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Face Oils 101 Featuring Nykaa's Skin Potion Range

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What are face oils? And why is everyone obsessed with them suddenly? Our grandmothers weren’t as enamored by them as Instagram seems to be. Face oils are all over our feeds and honestly speaking, we’re hooked. Up until recently, the only oil we resonated with was that slimy, greasy substance that took hectic scrubbing to rinse off. A few years ago, we’d be going ‘ewww’ at its consistency, but now they’re all things luxe, lush and luscious. Thanks to steady scientific advancements, face oils now occupy pride of place in our beauty cabinets.

However, all this love for face oils has also spawned dozens of questions, myths and doubts about their efficacy. And since Nykaa has launched its brand-new Skin Potion range of T-E-N face oils, we take this opportunity to set the record straight. Consider this your ‘book of facts’ on everything face oils. Ready to get schooled?


What Is Face Oil?

Oils are non-negotiable to skin. Yes, our body naturally produces it, but as we age sebum production gradually decreases. Oils are required to maintain the skin’s delicate pH levels, its elasticity as well as overall health. Face oils are emollients, that unlike creams or ointments, penetrate deeper into skin. They’re way more potent than a jar of face cream since they’re made from plant actives and botanical extracts with nourishing and moisturizing qualities combined with antioxidant benefits. In fact, face oils are sheer phyto-chemistry at work, diving deep into skin and working directly, and biochemically, to deliver vitamins, antioxidants, emollients, essential fatty acids and polyphenols deep into the layers of skin. Best of all, they are almost always harmless and well accepted even by sensitive skin types.

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How To Use Facial Oil?

Since they’re choc-a-bloc with antioxidants, nutrients and other skin goodies, all you need is a few drops. Unlike a moisturizer, you shouldn’t rub the oil into your skin to blend. Simply dab or pat the face oil on skin and see it immediately get absorbed. It penetrates deeper into skin than regular face formulas, and the results are obviously more evident. If you don’t want to replace your regular moisturizer, simply add a few drops to it and apply as usual.

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Nykaa’s Skin Potion:
Your Face-Oil Haven

Nykaa’s new face oil range is set to redefine skincare. Each bottle in the Skin Potion range is lovingly created with 100% herb concentrates, drenched in rich antioxidants and nutrients to tackle all your skin concerns. Not just that, it saves you the trouble of making DIY recipes, bottling many different oils into one handy formula. Each ingredient is organically sourced and added with precise measurements so that you can use just the right amount. Plus, it’s so reasonably priced that you can up your skin game without breaking the bank.

There’s another silver lining too. Skin Potion is not one facial oil. It’s India’s first face oil range offering a multitude of ten overachieving variants… And no, you’ll never face a ‘the problem with too many choices’ confusion. Purely because each variant is named in a way that’s self-explanatory. Even beginners or millennials new to the world of skincare will be able to grasp its functionality. Looking for the best face oil for glowing skin? Take your pick from the 24K Gold, Glow Boosting or Radiant Beauty Facial Oils. Anti-Acne, Anti-Ageing, Pigmentation, Dull & Dry Skin are Facial Oils segregated basis your skin type. Anti-Pollution, on the other hand, tackles your worst environmental stressor. Overnight Repair puts the beauty in your sleep, while Superfood Facial Oil injects a heavy dose of nourishment.

Each variant blends at least four to five natural ingredients that doctors each concern at best. The advantage to this is that aside from being privy to the star ingredients such as Rosehip, Tea Tree, Pomegranate, Olive Oil, Papaya and Primrose, you also get the chance to experience global ingredients like 24K gold flakes, Buriti, Licorice, Tamanu and Acai Berry, No more time wasted researching and blending various ingredients to create your own DIY potion. Just open and apply. Ingenious, right?  

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The Best Face Oil For Your Skin Type

Everybody’s skin is different. And reacts differently. Likewise, every oil (even if loaded with the same ingredients) can’t draw the same comparison. Having said that, you choose the best face oil with the right ingredient(s), and you hit the sweet spot.

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Face Oil For Aging Skin

As you age, your skin gradually produces lesser collagen, therefore drying out quicker. The result: fines lines and wrinkles. At this point, pumping your skin with antioxidants is just what the doctor ordered. Look out for Passion Fruit, Argan and Rosehip oils that help boost collagen production, strengthen your skin’s elasticity and drastically reduces fine lines.

Face Oil For Dry Skin

– Be it seasonal, or just the way your skin is year-round. Your skin needs moisture and nutrition. You need a formula that permeates skin layers deeply to hydrate from within. Ingredients like Maracuja, Argan, Squalane, Olive, Sunflower, Jojoba and Coconut are recommended.

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Face Oil For Oily Skin and Acne-Prone Skin

– You’ve been doing it wrong if you’ve been striping your skin of natural oils. The more you cleanse, the more oil your skin will produce. Talk about rebelling! The finer picture is that certain oils actually dissolve your skin’s sebum production, rids you of excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores. In a twisted way, you use oils to beat oiliness. Macadamia, Jojoba, Tea Tree and even Camellia flowers are safe and sure shots for oily skin. In fact, experts urge you to go a step further with an oil-based cleanser as well.
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Face Oil For Sensitive Skin And Damaged skin

Start backwards. Avoid ingredients that may cause irritation, rashes or breakouts. Many face oils are anti-inflammatory and calming in nature. Some vitamin E infused, antioxidating oils harp on fighting free radicals. Whatever you do, consult with a dermatologist and try-before-you-buy. Take a sample and do a patch test on the inner arm to know if an oil is for you or not. You’ll also know where your skin stands. And with your skin type, Primrose, Argan and Yangu are the popular options. But consulting with a dermatologist is imperative.

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1. What’s the difference between serums, essences and oils?

Serums are supercharged with active ingredients to address concerns specific to your skin. Essences, on the other hand are watered-down versions of serums. Meanwhile, face oils are a whole other league. They’re richer in texture and more in sync with your moisturizer. Think of it this way, oils and moisturizers nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate skin. Serums and essences tackle specific skin issues. You always begin with the thinnest, watery formulas (like serums and essences) and gradually move on to thicker, oilier textures (like creams and oils). Which means, oiling is often the last step in your routine. Aside, from sunscreen that is.

2. How should we layer our face oils?

Facial oils are occlusive, and therefore successfully lock the moisture in your skin after you’ve finished with your CTM routine. That’s why it’s important you apply face oil after your moisturizer but before patting on serum. To simplify life, what you could also do is, skip using serums for a change.

3. Can face oil replace my moisturizer?

Its answer lies in the current skincare trend. Skipcare reverses everything you know about the Korean beauty routine. It’s minimal, utilitarian and gives your skincare routine a detox by eliminating as many steps and products as possible. The straightforward answer to the question is no, all face oils can’t replace your moisturizer. If anything, you can blend a drop or two in it. But that’s exactly where Nykaa’s Skin Potion holds an advantage. This elixir nourishes your skin without making you feel the absence of your moisturizer. The stuff of genius!

4. How to multipurpose our face oils?

Since it can double up as a cleanser, makeup remover and moisturizer, makes it an all-star multipurpose product. What’s more, you can also use it as a hair serum, body oil, cuticle oil and carrier for essential oils. And that’s just got to do with nourishment. Hair and makeup artists dote on it too. Remember the all-wet runway hair trend? Crown your mane with oils for a slicked-back, high fashion look. Or go messy by running your fingers through your strands for ‘just out of shower’ curls. Not just that, it’s also made the glossy, dewy makeup trend so much more accessible and inexpensive. Think about it, you can dab it on your eyelids for a glossy sheen, on your high cheekbones as a highlighter, on your collarbones and legs for high shine, on your lashes on days you’ve run out of mascara, a brow setter and even on your pout in lieu of lip balm. Voilà!

5. Can it be a night repair oil?

Of course! What’s stopping you? If anything, your skin works overtime absorbing nutrients without environmental stressors or even makeup that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe. Since face oils penetrate deeper into your skin than moisturizers, it’s actually great as a night-time skin repair potion. Use as is or blend with your night cream before you hit snooze.

6. Can we use face oils on our body?

Technically speaking, the skin on your face is most delicate. So, it’s safe to conclude that a formula created specifically for your face can be used on the body. Not vice versa. Applying a body oil on your face is a big no-no for the exact same reason. However, we do admit that individually using a face oil on your body can get heavy on the pocket, but you could dribble a few drops into your body lotion for extra benefits.


Busting All The Common Myths

Myth 1: Face Oils Clogs Pores

Busted: Big no. Some oils contain Linoleic Acid (omega-6 fatty acid) which is found in our skin’s protective lipid barrier. A deficiency of Linoleic Acid can cause your sebaceous glands to work overtime, causing clogged pores, Your face oil, on the other hand, has the power to treat your skin, balance sebum production and actually unclog pores.  

Myth 2: Face Oils Makes Skin More Oily

Busted: Quite the contrary. Oils help regulate your sebum production (it’s the oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands. It coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin). For those suffering overactive sebaceous glands, face oils are blessing. Some oils like Rosehip and jojoba are so smart at mimicking sebum, they can even fool your body into thinking it’s creating enough of its own. Gets you thinking, right?

Myth 3: Face Oils Shouldn’t Be Used Everyday

Busted: Uhm, it’s as good as saying you can’t moisturize daily. If you’re confident of your high-quality, cold pressed oil, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. 

Myth 4: Face Oils Are A New Trend

Busted: Uhm, it’s more a forgotten, forlorn trend. Ancient Egyptians were obsessed with it. Their love for Castor, Marula and Sesame oils is legendary. Camellia oil was the beauty secret of the Japanese Geisha girls. They used it as a double cleanser. And might we point fingers at our rich, Indian heritage that drenches us in the goodness of oils?

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