It might sound counter-productive to add oil into your skin care routine, but oil can actually remove makeup, dirt, sweat, and excess sebum, the skin’s natural oil that prevents it from drying out. No matter what your skin type, whether dry, oily, or normal, oils balance, restore and maintain the skin’s moisture, making them a safe option for anyone. To increase the efficacy of an oil based product, look for formulas rich in essential oils which also have distinct properties that can help maintain the skin’s health.
Below are the ways oil can help your skin…
For many of us, clearing the skin of excess oil has always been the goal of using foaming, detergent-based products that cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. These products often deplete the skin of its natural oil, causing skin to produce more oil to compensate for the moisture that was lost. When you wash your face with a cleansing emulsion, it thoroughly removes impurities without stripping. This leaves your skin clean, but soft and conditioned.
Besides using inappropriate cleansers, other lifestyle and environmental factors can deplete the skin of moisture, for example not drinking enough water, taking certain medication, the weather, etc. Using a moisturizer rich in plant oils can replenish your skin with essential fatty acids, which creates a lipid barrier to repair and protect the skin. Since moisture is better retained by the skin this way, the body doesn’t need to produce as much oil, leaving the skin healthier, balanced and less prone to shine.
In addition to their refreshing scents, essential oils have different therapeutic qualities and naturally work well with plant oils. For those with oily skin, rosemary, geranium, and thyme essential oils help to balance the skin’s oil production, but they also have other benefits. Rosemary oil is used to treat acne, tighten, and clarify the skin. Thyme oil kills bacteria on the skin, helping it to attack acne on top and underneath the skin.