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Your Guide To What Beauty Oils Can And Can't Do For You
1. The Purpose
Beauty oils, which are usually made from the extracts of nuts, fruits, seeds, plants, or other natural ingredients, can help with acne, redness, dullness, signs of aging, and more.
These oils are beneficial for all skin types and are easy to incorporate into your routine. However, it's important to know the basics of beauty oils before you jump in.
2. They’re Not Moisturizers
It is important to remember that beauty oils are not moisturizers, and the two products cannot be used interchangeably. Made with water, moisturizers are used to hydrate your skin.
Oils, aside from addressing certain issues, create a barrier on your skin. This barrier will help lock in moisture and keep it from escaping, but it’s not actually moisturizing.
3. Choosing Your Oil
While picking out beauty oils for yourself, choose oils according to which skin issue you want to remedy and which work with your skin type.
Whether you buy your oils from a grocery store or a beauty store like Sephora or Ulta, make sure you read the ingredients so you know which specific oil is used in the product.
4. Incorporating Oils Into Your Routine
Beauty oils should be used at the end of your skincare routine. Most experts suggest applying oil after moisturizer, but there’s no harm in applying it before if it works for you.
While some oils can be applied in the morning, most should only be applied at night. However, it'll likely take some trial and error before you discover what works best for you.
5. How To Apply Oils
Start by dropping one or two drops of oil directly onto your face if possible. To ensure proper absorption, dab the oil into your skin instead of rubbing it around your face.
If you're applying other products afterward, like moisturizer, make sure you're letting the beauty oil fully absorb into your skin before putting another product on top.