Skincare In Your 30s: The Benefits Of Face Oils
Face oils have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are different types of oils that benefit different skin types.
Many people use face oils as the last step to seal in skincare and nourish the skin, applied after moisturizer and before sunscreen.
With a little trial and error, a dedicated face oil skincare routine can be exactly what your skin wants.
Benefits of face oil
Face oils contain smaller molecules than standard oils and are absorbed into the skin without clogging pores, though it can take some time to find the right oil for your skin as everybody is different.
Using face oils can be the step that your skin needs, especially after 30 because sometimes the natural oils that your skin produces just isn’t enough to maintain a healthy balance.
When your skin is stripped of oil or doesn’t have enough of it, it can lead to wrinkles and heightened skin sensitivity.
Facial oil benefits for skin:
- Strengthens the skin barrier to trap moisture and hydrate the skin
- Supports soft and supple skin
- Evens skin complexion
- Regulates natural sebum (oil) production
- Reduces acne breakouts and blemishes (anti-inflammatory properties)
- Cleanses the skin (antibacterial properties)
- Boosts the skin’s resilience and elasticity
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Soothes sensitive skin
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
Face oils absorb into the skin differently depending on the person. Some people report that oils absorb quicker/better than moisturizing creams. This means that the skin is extra thirsty and would probably benefit from facial oils. Others report that oils don’t soak up as much and the product just sits on top of the skin.
How to choose the right face oil
With so many face oils to choose from, it can be a process of trial and error to find a product that suits your skin type.
There are many face oils. Below are some of the most popular:
- Rosehip oil
- Jojoba oil
- Argan oil
- Grape seed oil
- Tea tree oil
- Avocado oil
- Marula oil
- Squalane oil
- Primrose oil
How to know which oil is best for you?
A popular face oil that is used for every skin type is squalane oil because it is not too heavy and is known for helping oil production, as well as coming with a plethora of other benefits such as anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Since squalane oil is so similar to the oil that your skin naturally produces, many people find that this is a great oil to start with as an entry point for using face oils so you (and your skin) get used to it 😊
If you have dry skin, a great option is marula face oil.
A normal/combination skin would love jojoba oil is a light but effective oil.
If you have oily skin, try buckthorn, tea tree, and rosehip oil.
A general rule of thumb is to invest and not compromise on quality: always choose a high-quality face oil that is lightweight yet effective, like the Algae Bioactive face oil from the Blue Lagoon skincare brand for example.
When you are first adjusting to face oils, less is more. If you use a simple face oil with no added ingredients you can use your standard moisturizer then go in with a light layer of face oil pressed into the skin.
Using other skincare products with ingredients such as retinol or tee tree oil and then a face oil that perhaps active ingredients or tee tree oil can be too much for the skin, so go slow and let your skin adjust.