Facial oils – are they part of your everyday skincare routine? Or have they not hit your radar yet? If they haven’t, don’t worry. In this article, we will explain:
- Why you might want to start adding a facial oil into your routine,
- Commonly asked questions around facial oils
- Chat about the many powerful blends of natural ingredients in our Restorative Facial Oil, and lastly;
- How to use your facial oil, including a lymphatic massage you can do in the morning and at night to boost your glow!
What is a facial oil and why should I add it to my routine?
Facial oils help seal in moisture, add extra nourishment, and protect your skin from environmental damage. Even though our body produces oil naturally, we sometimes need a little bit of help, especially as we get older. As we age, our oil production decreases significantly. Adding a facial oil to your routine can help decrease your chances of fine lines, wrinkles, breakouts while giving your skin extra hydration and a natural glow. Facial oils are highly concentrated products that usually have different benefiting ingredients depending on the product. Make sure to check the ingredient list to find ingredients that will best suit your skin type or speak with your dermatologist to find out what’s right for you.
Commonly asked questions:
Can a face oil replace my moisturizer?
It completely depends on your skin type and the time of year. In the warmer seasons of spring and summer, we usually switch to using only a facial oil during the day because of how much humidity there is here in Ontario. But if you naturally have very dry skin, we would recommend using both your cream or lotion plus the facial oil. In the winter, we need all of the hydration and nutrients we can get so we use our whole Iremia collection morning and night for extra benefits and protection against the cold weather. Please patch test and chat with your dermatologist before making big changes in your skincare routine, especially if you have highly-sensitive or reactive skin.
Are facial oils and serums the same thing?
They are not the same thing. Serums are skin treatments and facial oils provide nutrition and hydration. “Facial serums are used to target specific skin concerns, whereas oils are primarily intended to moisturize,” said Follain founder and CEO, Tara Foley.
What is the best face oil to use on my skin type?
Chatelaine gives a great breakdown of which facial oil is best to use on each skin type from their three beauty experts: Valerie Grandury, founder of Odacité, Shannon O’Brien, president of Abundance Naturally, and Jessica Berto, medical aesthetician and trainer at Project Skin.
Dry and dehydrated skin: Grandury says that pomegranate, marula and moringa oils are best while Berto recommends jojoba and argan oils. Abyssinian oil is another great option as it’s high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Oily, acne-prone skin: Berto recommends hemp oil for blemish-prone skin, O’Brien advises using rosehip or pumpkin seed oil while Grandury goes for black cumin and grapeseed oils.
Ageing skin: Grandury loves açai oil as it’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
Sensitive skin: O’Brien recommends using a high-quality, single ingredient oil and doing a patch test before using it all over your face. “Many people with sensitive skin find natural face oils easier for their skin to tolerate and flourish because it can displace a blended moisturizer that can have several ingredients and its hard to pinpoint what is causing the irritation.”
Not sure what to do? Berto suggests having a conversation with your dermatologist or aesthetician to make sure your skin can handle an oil. “Just because something seems amazing does not mean it’s great for everyone.”
Iremia’s Restorative Facial Oil
We describe our Restorative Facial Oil as a regenerative daily multivitamin for the skin. With its beautiful blend of 11 botanical oils. Packed with Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, our award-winning facial oil helps to strengthen your skin and improves skin tone, elasticity and overall hydration.
Here are some of the featured ingredients in our facial oil to give you better insight into our product. It’s great to know the many benefits each ingredient provides to make sure you’re selecting a well-chosen facial oil that’s right for you. Look out for these oils the next time you’re shopping for one:
Jojoba Oil is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that soothes irritated skin, especially eczema prone skin. Promotes skin health and helps slow down the signs of aging naturally.
- Closest natural replacement to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’, protects the skin from external toxins and acts as the first defence barrier for the skin.
- Natural Supplement - Contains essential vitamins for the skin such as Vitamin B, E and key minerals such as zinc, copper.
- Retains moisture and hydrates the skin.
- Antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth.
- Naturally reduces wrinkles and the visible signs of ageing.
Rosehip Oil is essential for optimal skin health, rosehip oil includes omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which help regenerate and help repair any damage to the skin.
- Contains essential fatty acids, including linoleic and linolenic acid for hydrating dry, itchy skin.
- Fatty acids and antioxidants, regenerate in the skin.
Argan Oil is high in linoleic acid, argan oil helps reduce inflammation while helping the skin heal. Helps fight flare-ups, itchiness and swelling while providing intense hydration so the skin can perform its barrier function.
- Vitamin A and vitamin E - helps ease inflammation while moisturizing the skin.
- Rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which can fight the effects of ageing.
- Omega-3 fatty acids boost collagen growth.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is nourishing and rejuvenating, this super oil will also help with any inflammation and redness.
- Can help to reduce inflammation and redness.
- Essential fatty acids and proteins help to keep your skin healthy and strong.
How to use a facial oil + lymphatic massage
Apply your facial oil by warming 2 or 3 drops between your fingers and gently pat on your skin. Combine this with a lymphatic massage, morning and night, is very relaxing but also has its own many benefits. According to the University Health Network, Having a proper functioning lymphatic system helps drain fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. You have 700 lymph nodes in your body and 1/3 of them are located in your face/neck area!
Start your lymphatic massage by pressing the oil into your palm to warm, then pressing it into your skin and using your fingers to put pressure on the sides of your nose using a circular motion. Continue onto the next area, which is the jawline and press into your jawline using a dragging motion to the hairline/earlobes Finally use your middle fingers and press into the area above your brow bone, giving yourself a massage using circular motions.
Now that you know a bit more about facial oils and their many benefits. We want to know do you use one and if so what is your favourite facial oil ingredients?