I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that apricot oil is one of my favorite things to put on my face. Recently rose oil has joined this line of "dry oils" that I like to use. Dry oil is basically what it sounds like, oil, that's not too oily. It absorbs easily without residue. That being said. I think a lot of oils absorb easily, but if you are used to moisturizer (that's already mixed with water, if not mostly water) you'll probably end up putting too much on. After a shower if I go to put on some face oil, I put on a drop, an actual drop, on damp skin, or hair. Maybe two drops if my face is really dry or I want to rub more into my lips. If I put oil all over as body moisturizer, it's about seven drops. Yes, I counted them for you. You really don't need a lot. I know in the times of massive jars of coconut oil, it's easy to just grab a handful of the stuff, but honestly less is more. Try putting the tiniest amount on damp or even wet skin and see if it doesn't work better.
So, if you're feeling frustrated out there in the world of moisturizing oils, consider less is more, and you may be using too much. Or try stacking them under your normal moisturizer for a boost instead of replacing your moisturizer with oils. One drop of oil on clean skin and maybe a little less moisturizer. If you have more sensitive skin (rose oil is good for sensitive skin) you can try just around the eyes, or anywhere you feel is dry or creasing. So, apricot oil works well on my skin, better than a lot of the other carrier oils, like jojoba, avocado, macadamia, or olive. I think it's a process of experimentation to find the one that works best for you. Although, I do alternate, I tend to go back to apricot.
As for the benefits, they lock in moisture, but also keep other things out, protecting your skin from damage.
"Because oils are lipophilic, they can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturizing goodness in, while keeping toxins and other bad stuff out. Some oils also help to fortify and strengthen our own natural skin barrier." Good Housekeeping
One thing I notice with the regular use of oils is they really do shrink the size of your pores, while also giving you a glowy effect. You want these oils to work in conjunction with your skin, think less like slathering on sunscreen and more like taking a wheatgrass shot. You can get all you need in a very small amount.
Here's what you'll need:
- Mix oils well in a dropper, and apply conservatively to damp skin.