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Unfortunately, oils sometimes tend to get a bad rap when it comes to skin care. In fact, there’s a good chance you may have even steered clear of putting oil on your face because you thought it would leave your skin looking and feeling super-greasy. But that thinking is starting to change. These days, facial oils are super-popular—and for good reason. Using a facial oil can help to nourish and moisturize your skin without making it look shiny. Want to learn more about how facial oils work and why you should consider adding one to your skin care routine? Here’s everything you need to know.
You know that it’s important to moisturize your complexion twice a day after cleansing. And that’s something you should pay even closer attention to as you age, since your natural oil production decreases as your skin matures. Plus, daily exposure to UV rays can further compromise your skin’s ability to retain moisture, which can leave it looking and feeling lackluster and dehydrated. A facial oil can help to moisturize and nourish your skin, and it can also help to restore some radiance. There are facial oils out there for just about every skin type (yes, even oily!), so it’s easier than ever to find your perfect match.
Ready to add a facial oil to your skin care routine? The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil is a great place to start. This lightweight, non-greasy facial oil absorbs quickly to instantly moisturize, nourish, and strengthen mature skin. It’s formulated with eight essential oils to help provide long-lasting hydration, comfort, and a glow. What’s more, it’s also formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15. Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen (that’s one that protects against UVA and UVB rays) should be a mandatory step in your skin care routine. That’s because spending time out in the sun unprotected can lead to damage, which can show up down the road as visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
Another facial oil that should be on your radar is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, which is formulated with a blend of eight essential oils including rosemary leaf, English lavender, and orange peel. This lightweight facial oil, which is suitable for sensitive skin, can help to replenish your skin and restore your beautiful glow—without a greasy residue.
There’s just something about using a facial oil that makes us feel like we’re at the spa—don’t you agree? Want to apply facial oil like a pro? Here’s what to do: After cleansing in the morning, take around four to five drops of facial oil into your hands. Then, massage it onto your skin with your fingers. Start at your nose and then sweep your fingers towards your ears and outer eye area. Next, gently massage the skin from your eyebrows to your hairline in an upward motion. Lastly, smooth the oil from your neck to your jawline and finish with your upper chest.
Now that you’re up to speed on what facial oils are, it’s time to learn how to incorporate them into your skin care routine. Keep this in mind: A few drops of oil go a long way, so there’s no need to overdo it when you’re applying. Just like with traditional moisturizer, it’s a good idea to apply a facial oil when your skin is still damp to help lock in hydration—and use massaging motions to blend it onto your skin. You can use facial oil morning and night after cleansing, and feel free to follow up with a face lotion or cream if you feel you need more hydration.