Style & Beauty
All About Oil: How Oils Can Transform Your Skin
6/1/2019 1:00:00 PM


Anyone who spent their teenage years blotting their oily faces with tissue in the middle school bathroom is probably wary of using oil to clean skin, clear acne, and seal in moisture. And even those who have never battled oily skin might think it seems strange to incorporate oil into a beauty routine. After all, haven’t we been told not to touch our faces after eating so as not clog our pores with oil from our fingers?

Turns out, there are some oils that are actually great for skin. Oil cleansers are a gentle way to remove dirt and makeup, while oil serums are a secret weapon for fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Here’s everything you need to know about adding oil to your beauty routine.

They’re great protectors 

Oils are lipophilic, which means they dissolve in lipids and fats. That’s good news for skin because it means they dissolve deep into skin and form a barrier, keeping dirt and toxins out. Oils are also excellent for protecting against damage from cold weather. 

As well as excellent cleansers 

Ever used oil to wipe grime off a cast iron skillet while protecting the outer surface of the pan? Honestly, it’s pretty much the same principal. Oil cleansers are great for breaking up makeup (even hard to wash away eye makeup) without stripping skin of its natural moisture, so that tight feeling delicate face skin sometimes gets from a too-harsh cleanser is a thing of the past.  

And packed with antioxidants

Antioxidants (like vitamins C and E) are miracle workers: smoothing fine lines, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and fading dark spots. But many of the moisturizers boasting antioxidants don’t necessarily penetrate deep enough to do much. That’s not the case with oils, which, as stated above, soak deep into the skin to both nourish and form a protective barrier. 

But leave oil until last

If you’re using oil to benefit from antioxidants and lock in moisture, save it until the end of your beauty routine. If you use an oil serum before you moisturize and dab eye cream beneath your lids, what you’re essentially doing is forming a barrier on your face that moisturizers can’t penetrate. Here’s the best order for a beauty routine that incorporates oil: cleanser (oil-based if you want), eye cream, moisturizer, and then oil-based serum. 

Don’t assume all oils are created equal

While some (but certainly not all) oil cleansers and serums can cost a bit more than other beauty products, it’s probably not a great idea to go rooting through your kitchen and using any old oil you come across. Olive and coconut oils can be great for hair, but can clog pores and cause breakouts. For acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can work wonders for clearing complexions. 

If you’re looking to try using oils for skin care, remember to take it slow. Some oils, like rose or tea tree, can be a bit much for sensitive skin, so test products on a small area for a few nights before using them all over. 

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