#MoisturizedMami FACIAL OILS I’M LOVING
Okay, so you want to introduce oils into your skincare routine but where do you start? In this post, I'll walk you through the luxurious world of oils and tell you everything you need to know before getting started. You'll learn about the different types of oils available and how to pick the right one for you. I'll even share a few of my favorite oils and serums at the end.
Now I know, for some, the idea of slathering oil onto your face makes your heart rate go up, similar to misplacing your iPhone. I know, girl. Take a deep breath, everything will be just fine.
The key to using oil in your skincare routine is identifying your skin type and needs and then reaching for the oil best suited to your needs. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, make the mistake of thinking an oil is an oil and massaging tea tree oil into your face. Your face is will pay the price. So speaking of tea tree oil, let's just keep it moving right along and start with essential oils.
Essential oils have a host of beauty and aroma-therapeutic benefits. These are highly concentrated oils derived from plants through a distillation process. This process keeps the integrity of the plant and maintains it properties. These oils are believed to have medicinal properties and different ones will have different therapeutic effects which may even differ person to person. Though these can be mixed with carrier oils (we'll get into that), these are NOT for moisturizing your skin. Like I said, these are POTENT. Some of the most popular essential oils are:
Lavender: most commonly known for its calming, balancing, and stress relieving properties
Peppermint: good for headaches because its fresh, invigorating properties promote blood flow and can relieve tension
Tea Tree: this one has gained increasing popularity for its strong, astringent properties which make it great for dandruff and skin concerns like acne
That brings me to what we should DO. Do make sure you're using non-comedogenic oils on your face.
"Non-comedo-WHAT?" These are skin friendly oils that moisturize the skin without clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Now, if you've been here before you probably know I have incredibly oily skin (and if you're new here, welcome!) so it's really important that I use relatively lightweight oils. You won't come around here and catch me rubbing castor oil on my face. That just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Some of my favorite skin friendly oils are rosehip, jojoba, vitamin E, grapeseed oil, and evening primrose oil. If you're thinking of picking these up, make sure to buy from a trusted brand and make sure you're reading the ingredients! You don't want to spend your hard earned coins on a product that claims to be 100% something but is actually 35% preservative, 25% parabens, and 40% lies.
Now for some of my personal favorite blends on the market:
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($47) — My holy grail. The love of my life. Because it's costly and marketed as a "concentrate", I add about 3-5 drops to whichever oil I'm using for the night, and massage it into my skin. I wake up and it’s as if all the sins of my past are forgiven haha. It really does recover my skin after a long day giving me fresh, healthy glow the next morning. It also helps with skin elasticity which is great for maintaining youthful skin!
MyGoodeSkin Kenni’s Skin Candy ($30) — This has become a staple in my routine during the day and at night. I find that continuous use really does help to balance my skins oil production without clogging my pores. I especially love that it has salicylic acid in it which is great if you’re like me and extremely acne-prone. Talk about a miracle product.
Palmer’s Coconut Monoi Luminous Hydration Facial Oil ($10) — I love this because it made me fall in love with coconut oil again. In the past I’d use 100% coconut oil on my face and wake up with cystic acne (because it is com all over my face. This blend doesn’t do that at all! It leave’s me moisturized and is extremely affordable!
Or you can opt to DIY with a simple blend of jojoba or grapeseed oil (aka carrier oils) mixed with lavender essential oil (approx. $15 - $20)— Lately this has been my go-to concoction for everything from pre-cleansing, to removing makeup, to moisturizing day and night. This super simple blend helps to restore and nourish my skin. I even use it as a “cleanser” when I’m not wearing makeup. Follow up with a toner for a deeper clean and your skin will be soft and glowing all through the winter.
I’m always looking for awesome skincare so leave a comment and let me know what your favorite oils are!