“Why would you put oil on your face? It’ll obviously cause a breakout! Im already oily, I don’t need any more!” – People who don’t know the truth
OK, so let me give a little back story. At one point in my life, maybe 5 years ago, I was having major skin problems. I was super dry, but I was also breaking out on my chin and around my nose. Aseriously bad combo: dry and flaky..AND breaking out! It was driving me crazy. I was afraid to put a lot of lotion on my skin because I didn’t want to worsen the breakouts, but I needed to fix the dry skin. I was over washing my face in an attempt to get rid of the breakouts, and making the dryness worse. When I did put lotion on, it all seemed to get worse or stay the same. Basically I was stuck in a little skin hell that I was making worse for myself my over scrubbing and undernourishing.
I was working on 30 Rock at the time and my makeup artist on set recommended I try to use a face oil to moisturize. I was like “what the what?!?” how would OIL help clear my skin up?? She explained it to me like this: when your skin is dry, your body will try to fix the problem by producing oil, but if you’re constantly stripping your skin of its natural oils (like I was doing) your body will overcompensate and produce too much oil and eventually clog your pores and then…cause a breakout. By applying oil to your skin, you will actually balance out your oil production levels. Give your skin the oil it needs and your skin will stop overproducing it.
The idea of this seemed so simple; our bodies want us to live in perfect homeostasis- a balance. I was stripping my skin and my body was trying to fix what I was doing, but it wasn’t working in the proper way…in fact it was backfiring and causing skin unnecessary skin woes!
The first oil I used, and still use today is Dr. Hauschka Clarifying/Normalizing Oil. And it does exactly what its name infers- it normalizes your skin and creates a balance. The oil moisturizes your skin without a greasy feel, and helps clear up dry skin. It also helps my skin when I have any sort of breakout. The line is all natural and holistic…it feeds your skin with natural ingredients. You only need a little bit, and I use it just once a day, at night before bed all over my face and neck.
I also love two oils by Kiehl’s- one that I use at night under my moisturizer called “Midnight Recovery Concentrate“, and another day oil called “Daily Reviving Concentrate” and I use it every morning under my moisturizer, before the normalizing oil.
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate works to repair and replenish your skin as you sleep, while the Daily Reviving Concentrate is filled with antioxidants that keep your skin glowing an protected all day long. These two products work so well together, and as a team they work great with Dr. Hauschka Clarifying/Normalizing Oil.
I also love a little organic coconut oil on my skin when it is super dry in the colder months. It’s the most natural, cheapest skin oil out there! And it works like a dream and your skin will just soak it up.
If you haven’t ever dabbled in face oils- give them a try. They have completely changed the way my skin looks and feels.