WINTER SKIN & OILS
Cold weather, harsh winds, and central heating do not exactly do your skin or your social life a favor. In the winter, we usually deal with dry and red skin, which can be joined by some super-sexy pimples. But there are also some positive things, such as Santa Claus, whiskey & tea and face oils! You'll have to interpret the first two yourself, but we'll happily help you with the latter.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH FACE OILS?
Oils are not a substitute for cream as they do not contain water and do not absorb like a cream does. Oil should be like a cherry on top to your skincare routine, at least in the winter when your skin needs all the moisture it can get. It comes at great help with unnecessary moisture loss. Imagine a rain jacket that retains moisture while preventing external factors from entering. But an oil cannot replace water in the skin. We need something hydrating to replace water. The biggest mistake we can make is to suck out all the moisture (with a harsh cleanser), dehydrate it, and then only apply oil to it. So, where in this equation will the skin get to the water it lost? Nowhere. Oil does not contain water, so we cannot expect water to appear magically from somewhere. Therefore, first apply a water based moisturizer and only then an oil that will protect the skin and lock in the moisture.
There are several ways to use it. The only important thing is that you always apply oils in the last step of your skincare. This is due the structure of the oil that prevents lighter, more watery structures to penetrate through it. Simplified, if you apply cream, serum or anything else after you apply the oil, the product will not absorb and penetrate as deeply as it should. Everything will remain (float) on the surface of the skin. Waste of time and product. But there is an exception. Of course. You can put a drop or two in your moisturizer, which will create glowing skin. Just be careful not to mix it with and SPF cream, as it reduces the degree of protection by diluting it. You can also use it as a highlighter. It'll not only provide some glow but also protect the skin against cold and wind. Oils are also super nice for an evening of pampering, when we don't really care about our face looking like a deep fryer. Tip: Get evening routine done as soon as you get home. This will give the products more time to absorb before you smash your face into the pillow. If your oil contains active ingredients such as retinol, then apply it directly after cleansing on damp skin. The active ingredients will thus penetrate deeper and will have more of a chance to do their job. Feel free to explore even if you have oily skin. Just don't overdo it.
They are divided into three different categories. The first is base or carrier oils which are obtained from different nuts or pits. These are, for example, argan, jojoba, rosehip oil... You can mix them or add them to creams. Most base oils can be used without concern and without major contradictions. The second category is essential oils. The concentration of these is much higher as they are obtained by distillation of different parts of the plants. For example, lavender oil is obtained from flowers, and tea tree and mint oil are obtained from leaves. You will recognize them for having a stronger, perfumed scent. Warning, you must never apply them directly to the skin. Due to their aggressiveness, they are usually mixed with carrier oils or other ingredients. They can be serious irritants. Finally, let's look at mineral oils. Obtained from petroleum, used in the cosmetic industry in almost every other product. These oils are, in principle, an extremely refined version of petroleum and therefore, according to research, appear to be safe to use. It is worth noting that they are comedogenic unlike the rest, which means that they clog pores and can cause acne. But if you have not had any problems so far, then continue using them. Mineral oils basically do not have any specific positive effects on the skin, and obtaining them is very cheap. If you find them on the declaration sheet somewhere among the first ingredients, then you can quickly draw the conclusion that the product is not worth a lot of money.
Loori Argan Oil
The "Bulletproof" choice for those of you who don’t have much experience in this department. It retains water in the skin, regulates sebum levels (hey, hey oily skin!) And improves elasticity. Research also confirms its antioxidant activity, its positive effect on pigmentation, and wound healing. It can be mixed with other oils, added to creams, smeared on your hair, body or a piece of bread. Whatever your heart desires. Suitable for all types and all ages.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
The universal holy grail of oils that smells so divinely it makes angels cry. It is designed for night use but can easily be used during the day. Due to its light consistency, you can mix it into your day or night cream and get an instant glow. Suitable for all skin types!
The Ordinary Retinol and Squalane
This oil is interesting for two reasons. Because of squalane, which is also naturally present in our skin and is therefore very well accepted because it behaves similarly to sebum. It is obtained from a variety of plants, including olives, rice and sugarcane. Absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Another interesting ingredient is retinol, which provides some antiage activity. Win- win!
Melvita Nigella Oil
A face oil suitable for problematic and acne prone skin. Yes, even oily skin types can use oils. But carefully, though. If you choose the right type of oil, you are completely safe. And don't exaggerate. Apply only two drops instead of five. Black cumin oil is proven, among other things, to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal. Those with sensitive skin should avoid it. It can be too aggressive.