Yes, you read correctly – even those of us with oily skin can benefit from applying treatment oils. Rosehip oil, evening primrose oil and safflower seed oil can be immensely effective for most skin types, depending on how they are used. It’s imperative to first know your skin type and skin issues so you can pick the oil with the right moisturising benefits.
In most cases, oils should be used in the evening when the air is driest and skin is at rest, allowing the product to repair and protect skin as you sleep. You can use a blend of oils or stick to a single one. Also note that vitamin E acts as an effective natural preservative.
Here’s a breakdown of ways to use treatment oils for your specific skin type.
DO: In the evening after cleansing, toning (with an alcohol-free toner) and applying a serum, mix five drops of oil into your night moisturiser and apply to face and neck. Alternatively, you can apply five drops over the moisturiser, creating a protective barrier that prevents moisture loss in a dry environment.
DON’T: Use oils directly on skin under moisturiser or in its pure form as a replacement for moisturiser. Skin requires both oil and water, and all the beneficial ingredients in moisturisers (such as retinol, antioxidants and firming peptides) won’t be able to penetrate skin effectively through the oil layer.
We recommend: Argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil and olive oil.
DO: Carry out the same steps as for dry skin, but only mix two to three drops of treatment oil.
DON’T: Apply the oil directly to skin or as a replacement for moisturiser. Although it is common for normal skin types to break out occasionally, if you experience increased break-outs after incorporating treatment oils in your routine, dial back a bit and only use oils when your face has been exposed to harsh wind and cold weather.
We recommend: Peppermint oil
Oily/combination & blemish-prone skin
DO: Because oily skin already has excess oil, it mainly requires water to remain healthy and hydrated. Therefore, apply treatment oils sparingly (one or two drops) over an oil-free nighttime moisturiser to allow for the ingredients to absorb and prevent any water loss. Skin experts recommend you only use oil treatments if you live in an extremely dry climate or when skin feels particularly tight and dry.
DON’T: Mix the oil into your moisturiser or use directly on skin instead of moisturiser. The notion that oily skin does not need additional oils is hugely incorrect – it is only when you use too much that problems of break-outs arise. In such cases, stop using the oil and allow skin to recover.
We recommend: Lavender oil, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil and rosehip oil.
Travelling by air (All skin types)
DO: Every hour, apply one or two drops of oil over moisturiser to prevent moisture loss in the dry cabin air.
DON’T: Only apply once before take-off (or not at all). Cabin air is extremely dry so skin needs continuous hydration during and after your flight.
DO: In the morning, after cleansing, toning (with an alcohol-free toner) and applying a vitamin C antioxidant serum and a sunscreen-containing moisturiser, apply a few drops of oil onto skin (before makeup). By applying your treatment oil over a sunscreen moisturiser, you add an additional protective barrier, reducing moisture loss.
DON’T: Mix oils with the sunscreen moisturiser. Because sunscreen moisturisers are FDA-approved, they are thoroughly tested to ensure the SPF value written on the packaging will protect you against harmful UV rays. Mixing in a treatment oil alters the original formula, which makes it difficult to know whether you’re actually protected against premature wrinkles, sun spots or skin cancer.