The Case for Oils, for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, no doubt you’ve hunted for skincare and cosmetics that can alleviate the feelings of growing oily throughout the day.

Many of us have specifically looked for oil-free everything, ultra-matte this and that, we blot frequently and we reapply setting powder to our makeup throughout the day.

If you can relate to this, then someone telling you to put oils on your face must sound completely bonkers. But it’s a great idea and let me tell you why.

 Famous acne products (we can all name some) and products targeting oily skin are known for drying out the skin. And how does skin react to a foreign agent that sapped all its moisture?

Why of course, it produces more oil in an effort to return to balance. In other words, the drying things we put on our skin is triggering an over-production of oil, giving us the problem we were trying to fix in the first place.

By moisturizing with a pure oil instead—such as coconut, jojoba, and argan oils—you are replenishing with oils that mimic the natural oils of your skin after washing and drying it out.

You are tricking your skin into thinking you never dried it out to begin with, and now it doesn’t need to over-stimulate the oil production. Many oils also have the benefit of being anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

They are full of vitamins and amino acids which will repair and replenish your skin, as well as keep it moisturized, making it a great addition to your skin care.

 If switching from your regular moisturizer to a pure oil, however, feels like a big risk—then as always please weigh the pros and cons and use your best judgment. If you already have a regime that works—stick with it!

And if you don’t, feel free to research which oil might be best for you (we have a handy article of suggestions here) and let us know what you think.