Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Rithi Choudhury (Journalist) on 19th Nov 2020
Best Face Oils For Dry Skin You Should Use Today!
Face oils have polarised people into two groups - face oil lovers and haters. Most people are opposed to the idea of using face oils. But that is because they have not found their ideal face oil match suited to their skin type and concern.
Hundreds of facial oils can be found today in your local beauty store or online. But choosing randomly is not the right way to reap maximum benefits for the skin. For example, tea tree oil is an excellent oil for oily and acne-prone skin, whereas sweet almond oil is great for dry skin types. Oils such as Jojoba and Grapeseed oil are suited to all skin types.
Here we have accumulated a list of 10 best facial oils for dry skin to make your work easy so that you choose the best one for yourself.
1. Sweet Almond Oil -
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and forms a protective barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. Apart from vitamin E, sweet almond oil is also rich in essential minerals like magnesium, helping in cellular regeneration and skin repair.
2. Squalane -
'Squalane' and not the very similar-sounding 'squalene' is an oil naturally produced by our bodies. Yes, it is nothing but the natural oils that our body produces to keep the skin lubricated. It is a natural antioxidant produced by the body that fights free radical damage and also forms a protective barrier on the skin. Then why do we have to spend money on buying oil that is naturally produced by us? As we age, the production of squalane slows down, and as a result, the skin loses its suppleness of youth. Try: The Minimalist Squalane 100%
3. Argan Oil -
Argan oil, also known as 'liquid gold,' is high in essential fatty acids, which hydrates and plumps the skin, and therefore it is effective for treating stretch marks. The molecular structure of argan oil permits it to penetrate deep into the skin and nourish it. It is also highly rich in vitamin E and phenols that are powerful antioxidants that help prevent and repair free radical damage. Therefore it is an excellent option for not only dry skin but also hair.
4. Rosehip Oil -
Model and founder of KORA Organics, Miranda Kerr swears by this oil, and so does the Duchess of Cambridge. Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, omega-3, and omega-6, rosehip oil not just moisturizes but also helps treat hyperpigmentation, softens the skin, heals skin tissue damage, increases collagen production, and brightens the skin.
Because rosehip oil is high in vitamin A you want to be careful not to use too much if you are already using retinoids.
5. Marula Oil -
Like its sister oils, marula oil is too rich in antioxidants, fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic fatty acids. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does it moisturize the skin, but it also helps repair chapped lips and cracks in the heels. What else? It is a lightweight derived from the marula tree that does not leave behind any greasy residue.
6. Avocado Oil -
Avocado has well established its reputation as a superfood and the numerous health benefits. But the oil extracted from this fruit is as potent for the face due to its Vitamin A, B3, B6, C, E, and K. It is excellent for relieving eczema, inflammation, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Avocado oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in controlling acne.
7. Apricot Oil -
Apricot oil derived from the apricot kernel is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Therefore it scavenges free radicals that wreak havoc on the skin leading to premature aging and replenishing it.
8. Moringa Oil -
Moringa oil is derived from the seeds of the moringa plant native to Himalaya's mountains. It is highly rich in Vit A, Vit C, essential fatty acids like oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, etc., and, of course, antioxidants. It is great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the complexion, and nourishing the skin. Also, it does not leave behind a sticky texture on the skin.
9. Coconut Oil -
Coconut oil is a versatile oil that is great for the skin and the hair and cooking. And even oil pulling. It helps prevent protein loss from the skin. Applying coconut oil on the skin creates a protective coating that seals in moisture and protects the skin from environmental damage. Studies also show coconut oil to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Thus it helps in treating eczema, scalp psoriasis, dandruff, and lies.
You want to stay away from coconut oil as a facial oil if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
10. Jojoba Oil -
Jojoba oil deeply penetrates the skin as it is identical to the natural sebum we produce. Therefore it deeply nourishes the skin, making it smooth, supple, and glowing. It also helps maintain the skin's ideal pH and helps in skin repair due to its vitamin E content. Studies have also shown jojoba oil to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence it is the dream oil for people with dry, acne-prone skin. Apart from the skin, it is also beneficial when used for the hair. It helps control dandruff, stimulates hair growth, and repairs damage induced from heat styling.
Jojoba oil is, in fact, a wax. It is the liquid produced from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant but appears as an oil.
Choosing the right oil
When choosing a facial oil, it is important to keep in mind how the particular oil is extracted. Adulterated oil or mixing the oil with unnecessary additives often diminishes the effectiveness of the oil. Two standard methods of oil extraction are:
1. Expeller-pressed -
This method involves a mechanical extraction process that extracts oil from seeds and nuts, using high heat and pressure. The resulting oil is a refined version.
2. Cold-pressed -
oils extracted through this process are usually preferable since many of the nutrients are preserved when the oil is extracted through this method using a much lower heat (50 - 120 degrees).
Are face oils enough for moisturizing dry skin?
The answer depends on the weather and climate. In summers, normal-dry skin can do away with face oils for moisturizing, but you would need an additional moisturizer to layer on top of the oil in very dry climate. Oils are occlusives. That is, they will seal in the moisture and prevent it from escaping from the skin. But humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, propylene glycol, etc., draw in moisture to the skin.
When layering face oils and cream/lotion moisturizer, always use the lightweight oil first to let it sip into the skin and then seal it with the moisturizer.
Dos and Don'ts For Dry Skin
- Luke Warm Showers: The best water temperature to bathe with is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm (this is true even for hair). Avoid taking longer showers, and while the skin is still damp, apply your moisturizer.
- Stay Hydrated: This is something models, influencers, and actors repeat: "Drink 2 liters of water for glowing skin!" While there is no evidence to prove that drinking a ton of water will lead to glowing skin. Still, it will sure prevent dehydration and, therefore, overly dry skin.
- Moisturize With The Right Ingredients: We already established the importance of going for a fragrance-free moisturizer. But what are the beneficial ingredients you should go for when choosing a moisturizer? Look for humectants like glycerine, hyaluronic acid, and skin-soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, skin-nourishing ingredients like ceramides and peptides. Avoid creams/lotions with denatured alcohol, but also note that not all drinks are nasty. Alcohols are only a chemical term, and certain alcohols used in skincare like cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are emollients (hydrating).
- Go Fragrance-Free: Fragrance is an umbrella term for many chemicals used in skincare products to give a pleasant aroma. It is a fragrance that often drives a consumer to buy specific skincare and haircare products because obviously everyone wants to smell like a bowl of fruit salad or a bunch of flowers. But in all honesty, the fragrance has no benefit in skincare and is the primary cause of skin sensitivity, allergies, and reactions. You don't want to further irritate your already irritated skin by using a moisturizer loaded with fragrance. Go for fragrance-free variants, and your olfactory receptors may not, but our skin will thank you.
- Use A Gentle Cleanser: Avoid cleansers with harsh cleansing agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium Laureth sulfate, a skin sensitizing agent. One should avoid it if it is high up on the ingredient list. But not all sulfates are as harsh as sodium lauryl/Laureth sulfate. There are milder sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and others that cleanses oil and dirt without being aggressive. When it comes to cleansers, the fragrance isn't as evil as it would be washed off anyway, unlike leave-on products. However, for extra sensitive skin going for fragrance and dye-free options will prove beneficial. Wash your face properly with a cleanser only once a day if your skin is normal, dry, or sensitive. Even if you have oily skin, replace your morning cleanser with mild cleansers like micellar water or a cleanser with active ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to control oil and also provide hydration.
- Exfoliate Only Once A Week: The right way to exfoliate is not to over-exfoliate. Especially if you have dry skin, the tendency is to scrub the dead skin cells off, but the chances are that you will be further aggravating the condition. Chemical exfoliants are milder and get the job done effectively (better than physical exfoliants that create micro-tears on the skin). Chemical exfoliants shred the dead skin cells on the surface and dissolve the bond between dead skin cells that clogs the pores. Once new skin cells are exposed, you need to give them time and not exfoliate them because that causes dryness and irritation. Also, choose a hydrating exfoliant like lactic acid to prevent further dryness. Try: Minimalist Lactic Acid 10% + Hyaluronic Acid 2%
- Wear Sunscreen: Sun exposure can lead to a plethora of problems, and sunscreen can save us from those if worn the right way. Our skin always needs protection from the sun but more so when exfoliated, as the newly revealed cells are more susceptible to sun damage. Therefore be it rain or sunshine, always wear a broad spectrum SPF (30 or above) to protect the skin. But when you have skin conditions like dryness and flakiness, you would do better to go with a mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide. Chemical sunscreens are often irritating for sensitive skin, and a lot of them contain fragrances.
- Protect With Appropriate Clothing: When the weather is too dry and cold, cover your face with a scarf to protect the face from wind burns. The same goes for a sunny day. Your skin will do well when protected from direct exposure to pollution and sunlight. But remember to wash your face later because the sweat can create a damp environment, a picnic for fungus, and result in fungal acne.
If the skin continues to be dry and flaky or if you notice unusual changes, then it is best to seek a dermatologist. Especially if you have sensitive skin, do consult your dermatologist before switching to a new product.