We know every beauty conscious individual is 100% a fan of oils, from facial oil to body oil and hair oil. If you are yet to be one, you need to shake up your beauty kit.
However, it’s not enough to simply grab any oil and slather it all over your face, hair, and body. You need to do know the right oil to use and the proper way to get the most benefit. To learn more about using facial oils, we’ve got pointers for you below.
Oils At The Wrong Time
Although heavier oils, like avocado and coconut, are great to use at night, you should use more absorbent ones during the day. If your skin is oily, you may want to skip using oils during the day altogether, especially if you’re planning on wearing foundation. Oils may break your makeup down faster.
Wrong Oil For Your Skin Type
Just like any skin-care product, using the wrong oil for your skin type can have negative effects. It’s important to always spot test a product on your neck or jawline before rubbing it on your face to determine if it’s really going to work for you. For those with dry skin, reach for oils like avocado oil, which works to soften and moisturize the skin while reducing the appearance of age spots.
For those with acne-prone, oily, or combination skin, jojoba oil is the way to go, as it is able to rapidly penetrate the skin and deliver nutrients sub-dermally. We also love rosehip oil for those looking for lightweight, but luscious, hydration.
Wrong oil for your hair type
Just like with skin oils, a trial-and-error process is required to figure out which hair oils will do the most for you. If you have fine hair, using a heavy oil will just weigh your locks down and have you reaching for dry shampoo. If you have dry hair, a light oil may not pack enough of a punch to give you the results you want.
Almond, castor, or Moringa oils are good or fine hair, as they add shine without looking too heavy. Avocado oil is also a great one for rehabilitating damaged hair.
Using body oil on your face
This is a huge no-no, because products formulated for the body can clog pores and may contain additional fragrances that could irritate the delicate skin on your visage. When it comes to your face, use products that are made for it, because they are usually formulated to penetrate faster than those made for the body.
Using Too Much Oil
Many people don’t realize how concentrated most oils are and tend to over-apply. If you can still feel a residue on your skin 10 minutes after you’ve applied, you may have gone overboard. A good starting point for facial oils is to use two to three drops per application and increasing or decreasing the amount depending on how much your skin needs.
For hair oils, section the hair into at least two sections, then, apply one to two drops per section or four to five if you have very coarse or dry hair. Body oils are best applied ideally just after stepping out of the shower to improve absorption, she adds.
Essential Oils Without A Carrier Oil
As a rule, you should never use essential oils on your skin if they aren’t diluted in a carrier oil. Essential oils like eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender oils are much more concentrated and can irritate the skin when applied directly, so a carrier oil like jojoba or grape seed oil is usually used to dilute it and carry the nutrients into the skin.
Undiluted essential oils are volatile compounds, and can evaporate quickly from the surface of the skin, even before penetrating it.
Using Hair Oils Near Your Roots
It may sound like a good idea to work oil into your roots for extra hydration, but that isn’t always the case. Our scalp produces its own natural oils, which act as a great conditioner. Using oil near your roots can make your hair look greasy. Instead, stick to using a few drops through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to condition and add a few drops to your roots and scalp if you really need it.