Oils either you love them or you hate them. I happen to swear by them! Some hate oils because of the common misconception that all oils will clog your pores and others love them for the common misconception that they moisturize you. This post is meant to dispell the myths so that you can make a conscious effort to try beauty oils and either fall in love or part ways. Yes, I said it right, oils do not moisturize your skin. Moisturizers are made up of three factors: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Only humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, draw water into skin and moisturize. Oils, on the other hand, fall into the occlusive and emollient categories. Oils put a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer. This is different from pulling in water and hydrating skin. on the other hand some, oils will clog your pores. But not all oils. Mineral oil is a chronic offender, olive oil and the oil du jour, coconut, tend to easily clog pores as well. Other than those, it’s tough to predict how reactive your skin will be to oils, since brands and concentrations vary. Finding what works for you benefits most from trial and error. So the end result is that you need to try it before you knock it!
Oils on your face- Look out for quick-drying ones: grapeseed, apricot kernel, argan, and marula, which are ideal for most skin types. Very dry skin? Consider sweet-almond oil. However, if you’re like me Jojoba tells the body to stop overproducing sebum, and controlls oily skin.
Oils in your hair- The main issue lies in quantity and placement. Start with a small amount — only a drop or two — and work it through your ends to seal in moisture and shine as the last step in your routine. Even if your hair is fine and thin, a tiny amount of oil can dramatically boost its luster. If your hair is thick and helplessly dry, consider this: Coat your hair from mid-shaft to ends before stepping into the shower. Shampoo and condition like you normally would. The oil will protect your hair from the drying effects of shampoo.
Cleaning your face with oil?! – Yes, it’s strange to imagine that the same ingredient that seals in moisture can also clean, but it’s true. Oil cleansers break up makeup on the face in a gentle way instead of stripping the skin, so skin won’t feel irritated afterwards. Oils work because the molecules in specifically react with makeup and your own natural oil, which is similar in chemical composition. A few swirls around your face, and voila!