Face Oil – More Than Just a Moisturizer

Laura Tolentino

Face oil can provide more than hydration to skin; the appropriate formula may even protect from free radical damage and enhance elasticity to even out your complexion.

Experts we consulted recommend always opting for non-comedogenic face oils to minimize clogging of pores. Below you’ll find low-comedogenic options which nourish skin without leading to breakouts.

1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an organic moisturizer made from the seeds of a shrub native to North American deserts, called Oro de Sonora Pure Jojoba Family Farms in Brea, California. According to Kirk Aronstam of Oro de Sonora Pure Jojoba Family Farms: “Jojoba oil doesn’t break down either in its container or on your skin – and has exceptional stability!”

Jojoba face oils are some of the most versatile on the market. From using it alone or mixing it with your products to enhance their effectiveness and provide moisture, to being ideal for people with sensitive skin due to being non-greasy and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores or cause breakouts), and possessing anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe red, irritated patches while helping prevent flare-ups from returning, they have something for every situation imaginable!

Studies have demonstrated the emollient properties of jojoba oil can improve skin softness and surface-softening effects appear to reduce flaking [5]. Furthermore, its water control abilities help ensure moisture stays inside skin pores for extended periods, keeping moisture within.

O’Hara notes that cucumber contains antioxidants which may provide protection from environmental factors that contribute to wrinkle formation, including oxidative stress. Furthermore, it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, killing some bacteria and fungus while simultaneously combatting oxidative damage to keep skin looking young and healthy.

Jojoba oil can be found in many beauty products, such as those offered by Jane Iredale such as BeautyPrep Facial Moisturizer and Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer; HandDrink Hand Cream, PureMoist Lipstick and Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer. You can purchase it as a serum or simply mix a few drops into your cleanser routine for optimal results.

2. Argan Oil

Argan oil has long been considered the holy grail of face oils for good reason. As a lightweight, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly into skin tissue quickly while simultaneously being highly moisturizing and highly beneficial, only a couple of drops are required to cover all your face’s surface area. Plus it boasts plenty of beneficial ingredients like vitamin E, carotenoids, omega-6/omega-9 fatty acids (omega-6/omega-9 ratios), and phenols which all provide incredible skin benefits!

Argan oil stands out from other face oils by its lightweight formula and non-greasy texture, making it suitable for all skin types. Not only is it great for dry skin types, but its anti-oily properties may help those with oily complexions reduce excess oil (although argan oil should not be used as an oil cleanser). Furthermore, studies have also demonstrated how argan oil improves stretch marks and wrinkles as well as sun damage prevention.

Argan oil, often referred to as liquid gold for its rich nourishing properties, is produced from the kernels of an argan tree native to southwestern Morocco and often considered liquid gold due to its unique combination of properties. Used widely across products ranging from face masks and shampoos, argan oil’s most desirable qualities for skin include having an amber hue with silky smooth textures when touched, mild nutty scents and certified organic status or protected geographical indentification (PGI). When purchasing argan oil for optimal results look for it to ensure quality assurance! When selecting argan Oil look for certified organic or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) certifications; otherwise look for product with these attributes for best results when purchasing argan Oil as these will have gold like qualities when purchasing.

Be mindful that, like any facial oil, argan oil may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to nuts. It’s best to use sparingly or avoid altogether; otherwise it could lead to rashes or acne breakouts. Also make sure that before making regular use of it you test a small hidden patch of skin first!

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid, found naturally within your body, works to cushion and lubricate tissues, skin cells, and joints while also keeping skin hydrated – this makes a big difference when treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronan can be found in many skincare products, from cleansers and serums to moisturizers and eye cream. You may even consider getting injections (for sculpting and bulking up areas of the face) or taking an oral supplement containing it – though prior consultation with a healthcare provider should always be conducted, since any reactions such as rash or swelling could potentially arise from doing this.

Topical use of hyaluronic acid should not cause any skin irritations when used alone or combined with other ingredients, according to Marchbein. However, certain preservatives in skin care products could irritate it further and sensitive skin should look for formulas free from parabens, formaldehyde-releases, and isothiazolinones as these could exacerbate any existing issues.

Hyaluronic acid products should be applied to clean, damp skin before sealing it in with your favorite moisturizer and facial oil. Applying it when skin is damp is critical – otherwise, its moisture-retaining abilities could pull moisture from the air into your pores, and otherwise, it would evaporate off your face before having an effect.

Hyaluronic acid serum should begin delivering results within weeks of beginning its use; for more dramatic effects, consider getting injections which have effects comparable to dermal fillers.

4. Vitamin E

Face oils provide more than hydration; they also can help address specific skin concerns. According to Chan, face oil acts as a protective barrier against environmental pollutants or UV rays and contains ingredients like jojoba oil which has anti-inflammatory properties; tea tree oil for treating seborrheic dermatitis; and rose hip oil filled with antioxidants which can fight signs of aging.

Face oils contain essential fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and E that can only be absorbed via oil; giving your skin the nourishment it requires.

Some face oils are lightweight and absorb quickly into the skin without leaving behind an oily film or leaving pores clogged up with dead cells. Others, however, have thicker consistency which takes more time for absorption – to start out light and gradually work up towards heavier formulations depending on how your skin responds.

No matter your skin type, face oils can make an invaluable addition to any clean beauty regimen. Simply find one that meets your specific needs; try including one into your morning or evening ritual and see if you notice the difference! You may even use face oil to boost moisturizer effectiveness! Just ensure you select an oil tailored specifically to match your skin type; keep it stored in an opaque bottle to reduce light exposure which degrades its effectiveness over time.

5. Rose Oil

Rose oil has long been revered as an invaluable essential oil, used for beauty and wellness since ancient times. Harvested from rose petals (Rosa damascena or Rosa centifolia), its use offers multiple benefits for skin including anti-ageing. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties help prevent pores from becoming clogged up as well as reduce acne breakouts; its natural scent may even provide relaxation relief when stressed or anxious emotions surface.

Essential oil can be used as both a facial serum and moisturizer when mixed with other oils or products, as well as being an ideal carrier oil for essential oils that might otherwise be too potency to use directly on the face.

When purchasing rose oil, look for one that has been certified organic and cold pressed so you know it is pure without additives or fillers. Also avoid those that contain hexane or any chemical solvents which could potentially harm your skin.

Rose essential oil can be purchased in many health food stores and online. When applying it topically, always perform a patch test first to make sure there’s no irritation to your skin. As a general guideline, dilute rose oil with another carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut at a 1:1 ratio before applying it on your skin.

Apply diluted oil before moisturizer or directly on blemishes and other problem areas to target them directly. For optimal results, massage it into the skin in a circular motion for increased circulation and absorption. It may also help protect from UV damage by applying prior to sun exposure.