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A Guide to Facial Oils
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A Guide to Facial Oils

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Remember when the very mention of an oil being listed as a main component in face care sent women running in the opposite direction? Those days are long gone because facial oils are the new standard in skincare maintenance. Not only are oils beneficial and healing to the skin as moisturizers, but they provide a maximum boost for your anti-aging concerns. Plus, they smell great!

Some key benefits of using a face oil as part of your skincare routine will result in more hydrated, glowing, younger and even clearer skin. Yes, you read correctly -- oils can be excellent for use on oilier skin types. For example, when using certain acne or oil-free products regularly, the end result can be quite irritating on the face resulting in parched skin. It's also hard for your moisturizer to penetrate the layers when your skin is extremely dry, which can make you end up wasting your expensive acne products in the long run. That's where a really great oil serum comes in handy by preventing or relieving dry skin.

How To Properly Use Facial Oils:

As a Moisturizer: apply a couple of drops directly on the face only after you have already moisturized your skin because prior to the moisturizer the oil will not penetrate the layers of the skin rendering the oil benefits useless. The oil will act as an extra barrier that holds in moisture when applied on top of your skin as the final step in your skincare routine.

With a Moisturizer: to give your skin an added boost of moisture apply two drops and blend into your favorite moisturizer then apply on the face.

Glowing Skin: blend a tiny drop of oil into your foundation for extra skin radiance. This is great if your foundation type is on the matte side of the spectrum.

With an Acne Treatment: a couple of drops of oil blended into your acne solution will help alleviate dryness and irritation from the harsh salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

(Some of my own favorite oils pictured here are the Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, Tarte Maracuja Oil, and The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum Oil.)

Are all facial oils worth the hype? And what types will give you the most for your money, since the more luxurious brands come with a hefty price tag? Look for oil serums that have argan, African marula, Vitamin E, rose hip and camellia oils listed in the ingredients as they offer high levels of anti-oxidant/anti-aging benefits. And if you're on a budget and can't afford the high-end designer labels, then consider some ancient time proven alternatives such as olive, jojoba, fig and coconut oils. Jojoba is the closest oil to that which our own skin produces naturally. These types are just as potent in delivering healing properties and found readily in any drug or health store. If you're going to go the route of pharmacy brands then just make certain the oils are organic, raw, and cold pressed for better performance. Be wary of inexpensive versions that contain fillers and other preservatives because these qualities render the oils benefits useless as well as clogging up the pores and causing breakouts.

One final thought: make sure you only apply a couple drops per application -- otherwise you'll end up with a sticky greasy mess all over your face, and we wouldn't want that because you deserve looking your best. Stay beautiful!

For more beauty tips from Maria, visit her blog at Venus Loves Virgo!

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