Facial Oils Won't Make Your Face Oily
In fact, the opposite is true, says Mark Broussard, a Houston-based cosmetic chemist. Facial oils help regulate your skin's natural oil-production system by replenishing what's stripped away when you wash your face — the lipids, triglycerides, and essential fatty acids at the surface. This keeps skin softer, smoother, and less likely to overgenerate sebum (oil). Applying a facial oil postshave also soothes razor irritation. Look for products made with plant oils, like jojoba, avocado, and hemp and chia seed, Broussard suggests, because they more closely mimic the fats and compounds in your skin. For even application, apply a few drops on the pads of your fingertips and gently rub the oil over just-washed skin.