If you’re someone with an oily skin type, you might recoil at the thought of using a face oil. Voluntarily adding oil to an already oily face? No thank you! But here’s the truth: they’re not all bad! Here’s a quick rundown on finding the perfect oil for your skin type and how to use it.
1. Not all oils clog pores
Oily skin pals and gals, you’ll want to opt for a non-comedogenic or low-comedogenic oil. These oils are of a low rating (0-1) on the comedogenic scale and will not clog pores. This ensures your skin is nourished and hydrated, which will prevent it from breaking out. Some popular options are squalane oil, jojoba oil, marula oil and sweet almond oil.
2. Oils are great hydrators
When skin is dehydrated, it tends to produce oil to compensate for the lack of hydration, hence the skin becomes oily. If this is the case, what the skin needs is a lightweight but effective moisturiser. Using an oil can balance and regulate oil production, keeping the t-zone and other parts of the face in check.
3. Use an oil as the last step of your routine
For all steps of your skincare routine to be effective, make sure you’re applying products starting from the most watery texture to the more dense texture. This is so that each product can be absorbed into the skin and a denser product isn’t preventing the absorption of a lighter one. Given that logic, an oil should come as the last step of the routine. If an oil is enough to wrap up your routine, finish there and don’t overload the skin by adding a moisturiser on top.
- Written by Hazel Leung, for GLOWGEAR