By now, it is no longer a secret that oil and skincare complement each other and there are many benefits to adding a face oil into your skincare routine!
However, when it comes to picking the right face oil for your skin, it can be a daunting task. From familiar oils (rosehip oil and jojoba oil etc) to exotic ones (acai oil, moringa oil etc), the options are seemingly endless.
To help find your soulmate face oil, here’s three key checkpoints for you to keep in mind:
Point 1: Do the smell-and-touch test
As an attempt to mitigate people’s fear of greasiness attached with face oil, some face oils would add ingredients such as silicone / dimethicone as the oil base to achieve a light, silky texture. So, make sure to feel the face oil on your own skin before purchase, and if it’s giving you a fast-absorbing and smooth sensation, check the ingredients list to see whether any of the mentioned ingredients were included for the sake of their illusory skincare effect (besides, these ingredients have less unsaponifiable and antioxidant nutrients compared to natural, plant-based oils).
Action: Read your ingredient labels. If you see the ingredient that ends with -cone or -siloxane, try to avoid as much as possible:
5. Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
6. Cyclopentasiloxane (D5)
7. Cyclohexasiloxane (D6)
Apart from touch, If you find the face oil has an obvious and overwhelming scent, it may also contain artificial fragrances to help make the product smell more attractive. These potent aromas may make you “think” you're buying luxury and natural products, when in reality, you're getting a product which can be potentially irritating for your skin and bad for your health.
Action: Again, read your ingredient labels. If you see “fragrance” or “parfum," please leave the product on the shelf! Choose only “unscented” and “fragrance-free” products—but read labels carefully, as some products use other chemicals to mask scent to misrepresent an “unscented” experience.
Point 2: Avoid red-flag fillers
Apart from smell and touch, if you’re still unsure whether the face oil you are looking for is clean enough, check the label again and see if you can find ‘water’ as the first or second ingredient (including hydrosols, floral water, aloe vera etc), as it can imply strong preservatives such as Phenoxyethanol and Parabens may have been added to the product.
Other concerning yet scentless ingredients such as artificial colours and -PEG surfactants can also be added to make the product look more appealing and stable. However, these additives can be problematic, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Action: Avoid face oils containing surface active agents such as PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil / PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil / PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides.
You can also choose a single oil and use it in isolation for two weeks to find out how it reacts on your skin. If it doesn’t work for your skin type, either discard it like off milk, or use it as body oil and move on to the next product.
Point 3: Shop face oils as if you are getting a fresh juice blend
Last but not least, when choosing a face oil, pay particular attention to how the ingredients were processed. Since no external heat is applied, oil extraction via cold-press method is a tedious procedure and produces less yield compared to other methods. However, the quality of the oils is far superior in terms of retaining natural nutrients, antioxidants, aroma, texture and flavour.
Our Know More Resilience Face Oil was also formulated with a skin-mimicking, lightweight natural oil complex, featuring the award-winning Marine Bamboo that leaves the skin feeling contoured with an iridescent glow.
Action: Look for face oils containing natural, unrefined and/ or cold-pressed oil ingredients - for all the same reasons you’d consider when buying a fresh pineapple / blueberry / celery blend.