Say Goodbye to Dry Skin: The Secret Ingredient for Hydration
Are you tired of struggling with dry, flaky skin? Then it’s time you get in on the biggest beauty trend that actually started in the time of Cleopatra - face oil. As someone who's tried everything from slathering myself in olive oil to bathing in milk (yes, really - my aunt said it would get rid of hyperpigmentation), I can attest to the benefits of incorporating face oil into your skincare routine.
Because there are too many people spreading misinformation online (mostly on Tik Tok), I want to start with the science behind why face oil is a game-changer for dry skin.
Let’s start with the root cause of dry skin. There are a few factors at play here, including cold weather, hot showers, chemicals in beauty and makeup products, and harsh cleansers. But the culprit can also just be your genetics - time to blame that same aunt that told me to bathe in milk.
Fortunately, mother nature came to the rescue. The right face oil can help combat even the most stubborn cases of dry skin. By injecting a high dose of nourishing ingredients into your skin (think natural Botox), high-quality face oil can help restore your skin's natural moisture barrier and improve its overall texture and tone.
So, which oils are best for dry skin? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is a superstar when it comes to hydrating dry skin. Why? Because its molecular structure is so similar to that of our skin's natural sebum, it's easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Plus, it's packed with nutrients like vitamin E, which helps repair damaged skin and prevent moisture loss.
- Argan Oil: If you're looking for a one-stop shop for dry skin, argan oil is your answer. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E, argan oil not only hydrates but also helps protect your skin from environmental stressors and improve its overall texture and tone.
- Rosehip Oil: If you're concerned about the signs of aging, rosehip oil is your new best friend. High in vitamins A and C, as well as fatty acids, rosehip oil can help boost collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten your skin.
Use high-quality (cold pressed, 3rd party tested) oils with high Linoleic Acid (more on that below) and apply it liberally in the morning as your second to last step right before sunscreen and at night as your last step. I also recommend trying slugging a few times a week to get faster results. Take your same face oil and just add more of it to your face at night.
Now, I know what you might be thinking: "But Kavita, won't putting oil on my face make me break out?" Fear not, my friend. Face oil can actually help balance your skin's sebum and oil production to actually prevent breakouts, especially if you choose oils that are high in linoleic acid.
Time to Nerd Out on Linoleic Acid :
Linoleic Acid, aka Vitamin F, is an essential Omega-6 fatty acid that our bodies can't produce on their own.
Why should you care that it is an Omega-6? They support brain function, promote skin and hair growth, and keep our metabolism regulated. Basically, it is an easy button in wellness for proper tissue and cell growth.
Linoleic Acid is also an unsaturated fat and you should care because it is crucial in promoting cell turnover and regeneration to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
As a bonus, it is also amazing for hyperpigmentation.
Does Linoleic Acid work for Acne-Prone Skin?
Most people that breakout actually have a Linoleic acid deficiency and instead they have too much Oleic acid.
Oleic acid is an Omega-9 fatty acid that helps seal the moisture in skin but it does such a good job that it can sometimes trap dirt in pores not balanced with Linoleic Acid.
So now you know that the secret is you must have a face oil with Linoleic Acid, so what is the catch?
Well, this amazing and powerful botanical has a short shelf life which means you are not going to find it on most shelf-made products and if you do it might not be effective because it loses its potency in 3-6 months.
The only way to get the full benefit of this powerful botanical is through fresh custom-made face oils.
Time for a shameless plug:
At K Sahai, we offer a custom face oil that's formulated specifically for your skin type, skin goals, and even your ethnicity, so you can achieve your best, most hydrated complexion.
If you're tired of struggling with dry, flaky skin, give our custom face oil a try. With so many benefits and options available, there's sure to be an oil that's perfect for your skin's unique needs. 100% happiness guaranteed.