If you're not using a facial oil regularly, your skincare routine is sorely lacking. Facial oils are great because there are so many natural oils that impart benefits to skin — and if you find the right facial oil, you can even enjoy a variety of benefits from several different kinds of oil blended together.
There are lots of misconceptions about facial oils though. People tend to think that if their skin is oily or combination, then they shouldn't use a facial oil. That's not true, actually. Of course people with dry skin can benefit hugely from the hydration that oils can give (I'm one of those people, for sure) but even skin that's naturally very oily needs to be moisturized well. Otherwise it will overcompensate by producing more oil, clogging your pores and leading to breakouts. A little bit of facial oil can help keep things balanced.
Another misconception about facial oil is that it's only for the winter months. Once spring rolls around, it's easy to forget about moisturizing altogether. But everyone's skin needs a solid moisturizing routine in the spring and summer months too. It might make sense for you to switch to a lightweight moisturizer in warmer weather — or you could just use a facial oil. Not all facial oils are heavy and greasy. The right facial oil for spring will be light enough to absorb quickly into your skin without leaving behind a shiny mess.
I recently stumbled across the best facial oil for spring (in my humble opinion, anyway): Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil.
There are a lot of reasons to love this facial oil, but I'm going to take you through the top five reasons.
1. It's made only with natural ingredients.
Only three ingredients make up this facial oil: sweet almond oil, plum seed oil, and blackthorn flower extract. According to the brand's website, blackthorn flower extract contains vitamin C as well as tannins, which help to tone the skin and possibly even reduce inflammation — hence the "soothing" part of this oil. The almond and plum seed oil help to nourish and moisturize skin. There are no other filler ingredients or harmful ingredients like alcohol or artificial fragrance. Speaking of...
2. It's fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
There is no fragrance added to this oil, which is great news because artificial fragrance is a well-known irritant of skin. Besides, not everyone likes their skincare products to smell heavily of perfume. This oil has a light scent thanks to its natural ingredients, but it's fairly subtle. I have very sensitive skin and this oil hasn't irritated it at all, nor has it made me break out.
3. The packaging is great.
This oil comes in a dark glass bottle of 50 ml, which is almost two ounces. The dark color of the bottle helps to protect the contents from light and keep them stable. There's also a handy dispenser that keeps the oil from pouring out; it's easy to get just the right amount because it comes out one drop at a time.
4. It has multiple uses.
I use this oil for so many things: to moisturize my face and neck, soothe my rosacea (as you can see in these makeup-free pictures, my cheeks are always naturally flushed but this oil helps a lot), nourish my damaged and dry hair as well as smooth flyaways, hydrate my cuticles and hands, fix chapped lips, and even as a natural, all-over highlighter. You can even use it to gently remove makeup — yes, including eye makeup. Also, this isn't the prettiest use for it, but if you have a lot of blackheads you can massage this oil into the area to help unclog and clear your pores.
5. It hydrates without being greasy.
Finally, as you can see in the picture above, this oil will give your hair and skin a nice glow without making you look like you just slathered yourself with oil. In fact, I kind of did slather it all over after I poured too much into my hand, but you can't really tell. It's definitely an emollient and hydrating oil, but it absorbs so quickly. I don't like my face to look too shiny or my hair too greasy and sometimes in the summer it's like I'm fighting a losing battle because my skin and hair are dry year-round and still need hydrating products. This Weleda oil solves that problem. It keeps my skin and hair soft and hydrated without making anything look too shiny or oily. If I'm really piling it on then I'll just do it at night before bed, but this is one facial oil that you can apply in the morning before work and not worry about looking like an oil slick. As the days get warmer and we all get a little bit sweatier, this is essential.
So if you're looking for a facial oil for spring, or even just thinking about switching to a lighter moisturizer, I suggest checking out the Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil. I think it would work great for any skin type, whether yours is dry and sensitive like mine or oily and acne-prone. Remember, just because winter is over doesn't mean that your skin doesn't still deserve a little pampering.
Images: Kelly Dougher