Now, Face Oils can function as an occlusive and as an emollient, but never as a humectants.
Occlusive: seals moisture into the skin.
Emollient: soothes and softens skin.
Humectant: attracts moisture in the air to hydrate skin.
The skin looks like layers of bricks- what holds the bricks together is the oil. When you do not have enough oil your suffer from dryness. When you have too much- you become acne prone/oily.
Oils are lipophilic (combine with other oils), they can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water, moisturizing while keeping toxins at bay. This is why oil cleansing is good because it dissolves with your natural skin's oils.
The fact that oils can combine with your natural oils; makes face oil cleansing great for people with enlarged pores. What happens is; the cleansing oil can then pull out the dirt and oils which cause enlarged pores, resulting in refined looking pores and a smoother skin.
This then helps to minimise breakouts and acne, because when oil trapped in enlarged pores gets exposed to air/bacteria "pimples" and black heads form. So oil cleansing becomes your best friend to combat this.
Dry skin, with the tight, flaky and itchy feeling benefit from oils in this way; by reducing water loss and assisting the natural oils that your skin already produces.
Some tips and hacks, apply oils at the end of your night time routine- this will enhance your moisturisers hydrating factors and also seal it in.
During the day apply your oil before your sunscreen- to enhance the protective factors against the environment.
Finally, avoid mineral oils, they may not harm you but they do nothing for your skin. So just avoid using them or products that contain these.
I hope you now get to understand how face oils can be a game changer in your skin care routine. Which oils do you use?