Why Use An Oil?
Oils naturally seal in moisture when applied correctly. When used after your serums and moisturizers, oils help to lock in that hydration in while giving you a little extra glow and a velvety finish. Oils are also rich in nutrients that help fade blemishes, prevent wrinkles, and improve your skin's texture.
Choosing the Right Oil for Your Skin Type
You want to look for non-comedogenic oils to add to your routine. These are lightweight, non-greasy, and fast absorbing oils that will not clog your pores. They also tend to mimic your skin's natural oil production. The comedogenic scale ranges from 0-5, measuring the likelihood of an ingredient to be pore-clogging. Not-so-fun fact: coconut oil, adored by many, is actually highly comedogenic with a rating of 4, and can cause horrible breakouts if you have acne-prone skin.
Where Does Oil Fit in Your Skincare Routine?
In th AM, oils should be used toward the end of your routine, ideally after your moisturizer and BEFORE your sunscreen (spf is always the final step!). At night, there's no need for SPF, so you can use an oil as the final step. Allow it time to absorb into your skin before going straight to bed. Some people with oily skin types don't use oil during their morning routine, and thats totally ok. Using it at least once a day, preferably at night, is enough to make a difference.
My Favorite Face-Friendly Oils
Let's be honest, there's a lot of oils out there. The good thing is, I've pretty much tried them all! I've chosen ones that stand out for their superior quality, texture, and benefits for sensitive skin. Here are my favorites.
I love rosehip oil because it's texture is simply unmatched. If you feel like you've finished your skincare routine and your skin isn't as soft as you want it to be — rosehip oil will solve this problem! It's also rich in fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. When shopping, look for unrefined, cold-pressed rosehip oil or "rosehip seed oil". It's color ranges from a yellowish-gold to a dark reddish-orange. She's pricey, but well worth it.
Squalane has become increasingly popular as of late, and with good reason. The slip of this oil feels so light and silky, and when applied to the skin it leaves no greasy residue behind. If you want an oil that's "barely there" but gets the job done, squalane is your girl. The most common squalane oils on the market are plant-derived, usually from olives or sugar cane.
This is one of the most versatile oils you'll ever find. Originating from Morocco, you normally see argan oil marketed in hair care, but it has amazing benefits for your face as well (your body too!). It's rich in antioxidants that help heal damaged skin while also protecting your moisture barrier. Did I mention that it's non-comedogenic and great for sensitive skin? The benefits are endless, and it's a great multi-purpose oil to keep on hand.
Hemp Seed Oil
Not to be confused with CBD, cannabis sativa seed oil or hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, which is cultivated for non-drug use (so no THC). It is an oil as well as a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture and keeps it locked in. In my opinion, hemp seed oil is widely slept on. It's especially great for oily skin because it helps to regulate oil production, making it a wonderful option if you are also acne-prone. Pro-tip: when shopping for hemp seed oil, the darker the better.
If you're looking for an oil to add to your routine that wont break the bank, grapeseed oil has incredible value. It's great for both your face and body, containing high levels of vitamin E that improve your skin's elasticity and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. You can find a good, therapeutic-grade grapeseed oil for under $1 per ounce, making it a solid budget-friendly choice that still yields great results.