How do you choose the right oil for a face massage?

Some may say that any oil with a nice slip is a good fit for a face massage. But in fact, it's not that simple.

Using the wrong oil will result in dryness, clogged pores, and irritation instead of the smooth and glowing skin you expected.

In contrast, when you choose the right oil, on the other hand, it enhances the benefits of massage by making your skin appear more radiant, nourished, elastic, and smooth.
The key is to choose the oil according to your skin type and condition. For example, while acne-prone or oily skin benefits from lightweight products like grapeseed oil, heavy products will likely clog pores and trigger breakouts.

How do you choose the oil that works best for your skin?

In the first place, it's essential to be very particular about what you put on your face. Never use baby oil, synthetic oil from the supermarket, or any oils with weird additives. Use only natural oils, either mono or a mixture, with a transparent composition, containing only cosmetic oils, extracts, and essential oils.

It's crucial to keep in mind your skin type when choosing a natural oil for face massage. As you massage the oil into your skin for several minutes, it acts as a nutritious cosmetic product, and every cosmetic product should be tailored to the specific needs of your skin.

Are there any "one-size-fits-all" oils? Yes, several oils, for example, peach kernel oil or shea butter, are almost universal. However, it's better to consider your skin type anyway, especially if your skin has problems and requires special care.
The best oils for face massage according to your skin type

Dry skin

Oily skin

Problem skin

Normal skin

You can use all these oils alone simply by applying 1-2 drops of pure oil to the skin before the massage. Or you can add additional oils to the base ones to enhance the effect. Such additional oils include tamanu for problem skin, evening primrose oil, green coffee for mature skin, and wheat germ oil for very dry skin.
Do’s and don'ts of using oils for face massage
1.Pay attention to your skin's reaction to facial oil.

Even if you've chosen the oil according to your skin type, it may still be unsuitable.

When it comes to oily skin, even lightweight and non-comedogenic products can clog pores and cause acne breakouts.

If the skin is dry, excessive usage of some oils can damage its lipid layer, causing it to lose moisture. As a result, dry skin becomes even drier over time.

If you notice that your skin's condition gets worse, immediately stop massaging your face with oil. Consider getting a cream or a gel or, ideally, consult a dermatologist.

2.Don't opt for the cheapest option.

It is better to choose a higher-priced oil rather than the cheapest one available at a drugstore. Oils of higher price boast better purification, lack dilution, and contain more useful substances. It is recommended to choose cold-pressed and unrefined face massage oils.

3. Don’t leave excess oil on your face.

When it comes to oily skin, don't forget to tissue the excess oil off after the massage or wash the face with a mild cleanser.

4. Massage your face very gently, always following the correct massage technique.

The purpose of facial oil (or cream or gel) is only to make massage more effective and comfortable. But the visible results of face massage mainly depend on how well you know and follow the technique.

best oils for face massage
You should know which layer of the skin you stimulate, where to apply pressure, and where to massage particularly gently.

Keeping your hands at the right angle and understanding other nuances is also essential.

So, you can ask your dermatologist to come up with a massage routine that fits your goals, or you can download a handy face massage app with how-to video tutorials.
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