Have an Oily or Combination skin type?
Then don’t be afraid of facial oils. They can actually help!
Oil loves oil and products like moisturiser, sunscreen and makeup need an oil based cleanser to be removed. Facial oils and oil based cleansers cut through grease – cleansing with oils help remove oils and dirt from the skin.
Trick your skin into producing less oil by keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and moisturised. Facial oils can help with this by mimicking the skins natural structure, thereby reducing the skins need to produce more oil to send to the skins surface.
Many facial oils and oil based facial cleansers contain essential oils, which are packed with beneficial vitamins and anti-oxidants for the skin, improving the skins health.
Facial oils also provide the skin with a protective barrier that can combat environmental conditions like the weather, heating/cooling and pollution.
Some of the best essential oils for dealing with a combination or oily type skin can include:
Tea Tree Oil – a natural antiseptic that helps inhibit bacteria whilst stimulating the skins natural anti-bacterial agents. Also helps soothe and heal the skin. Use as a spot treatment on breakout areas.
Tamanu Oil – one of the most effective agents for promoting the growth of healthy skin. It is highly beneficial as an anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and skin smoothing ingredient.
Ylang Ylang Oil – contains anti-bacterial properties, can assist with healing the skin and helps to balance the secretion of sebum (oil).
Jojoba Oil – commonly used in skincare, this oil extract doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the skin. It acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing agent.
Geranium Oil – the extract of this plant contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, rebalancing and soothing properties.
Grapeseed Oil – Acts as a decongestant to the skin and contains astringent properties to help with oil flow and breakouts. Also acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help the skin to heal.
Why not try mixing your own aromatherapy blend to use at home?
A few drops directly on the skin, or mixed with, your moisturiser should do the trick:
Mix a few drops of Ylang Ylang Oil, Geranium Oil and Grapreseed Oil into a small glass bottle and top with Jojoba Oil.
For many years, I have used facial oils, serums and oil based cleansers on not only my own skin, but on hundreds of clients as well, and I encourage you to give them a try if you haven’t already. The results are great and will leave your skin feeling happy and healthy.