How to Use Facial Oil on Oily Skin

Having combination skin, I was never a fan of using facial oil.

I reasoned, why add oil to already partially oily skin. If you have acne or your skin is more on the oily side, should you be using facial oil at all?

While your traditional over the counter products do help zap the zits, their harsh ingredients can dry out the skin which means your skin needs to overcompensate meaning hello, more oil.

Using oils on problem skin, even acne, can soothe and calm down the skin as oils naturally contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Since I’ve come back from Portugal (review here) my skin has been my enemy and playing up like I’m a hormonal teenager. I refuse to return to my Oxy10 days (does that still exist?) so am turning to a more holistic approach to treat my facial woes. Having tried what feels like the entirety of Selfridges beauty hall, these are my current faves:

Aveda Tulasāra Range*
Tulasāra – Sanskrit for moving forward - is a new skincare collection from Aveda, inspired by the Ayurvedic approach to healthy balanced skin. It was also my introduction to dry skin brushing (Aveda Radiant Dry Brush - £27). Not as scary as it sounds, dry brushing simply involves using the brush on clean skin and using gentle circular anti-clockwise motions to gently sweep away dead skin cells. Do one side of the face at a time, starting at the eye area, to help encourage lymph drainage.

Once that’s done, the Tulasāra Radiant Oleation Oil (£38) contains certified organic sesame, sunflower and jojoba seed oils combined with rose hip, apricot kernel and sweet almond oil to nourish and cleanse the skin. After dry brushing, gently massage the oil into the face for three to four minutes before rinsing off.

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil*
Sunflower seed oil preserves the skin’s protective barrier and helps defend against free radical damage, rice bran oil – rich in Vitamins B and E - moisturises, helps protect against UV rays which makes hyperpigmentation worse, while chia seed oil helps hydrate and sooth dry, itchy skin. I add a few drops to my moisturiser every night. The oil can also be mixed with an SPF for daily sun protection or to primer for a great makeup base.

I know that sounds like a lot of oil, but my skin doesn’t end up any oilier, if anything the oil helps balance things out. Especially when my hormones are waging a not-so-secret war against me every month!

Are you a fan of using facial oil?

*PR sample*