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Face oils in skincare is something that most of the older generation swears by. For example, my grandma believed that applying coconut oil on her skin would now only give her the much-needed glow, but also slow down the process of wrinkling.
We millennials, however, still shudder at the thought of oils. What if it makes my skin too greasy? What if I look too shiny? Won’t it feel too heavy on the skin? What if it gives me acne.
Well, we talked to Dr Blossom Kochhar, founder of Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic to understand how important facial oils are to skincare routine.
“Face oils are wonderful. They balance out the skin and take out any problems you may have. If you have oily skin, dry skin, ageing skin or any other skin concerns—all of it can be balanced out with face oils,” explains Dr Kochhar.
Talking about the different types of face oils and their unique uses, Dr Kochhar says: “There are different kinds of face oils. The ones that have silicon in them should be applied before makeup because doing so will enhance the makeup and also act as a barrier for the makeup to seep in.”
“There are other face oils that are finer and penetrate the skin. Such face oils have essential oils, serums, and vitamins in them which are used to balance out the skin,” she adds.
Add to this the increasing trend of using mixing face oils with foundation and moisturiser, and you’ve got a sure shot formula to glowing skin. But with so many of them available, which ones are the best? Here are some that you can give a try:
1. Jojoba oil
Jojoba plant has a variety of healing properties and its oil is a must-have for your skin routine. This wonder oil is known to be a humectant and so it can be used to moisturize the skin, prevent bacterial infections, acne, and dandruff.
Natural forms of vitamin E are also found in jojoba oil, providing much-needed antioxidants to the skin. Over and above, this oil may be used as an anti-inflammatory to tackle dryness, flaking, and itching.
2. Tea tree oil
This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. For centuries, the Aborigines of Australia used it to treat coughs, colds, and heal their skin.
Tea tree oil is widely regarded as a powerful tool against acne and can be used to heal wounds, provide relief from bug bites, and reduce the severity of dermatitis related symptoms due to its anti-inflammation properties.
3. Rosehip oil
Known since time immemorial for its healing properties, rosehip oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
The fatty acids in this oil help hydrate the skin, making it soft and supple and counter itchiness simultaneously. Vitamins A and C in rosehip oil facilitates cell regeneration and exfoliation, thereby boosting the overall radiance of the skin. And, the vitamin E and the polyphenols in this oil provides the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation boost to the skin.
4. Grapeseed oil
This oil offers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Grapeseed oil is widely known as a countermeasure to fight acne outbreak, moisturise the skin and induce softness. The catalytic properties of this oil enable vitamins E and C in the skin to preserve it and even out the skin tone, aided by the antioxidation elements of this oil, which also protects the skin from sun damage.
5. Argan oil
A Moroccan marvel, this oil has been in use for centuries for its health benefits. Argan oil is primarily composed of fatty acids and a variety of phenolic compounds and hence is known to slow down the skin ageing process by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.
Moreover, this oil is also used by postmenopausal women for increasing skin elasticity and hydration. From treating acne to preventing stretch marks and moisturizing the skin, argan oil’s unique combination of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a must-have in our wellness arsenal.
All you have to do is pick one according to your skin concern and use it regularly for glowing skin!