All you need to know about face oils

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Oils are increasingly becoming an important ingredient in skincare. We delve into the trend to know about its benefits and the science behind it.

Luxury hair care brand Morroccan oil has been running a successful stint all over the country. Women swear by the benefits of argan oil present in their product range. Lakme Salon took the popularity of the brand and its star ingredient, argan oil, into the skincare domain. It has curated a facial treatment that involves the use of the oil on skin. It’s called Moroccan Liquid Gold Ritual. And it has been a major hit amongst the client. Face oil is a ‘big’ thing in professional skincare right now.

Scientific back-up

We asked skincare expert and educator, Dr Avni Amlani on how face oils help in skincare. She said, “In human skin, lipids (oils) are used as building blocks for membranes and fulfill specific functions such as preventing desiccation – a state of extreme dryness – by forming a barrier that prevents the evaporation of water. Some lipids are synthesised in the epidermis and carried to the surface as cells differentiate, whereas others are secreted onto the surface from the sebaceous glands, forming sebum. Regardless of their origin, lipids help manage the hydration and moisture levels within the skin, a critical function of the protective barrier.”

“Individuals with a dry (alipoid) skin condition will have an impaired lipid layer, therefore lacking sufficient oils to maintain optimal skin health. The skin will feel dry and be more vulnerable to UV exposure and dry environments, leading to skin tightness, itchiness, sensitisation and fine dehydration lines, amongst other signs of premature ageing. These skin concerns stem from both genetics and compromised lipid conditions in the skin’s natural protective barrier. Lipids, or natural protective oils, play a critical role in preserving the health of the skin and maintaining its youthful appearance. They are essential for maintaining the integrity of all living matter due to their ability to form a barrier between the living cell and the outside world.”

In-salon facials with face oil

In aromatherapy, oils have been used in body massages. A combination of essential oils and carrier oil is created to suit the client’s requirement. In facials, however, the use of oils should be done with utmost care. Even while recommending an aromatherapy facial, a skin consultation is a must. A thorough skin analysis will reveal the real concerns of the client and only then the right facial oil can be considered. Excess use of oil can lead to rashes, break-outs and allergies, too.

During facial treatments, oils can be mixed with massage creams or applied directly. Four-five drops are enough to cover the face and neck area. The application should be combined with pressure point technique so that the client gets complete sensory and tactile experience. Decleor, a professional aromatherapy skincare brand, is popular for its Aromessence Oil Serums. Its key products are Aromessence Neroli Amara Face Oil, Rose Face Oil and Iris Face Oil. For application, warm two drops of Aromessence face oil in the palm of your hand and gently tap and apply on the face and neck for the perfect skin booster routine.

Dr Amlani says, “The most effective way for the skin to absorb the therapeutic benefits of an oil is by direct application. Inhalation of facial oils is the other way of incorporating its use within an in-salon treatment, providing sensorial benefits to calm and relax the client.”

Facial treatments are designed to improved hydration and moisture retention capacity of the skin. Face oils enhance the effects of facials by adding on the hydration effect.

At-home care

Face oils can be used at home, too. They will lead to a calming and balancing effect on the skin. It is important to pick the right kind of oil, depending on your skin’s requirement and concern. That’s where an expert will be able to guide you. In a salon, a tailor-made facial treatment with face oils should be backed with retail products to ensure that the client follows a good skincare routine at home, too. Dr Amlani add, “More and more consumers are realising that oils plays a vital role in their skincare routine. The most popular way to use facial oils at home is by including a serum with the skincare routine. Serums should be applied underneath a moisturiser either in the morning or as a night treatment. However, depending on the skin concern/s one can choose to use two different serums for the day and night. Serums are packed with multiple essential oils and active ingredients which are absorbed quickly by the skin, to strengthen, hydrate and repair whilst promoting a healthy, dewy finish.”

If you haven’t added face oils to your skincare offerings, it’s time to reconsider your service menu and upgrade it.

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