Ladies, I understand. Sometimes you want to take a selfie, and you don’t want to use a filter. Because flawless. However, as flawless as you are in your head, you can’t help but add a little Valencia to your dull complexion and scarred cheeks from time to time. There’s still a lot of work to be done before I can confidently own my no-makeup look, however, I believe I’ve found the solution.
Oil. I’ve been using various types of oils on my face for about a month now. Whether it’s to treat pimples, reduce acne scarring, or add some well needed natural moisture to a face that undergoes harsh contouring, baking, and probing techniques on a daily basis, natural oils have become a highly beneficial addition to my beauty practices. Not to mention what the nightly massages have done for my mood!
After a lot of experimentation, I have narrowed down my list of oils to an essential five. There are various uses for each of these oils and although they can be used in a routine like I do, its recommended to try each oil out individually for a couple of days before becoming a grease monkey.
1. Coconut Oil
Boy, do I love my khol! A deep, smoky eye and waterproof mascara is a must for my daily makeup, but it can also be extremely difficult to take off. Eye makeup remover can get pricey, and some of them don’t even work. Instead of creating that unnecessary dent in your bank account, dip a cotton ball in some coconut oil and slap it on your eye. After letting your eye soak the oil, begin gently rubbing the ball in circular motions around your eye and magically watch as your dark circles and beady eyes take form again. You can use the same technique to take off your stubborn matte, all day lipstick. I even massage any excess oil on my cheeks, especially on days where I’ve put on a lot of product, such as blush and/or bronzer. Wipe the oil off with a makeup wipe to reveal smoother, more supple looking skin.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil isn’t a part of my daily routine, however, I do like to use it from time to time. The days I’m craving for change, I opt for olive oil to remove my makeup. Given its ability to maintain skin elasticity, olive oil is also a great addition to use as a moisturizer. But I find the best use for olive oil is as an exfoliate. Add some sea salt to a couple of table spoons of olive oil and begin scrubbing on your face to remove any dead skin cells and impurities that the coconut oil may not have picked up. Wash it away and marvel at becoming one step closer to Beyonce. #flawless
3. Argan Oil
Argan oil is the type of oil that makes you want to wash your face at night, just so you can use it. Not only is Argan oil packed with good stuff such as vitamins and nutrients, it’s also extremely hydrating. However, the miracle of Argan oil is not its benefits, but by how surprisingly light it feels on your skin. While coconut oil will leave you feeling a little like you just swam out of an oil spill (hence why I advise you to wipe it off), Argan oil will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. After exfoliating, clean your face with your daily cleanser and take a small, quarter sized amount of Argan oil in your palm and rub your hands together to heat it up. Begin to massage the oil in circular motions on your skin. Skip that rejuvenating, replenishing, time renewal moisturizer.
The best part of Argan oil? It’s anti-aging properties. Yay for youthful skin!
4. Tea Tree Oil
Okay hun, you’re not Beyonce yet. Because Beyonce does not have pimples! And even if she does, she does not let them show. Do yourself a favour and stick a cotton swab in a bottle of tea tree oil and dab them on your pimples. Tea tree oil has immense anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. You may have to endure the slight, stinging sensation that the tea tree oil will cause as it cleans out your pimples, but it is worth it to replicate that inner beauty with your outer beauty. Because what is the use of concealer, if you can’t conceal the dark spots of your heart. Of course, there will be no use for concealer when you begin using tea tree oil, because breakouts will be a thing of the past.
Have you been using facial oils as a beauty practice? Let us know in the comments below!