How To Apply Face Oils

Not only are facial oils an essential part of a balanced skincare routine, but they are often designed to regulate skin, and are pretty easy to apply. If your skin is feeling extra sensitive, try and avoid oils which are scented since this could only aggravate your skin even more. Below are just a few helpful tips on how to apply, and get the most out of face oils.

Organic ingredients

Most facial oils are derived from natural ingredients, which means that they are pure and free from preservatives. A variety of special ingredients such as botanical and argan oils are rich in antioxidants, which help to improve the appearance of skin.

Can I apply onto acne?

As a general rule, it is best to observe how bad your acne actually is before applying a product onto it. If your breakouts are extremely red and inflamed, it is best to avoid the area since it could only aggravate the problem. Otherwise, if there are only small bumps under the skin, apply the facial oil as normal.

Skin damage

Not only do face oils help to rejuvenate and even out skin tone, but they are also helpful for minimising skin damage and scarring. However, you need to use the product consistently to notice any real results.

When to apply face oils?

The best time to apply a facial oil is right after cleansing and toning the skin. This is a perfect time since the skin has been prepped and ready to receive a bunch of natural antioxidants. Then feel free to apply your moisturiser after the oils have soaked into the skin.

Patch test

If you’ve never used this particular facial oil before, it is a good idea to perform a patch test on an inconspicuous part of your body. Apply the product at the back of your neck, and monitor its activity for the next 24 hours.

Do I apply it all over my face?

Face oils work well on every skin type, but are fantastic for people who suffer from dry patches. Pay a little more attention to these areas of the face, since antioxidants will really help to even out the skin with continual use. Dab the product into small circles on the apples of your cheeks, and on the chin. For the forehead area, it is best to swipe the product upwards and dab well into problem areas such as lines or wrinkles.

Try the following face oils if you suffer from – 

Dry skin: Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Facial Oil 50ml, $42.96

Oily skin: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil 30ml, $49

Combination skin: Natio Restore Antioxidant Face Serum, $26.95

Acne-prone skin: Grown Facial Serum Rosehip and Camellia Seed, $24.95

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August 23, 2014

5 Of The Best Products To Reduce Frizz

We can all agree that frizz is an inevitable part of washing, blowdrying and styling hair; but it doesn’t need to be. Switch up your usual shampoo and conditioner combination and you will see immediate results, which when used with a specialised serum leave hair feeling silky smooth and frizz-free. If you’re looking to tame the frizz, try out these holy-grail products which are sure to transform the state of your hair in no time.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo 250ml, $5.95

Packed with argan oil, this shampoo is an absolute lifesaver if you’re looking to tame the frizz without over-treating your hair. Argan oil helps to provide an added shine and smoothness from root to tip, and prevents damage to the hair cuticle without weighing it down.

Kérastase Sérum Oléo-Relax 125ml, $29.95

Serums help to tame unruly baby hair and split ends by moisturising the parts which need it most. Leaves hair with a glossy shine and long-lasting frizz protection, even against humidity or rainy weather. Simply apply onto damp hair and focus on the ends.

Fudge Textures Anti-Frizz Deconstruction Spray 150g, $20.69

French green clay helps to fight off unwanted frizz and leave hair looking silky smooth regardless of how you style it. Whether the texture of your hair is straight, curly or somewhere in between, spray generously to avoid frizz and maintain your preferred hairstyle.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner 250ml, $15.99

Contains a frizz-mending complex which targets vulnerable hair and defends against the possibility of frizz. Apply onto hair after shampooing, and use on roots and ends before rinsing well. Safe for all hair types, including colour treated hair.

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme 100ml, $4.89

Works best when applied on freshly towel dried hair, paying special attention to ends and other problem areas. Section off hair and blow dry from root to end, since this will decrease the amount of frizz in your hair.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 11, 2014