New Beauty Fave: Facial Oils

Depending on what skin type you have, the words “facial oil” can have a huge impact on you.

If your skin is drier than the Sahara desert in July, your thoughts are probably along the lines of “can I bathe in it?”

If your skin’s oil content more closely resembles that of authentic southern fried chicken, those words might seriously threaten your mental health (dramatic but play along, k?)

As someone with oily skin, I definitely related to the latter.

I am someone who has to repeatedly blot their skin lest you should want to check your lipstick in your reflection on my forehead. My very last thought was that I needed to put more oil on my face.

Well, I’m happy to announce that I have learned from my mistakes and can admit that I was wrong. Facial oils and I are in a deeply committed relationship.

I know that I am way late to the game on this one but like I said, it was scary to take that leap!

I started using a facial oil on my skin a couple months ago, and I wanted to really give it time to see if I really liked it or not before blogging about it.

After months of daily use, I can honestly say that I love it!

Not only does my skin feel super soft, but I honestly feel like the texture of my skin has improved! I also haven’t broken out once from it, so gold star from me right there.

The oil that I’m currently loving is called Face Hero by Go-To, and it’s a blend of all natural botanical oils like jojoba (ho-ho-buh) and macadamia oils.

Jojoba oil is a favorite of mine in particular because it’s basically a super food for your skin. Its chemical composition is very similar to sebum, which is the waxy substance produced by your skin to keep it moisturized and protected. Thus, it’s very easy on your skin.

Along with containing high concentrations of Vitamin E, jojoba oil protects against damaging free radicals and is antibacterial and non-comedogenic, which means that no, adding this oil to your routine won’t break you out.

As far as how I use facial oil goes, I mix 2-3 drops in with my moisturizer at night and let it work its magic.

I only apply it at night because that’s when I don’t mind looking like a oil slick (sorry, hubby!) and believe it or not, your skin is more able to absorb and utilize products at night than during the day.

I think when this oil runs out I’ll probably expand my horizons and explore the wonderful world of face oils, now that the concept no longer strikes fear into my soul.

Go-To Face Hero, five stars from me!!

Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid in Your Life

I love playing with my two-month old daughter and kissing those soft, chubby cheeks until just shy of them falling off. Seriously, how are her cheeks so darn kissable?? And why is her skin so soft all over? Besides her just being a perfect human specimen, she has hyaluronic acid to thank.

Babies are born with the highest amount of hyaluronic acid they will ever have. The amount of HA present in the body will make a slow and steady decline from there, with the most dramatic drop happening around age 40. Perfect skin is wasted on babies, am I right??

Don’t shy away from the word ‘acid’: hyaluronic acid is a super-moisturizer, making it anything but harsh or stripping. It is a naturally-occurring glycosaminoglycan (GAG), which is a fancy name for a sugar that is able to hold crazy amounts of water. HA is able to hold up to 1000x its weight in water, and is responsible for keeping your skin plump, your eyes moist, and your joints flexible. It is also a humectant, which means that it is able to draw moisture out of the air and hold onto it, making it a tall drink of water for your skin.

HA is not new to the beauty industry. Its benefits are well known and well-researched. Today it is used in countless hydrating serums and moisturizers, as well as in some injectable fillers as a means of plumping up skin from the inside.

The great part about this skin-super-food is that it’s universal – anyone can reap its benefits. As someone with oily, acne-prone skin, I know how scary the word “hydrating” can be. However, hyaluronic acid holds moisture to your skin, and when your skin senses that there’s enough moisture on the surface, it slows oil production. Thus, more HA = less oil = happier skin. Moisturize, ladies!!

It’s also great for dry, aging skin as well. HA gets into your skin and helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and certain genetic factors. It may also fight free radical damage, potentially resulting in less UV damage (not an excuse to skip spf!). And as mentioned above, if you really want to kick wrinkles to the curb, visiting a dermatologist for hyaluronic acid fillers will almost instantly take years off.

If you’re looking for hyaluronic acid in a product, turn to the ingredients list. Some products may list it as plain hyaluronic acid. However, you may also find it listed as sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan. It is present in many hydrating serums and in a wide variety of moisturizers. Some of my favorites are Nip + Fab Dragons’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum and Eminence Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer. Both are amazing hydrators and the Eminence moisturizer seriously smells SO GOOD.

Long story short, if you’re not using this ingredient on your skin daily, you should start. Your skin will thank you!