oil means you can skip moisturizing with a cream or lotion altogether. The divine blend of nourishing oils like aloe, argan, avocado, rosehip and calendula (to mention just a few!) make this an incredible ‘one stop shop’ when it comes to moisturizing.

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