July 30, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

4 Reasons Why Facial Oils Are a Total Game Changer

Oils are for much more than just cooking nowadays! With their nourishing and anti-aging abilities, concentrated concoctions like rosehip, argan, and marula oil are taking over skincare shelves by storm. Whether your complexion is sensitive, dry, oily (yes, oily!) or anything in between, products formulated with essential oils can really up your skincare game — and here’s why!

Essential Facial Oils

1. They’re loaded with potent vitamins and antioxidants.

Which means hello healthy, glowing skin. According to NYC-based cosmetic and medical dermatologist, Gervaise Gerstner facial oils are an excellent way to get antioxidants and vitamins quickly into the skin. “Oils are absorbed quickly, and soften the appearance of fine lines,” she explains.

Packed with antioxidant extracts and powerful peptides like vitamin E, C, A and ferulic acid, oils create a protective barrier against environmental factors (like pollution and toxins) that are known to have harsh effects on skin.  They work by speeding up the skin’s natural repair system to counteract signs of skin damage, aging, and uneven tone and texture.

2. They deliver an instant boost of hydration.

Due to their high content of essential fatty acids, it’s clear that dry skin can benefit from the hydrating powers of facial oils. But did you know that oily skin and acne-prone skin can too?! “Facial oils should not cause oily skin to break out. Use a small amount at first to test,” Dr. Gerstner advises. “The oils absorb instantly so the skin does not look greasy or shiny but rather has a sheer glow.”

And because of their healing nature, facial oils can help treat acne without over-drying skin, which typically leads to your oil production kicking into overdrive! Because these oils are plant-based, they differ from the natural oil your skin produces. This gives them the ability to balance skin and restore overactive glands without clogging pores. So you can fight oil with oil!

3. They can even calm the most sensitive skin.

Whether it’s acne, rosacea, incessant flaking or your skin is just sensitive to the touch, oils have the ability to decrease inflammation and soothe skin on contact. Look for ingredients like chamomile and rosehip to help reduce redness, soften skin, treat irritation and even heal sun-scorched skin. 

4. They have aromatherapeutic qualities.   

Aside from their hydrating, age-defying and skin-soothing abilities, facial oils just simply smell and feel amazing! With calming ingredients like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and citrusy scents like tangerine, grapefruit and lemon — they have a way of putting your skin, body and mind at ease. It’s said that many of these ingredients have the ability to relieve nervousness and irritability while uplifting your spirit and self-esteem! Great skin, comfort and confidence? Sign us up!

Already love facial oils? Check out our other skincare tips here!

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.