They’ve been appearing all over your Instagram feed for a while now, but despite the recent hype, many of us are still hesitant to apply facial oils, and we totally get it. Applying oil to your face sounds like a surefire way to induce a breakout (especially in our humid climate), but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about facial oils, and why you need to include some into your skincare regimen ASAP if you want that #wokeuplikethis glow.
1. Facial oil controls oil
It sounds like a paradox, but applying facial oil is beneficial to even those with oily or combination skin types because it actually helps to regulate sebum production. It doesn’t make sense, but hear us out: the nutrients found in facial oils like L’Occitane’s Divine Youth Oil deeply nourishes your skin, so over time, your skin stops working as hard to produce the excess oil it thinks is needed to protect your skin.
Plus, if you suffer from acne, you are likely treating it with harsh ingredients like Retin-A or benzoyl peroxide, which can seriously dry out your skin, causing it to overcompensate by producing more oil.
2. Facial oils supercharges your skincare regimen
“I’m already applying moisturisers and serums, I don’t need facial oil!” That’s what we thought too, but did you know that the skin needs 70 per cent water and 30 per cent oil to maintain a healthy balance for optimum skin barrier function? Moisturisers do provide hydration, but without oils to lock it in, you won’t be getting the results you are after, particularly if you use gel or water-based formulas. When you add facial oils to your regimen, your skin’s moisture barrier is maintained and strengthened, leaving your skin better hydrated and more resilient.
3. Facial oils defends your skin
Breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles – the older your skin gets, the more susceptible it is to environmental damage. City dwellers such as ourselves need to include extra protection against pollutants and smog in our skincare regimen more than those who live in the countryside: enter facial oils.
L’Occitane’s Divine Youth Oil is packed with antioxidants (twice the anti-ageing power of vitamin E) derived from their iconic Immortelle essential oil and seven other natural oils that not only protect your skin from environmental nasties, but also repairs damage. Fact: the healthier your skin is, its ability to fully reap the maximum benefits from your skincare regimen is dramatically increased.
4. Facial oils go a long way
A little goes a long way when it comes to facial oils. So even if the price tag might seem a bit steep, you’re actually getting a huge bang for your buck! Considering that you need only 2-3 drops per application for both your face and neck (which is much less than what you’d need for a moisturiser), even a 15ml bottle would last you at least a couple of months.
Also, facial oils can be added to other products in your regimen to intensify their results, making it one of the most versatile skincare products in the market. Simply add a couple of drops to your serums, moisturisers, masks, toners and even your liquid foundations. If you’re using it on its own, apply after toning and before moisturising.
5. Not all facial oils are made equal
Now that you know the importance of facial oils in your skincare regimen, it’s important to note that there is a big difference between natural oils and synthetic oils. Synthetic oils actually prevent toxins from leaving your skin when you sweat, and can accumulate in your skin and block nutrients from being properly utilized. Natural oils like L’Occitane’s Divine Youth Oil, on the other hand, are better for your skin because they are easily absorbed by your skin as they are lipophilic, meaning they can penetrate deeper than serums or moisturisers. They are also less aggravating, making it suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin.
Now time to get excited about the different ways you can use facial oils to amp up your skincare regimen!
Receive a travel-sized face moisturiser of your choice with every purchase of L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (15ml) between July 5 – Aug 29, 2018 while stocks lasts. The Divine Youth Oil is available in 15ml ($89) and 30ml ($178) at all L’Occitane stores and counters.