Skin sin no. 1: Not using oil on your face Does simply hearing the word "oil" make you break out? While you may balk at the idea of applying oil on your face -- especially if you have oily skin -- using it can actually decrease your skin's oil production. Sounds crazy, but hear us out: Over-cleansing stimulates the sebum glands, which prompts more oil production, says Lori Cahitas, an esthetician for Murad, Inc. in Los Angeles. Introducing oil to the skin can have the opposite effect and actually slow oil production, making you less shiny. And contrary to popular belief, face oils can even improve acne. "Essential oils are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so they're very good at killing bacteria that's causing the breakouts."
Keep in mind that using oil on your face isn't just beneficial for those with oily skin; even normal and mature skin can benefit from this skin care habit. The key is to get high quality oil with a "molecular structure that's so small it can penetrate into your skin without sitting on top and clogging your pores," says Cahitas. One we love: Eve Taylor Essential Oils, $29.50. Use it after you cleanse at night, when you don't mind looking a little greasy.
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