They are all over the internet and the beauty shelves and on beauty and makeup selling sites. If we are asked, which two skin care products have hit us right straight in the face in the last few years, then they surely are facial oils and face mask sheets. We have used both these products extensively and swear by their miraculous results. If you are wondering what facial oils are, if you should be using one, and which ones are the best for you, please keep reading. You will find all your answers right below.
What are Facial Oils?
In most simple terms, Facial oils are concentrated beneficial oils that are most often plant-based. Since our skin naturally releases oils and lipids, these facial oils further add to that content and help in keeping our skin nourished and supple. The ingredients of these facial oils can range anywhere from jojoba, aloe vera, marula, tea tree or vitamin E. One needs to understand that Facial oils are markedly different from moisturizers or serums and each of them serves a very different and unique purpose in the skincare regime. Facial oils predominately add some essential oils to our skin, making the texture better and more supple. It is just as good as applying oil to the roots of our hair. It provides nourishment, health and strength to the hair shaft. And healthy hair shines from the outside. Similarly, with the use of a regular nourishing facial oil, our skin also gets its share of binding oils and tends to shine and glow as a result.
Is Using Facial Oils Good or Bad?
Facial Oils are majorly good for our skin. They add essential nutrition and form a thick protective layer over our skin. That kind of keeps the natural oils well intact within. Facial Oils give the best results on dry skin for obvious reasons. People with dry skin can use as thick a facial oil as possible. The thick Kumkumadi Facial Oils or any other Ayurvedic oils also work wonders for them. Use it twice a day for the best results.
For people with normal or combination skin, jojoba, aloe vera, avocado, and marula oils cater to their skin needs. People with oily skin shall stick to thinner oils or tea tree-based oils. Only people with active acne should stay away from facial oils. The thick oils certainly have a pore-clogging tendency and they lead to further sebum secretion and breakouts as well. Facial oils are very beneficial when it comes to addressing skin care issues like pigmentation, uneven skin tone, dryness, dullness, and anti-ageing. Use a luxury facial oil for a few weeks and the drastic changes would be evident before you would know it.
How and When Should You Use Facial Oil?
Ideally, these oils should be used twice a day, once in the morning and in the night skincare routine. Cleanse your face, apply a toner, then a serum or oil whichever is lighter and then a moisturizer. This should finally be coated with a thick layer of sun block or sunscreen. When it comes to the application of skincare products, the rule is to switch from the lightest to the thickest. Sunscreen should always be reserved for the last. One doesn’t need to overdo the layers of products as well. It is absolutely fine to skip your oil or serum once in a while. Ideally, we recommend not skipping a moisturizer as it forms an outer protective layer on the skin and also provides most of the hydration.
Which are the Best Luxury Facial Oils in the Market?
The market is crowded with different facial oils, but you must refrain from experimenting with all of them. It can do more harm to your skin than good. Also, the oils should sit well with the natural texture and oils of your skin for the best results. We have researched and listed below the most appreciated and approved facial oils that are available. Try out any of these and make it a part of your daily skincare routine for optimum and best long-term results.
- Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid – Rs. 2550 for 12 ml
This Ayurvedic night serum is made of legendary kumkumadi oil along with saffron, banyan tree extracts sandalwood and lotus oils. It particularly works on dull, pigmented and lifeless skin. It renders glow, radiance and life to the skin cells.
- Farsáli 24K Rose Gold Elixir – Rs. 1850 for 10 ml
Nothing spells luxury than this Rose Gold Elixir Oil from Farsali. Infused with real 24k gold and rosehip seed oil, this formula is sure to lend a blinding radiance to your face. The oil is suitable for all skin types.
- L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil – Rs. 1200 for 5 ml
Its light, silky texture with a non-oily finish melts into the skin beautifully. This unique formula helps to nourish, protect and fight all signs of visible ageing to reveal replenished younger-looking, more radiant skin.
- Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil – Rs. 7300 for 30 ml
This luxurious oil is a blend of vitamin E and sesame, sweet-almond, olive, and jojoba oils to help keep skin soft and supple. The lightweight formula absorbs easily and immediately into the skin. The oil smells amazing as well, thanks to a soothingly aromatic blend of natural essential oils, including neroli, patchouli, lavender, and sandalwood.
- Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – Rs. 6300 for 15 ml
It is a luxury gluten-free vegan oil, that works on the deeper layers of the skin and provides a long lasting radiant effect.
- L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – Rs. 3490 for 100 ml
This oil is made up of 50 percent lightweight almond oil and the rest of camelina oil which is rich in Omega 3 and 6. This extremely nourishing oil keeps the skin supple and visibly firmer and tighter.
- Forest Essentials Soundarya Luminous Beauty Oil – Rs. 2875 for 200 ml
While this oil is quite nourishing and leaves your skin with a subtle sheen, we are not great fans of the artificial fragrance in the oil. If your skin is prone to clogging, this oil can be a little thick for you.