First, it’s important to look at why the skin produces oil, and also what effects conventional skincare routines can have, to understand why oily products can help.
Why does the skin need oil?
No matter what the skincare companies try to tell you, your skin needs oil. Oil helps to keep it hydrated and protected against the weather, pollution and pathogens – without it, your skin would become incredibly dry, cracked and painful!
The problem with conventional skincare
The chemicals found in conventional skincare products tend to strip away the skin’s protective oils, either leaving it incredibly dry or causing it to over-produce oil as a result.
The worst offenders are chemical face washes and cleansers aimed at fighting spots and acne. These are usually incredibly harsh and leave your skin dry and damaged, causing it to over produce oil. This oil then clogs up pores and traps dirt, which can contribute to worsening spots and oily skin.
And what do we do to counter this oily skin and spot outbreaks? Continue using these harsh cleansers and face washes! A sneaky move by skincare companies I think...
Why opt for oil-based face products?
So here’s why you should be incorporating more oils into your skincare routine.
We know that like dissolves like, so using an oil-based cleanser can help to dissolve the dirt-filled oil and oil-based makeup, and leave behind a cleaner, more nourishing oil so your skin doesn’t need to produce its own.
Alternatively, you may choose to wash your face with a regular cleanser or face wash, and then use an oil-based moisturiser to replace any old oils you’ve stripped away. I wouldn’t recommend using both, however, as there is still such a thing as too much oil!
If your problem isn’t oily skin or acne, but instead you’re faced with dry skin, then oils can still help. Dry skin often signifies that your skin is struggling to produce enough oil on its own, so using an oil in your skincare routine does this job for it!
Will it work straight away?
Many people will experience instantly smoother, softer skin after using face oils for the first time. This is particularly true for those of you choosing oil to combat dry skin.
For those of you using oils to combat oily or spot-prone skin, you may initially find that you get a few more spots than usual in the first few days of switching. This is because your pores are being opened up and cleaned out and your skin is learning to re-balance itself.
Once your skin has adjusted I’m sure you’ll fall in love with face oils!
My favourite face oils
If you’re looking for an oil cleanser, I would definitely recommend Kinvara’s Absolute Cleansing Oil. It contains a fantastic mix of oils, including sunflower oil, sesame oil, thistle oil, orange oil and more! In fact, it’s made from 100% oil, so the absence of water means no preservatives are needed.
For a deeper cleanse, Kinvara recommend holding a warm face cloth over your face after applying the oil to open up the pores, helping to unclog them. You can then wipe the oil off with the warm cloth, taking away the dirt and grime with it.
Kinvara Absolute Cleansing Oil Price: £16.95 100ml
For an oil moisturiser, I’d recommend Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil. When applied after your usual cleansing routine, this helps to replace lost oils with fresh, nourishing oils like peanut oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil and jojoba oil. This sends a signal to your skin to stop producing oil, helping to keep your skin balanced and hydrated.
Dr Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil Price: £25.50 30ml