Get the lowdown on skincare's best kept secret.
Shine is bad! No wonder there’s no dearth of oil control face washes, shine-free moisturizers and mattifying foundations. So slathering oil on your face is probably the last thing you want to do. Yet, believe it or not, the latest anti-aging craze to hit the beauty bazaar are breakthrough facial oil formulas that promise to eradicate wrinkles, wipe out fine lines and banish breakouts with the help of high-tech additives like Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Peptides, without harmful side effects. In fact, Nykaa skin expert, Dr. Dhimant Goleria says he often uses oil-based facial formulations on clients because they deliver active ingredients deeper into skin without causing irritation. Besides, the dewy glow they deliver lasts much longer, he adds.
However, this rousing heads up for facial oils is unlikely to have you rushing to buy some. Myths and suspicions abound, from causing breakouts to leaving a hard-to-get-rid-of oily, greasy shine. However, it’s important to stress that beauty enhancing facials of today are hardly the poor cousins of serums and face creams. Let’s tackle some of the most debated myths about facial oils to put your doubts at rest.
Myth # 1: Facial oils will cause breakouts!.
This myth largely stems from the associations to the word ‘oil’. We all know oils make us fat, slippery and spotty. The only way–we thought until now—to prevent spots, blackheads and clogged pores was to do everything we can to use oil banishing scrubs, washes and creams.
Now the truth .
Actually, talk to any expert to know that healthy fats and oils actually prevent breakouts! Says Nykaa wellness expert, Naini Setalvad, “Contrary to popular perception oils in nuts and seeds can actually help you to lose weight and keep it off, prevent skin damage and breakouts.” She explains that nuts and seeds contain Vitamin E and Omega fatty acids that lubricate and protect skin, giving it the moisturizing and hydration it needs. Facial oil novice? Give Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil a try. It’s a preservative-free, lightweight formula that improves the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles.
Myth # 2: Facial oils are, well, oily .
The biggest fear in sunny climes like India is the fear of shine. Most gals believe that facial oils can possibly only benefit dry skin. Combination or oily skins will only get greasier than a plate of pakodas.
Now the truth.
The fact is that good quality facial oil is rarely oily. In fact, it should just sink into skin without a trace. The way to ensure this is to stay miles away from any formulation that includes “mineral oil” in the list of ingredients. Instead look for non-greasy base oils like Jojoba, Argan, Apricot and Almond that go a long way to give you a soft, dewy complexion. Nykaa recommends Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil - Dry Body Oil, moisturizing, nourishing body oil that can also be used on the face. You could also try L'Occitane Almond Milk Veil on your face and body, an ultra-light two-in-one body milk enriched with almond oil, milk and proteins that moisturize and firm the skin, with a ultra-light and fresh texture.
Myth # 3: Facial oils and anti-aging don't go together.
Even if facial oils are relaxing and pampering, they can’t possibly benefit skin like high end skin creams and serums that are packed with antioxidant extracts, peptides, retinols, plant actives and more.
Now the truth.
Here’s a little known secret! Facial oils are not water-based, unlike facial creams and serums. This means facial cream formulations are preserved with synthetic preservatives, stabilizers and enhancers that give them the creamy consistency you so love. On the other hands, facial oils are honest: what you see is what you get! No additives, just a host of skin boosting fatty acids and antioxidants. Why don’t you give Lakme Perfect Radiance 4-week Intense Whitening Capsules Treatment a try? Each whitening capsule is choc-a-bloc with a lightweight serum of pure Vitamin C, Licorice and Tomato extract.
Make your own facial oil.
If you can’t readily find a facial oil that works for you, it’s easier than ever to create a customized formula to get your skin a glow. In fact, you can use the same mix to pamper your body, nails and scalp too!
Anti-aging facial oil.
You have to pick fatty acid rich oils such as Jojoba, Macadamia, Rose Hip, Evening Primrose and Apricot oils. Add a boost of antioxidants with Pomegranate and Carrot Seed Oil and you’ll create a fantastic facial potion.
Make it: Mix together any three of the oils mentioned: Soulflower Carrot Carrier Oil – Coldpressed, Soulflower Evening Primrose Carrier Oil – Coldpressed, Soulflower Pomegranate Carrier Oil – Coldpressed, Soulflower Jojoba Carrier Oil – Coldpressed and Soulflower Apricot Carrier Oil – Coldpressed.
Multitasking facial oil .
The beauty of this facial oil is that it works marvelously on hair and skin too. Typically the ingredients in this concoction have hydrating properties (for plumping skin and calming frizz) and skin lightening benefits to eliminate tans and dark spots. The oils to look for include Rice Bran Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavendar Oil and Lemon Oil.
Make it: Mix together two or more of the following oils: Soulflower Lemon Grapefruit Uplifting Aroma Massage Oil, Soulflower Lavender Rosemary Healthy Hair Aroma Massage Oil, Soulflower Argan Carrier Oil – Coldpressed and Soulflower Orange Essential Oil.