I recently started incorporating oils in my beauty routine. To be honest, I didn't use them for many years because I was a bit intimidated by them—why would I want to make my skin more oily?! But I've learned that if you're using oils properly (and using ones made with good ingredients) they can take your skin to a whole new level. Thanks to Danika, the founder of Oak & Ashland, we've got the beauty oil breakdown for you today—read on for her top tips on how to (and how not to!) use them.
Body oils like our Vanilla Chai go on best when applied right after you have gotten out of the shower, while skin is still damp. This allows your body to easily absorb all of the nutrient-rich oil which will keep skin smooth and silky. When it comes to face oil, it also works best when applied to slightly damp skin. Work in a few drops after cleansing and toning or right after a shower, while skin is still moist.
Body and face oils are usually very concentrated, making them easy to overuse. Always remember that less is more when it comes to oil. A tiny bit goes a very long way.
APPLYING BEFORE MAKEUP
I always get asked if makeup can be worn over face oil. The answer is YES, but I always suggest waiting 5 minutes before applying makeup over top. This gives skin just enough time to fully absorb all of the face oil, which makes for a super smooth (not greasy) canvas for makeup to be applied over. The Blue Nirvana Face Oil is perfect for this. Also, if you are wondering when sunscreen fits into the routine, it always goes after the oil and before the makeup.
If your skin is feeling extra parched and you are in need of some serious smooth skin, try massaging in a generous amount of your body oil all over (avoiding the face) right BEFORE getting into the shower. Once you finish showering, towel off as usual and then apply more body oil or a body lotion and leave on. This will give you a serious glow and rid your skin of any dullness (great for the winter months or before a special occasion).
There are dozens of choices out there when it comes to beauty oil, but not all are made equal. Choose the ones that list natural plant oils like jojoba, grapeseed or olive-derived squalane, these supply skin with non-pore clogging nourishment and instant smoothness. Another thing to look for is how the oil has been scented. I would steer away from words like "parfum" or "fragrance" which can be irritating, and instead opt for the ones that use pure essential oil. Other ingredients to avoid are mineral oil and alcohol which can dry and clog the skin. Our subtle Floral-Infused Body Oil is ingredient-conscious and smells divine.
NAILS AND HAIR
Get the most out of your body or face oil and try applying a couple of drops to the ends of dry hair or even to nails to keep the cuticles smooth.
KEEP IN MIND
Body oil can be more concentrated with essential oil or fragrance which can sometimes be irritating to the skin on your face. So always remember to keep your face oil for the face and the body oil for the body.