Which Face Oil Is Right For Your Skin Type?
By Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini
Rise and shine! And we mean shiny! Say what?! Face oil can change your skin woes into favourable glows.
There’s a reason we’re still harping on about these slick emollients. From the great strengths of argan to the trending omnipotent omegas…
Here’s what oils can really do for you:
Using oil to wash skin sounds counter-intuitive, but a quality facial oil cleanser will effectively remove make-up, pollutants and excess sebum, your skin’s natural grease, to cleanse deeply and balance the skin’s natural production without stripping it.
TRY: Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil, R80
Hands up if you suffer with adult acne? Trawling the aisles for anti-acne products in your twenties and thirties – or beyond – ain’t no joke. Studies show that using face oils, such as tea tree, are as effective as benzoyl peroxide found in most over-the-counter acne creams and gels. Tea tree oils contain powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds called terpenoids, which kill bacteria that can lead to breakouts.
TRY: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, R120
Give you softer skin
Oils can penetrate into deeper layers of skin, supplementing natural oils that were stripped away by daily exposure to the elements. Plus, oils can act as primers to deliver other active ingredients. Apply a face oil straight after cleansing before your fave moisturiser.
TRY: Lipidol overnight face Oil, R80
Heal and repair
Stressed skin? Rosemary oil, chamomile and lavender oils are ingredients that soothe irritations. These oils have properties that can help stimulate cell renewal and promote healthy healing.
TRY: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, R500
Balance oily skin
Using oils can control skins oil production and restore balance – we promise. It’s all about supplying skin with the right kind of oils. Without them, skin goes into overdrive to produce more oil to compensate.
TRY: L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Facial Oil Rebalancing, R250
Keep you moisturised
Dry skin? Try argan oil. It’s packed with vitamins A and E, antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, which is known to heal, hydrate and plump the skin. According to the journal Alternative Medicine Review, argan oil eases inflammation, which leads to dry skin.