We grew up knowing that oil is bad for our skin. Back in puberty, we were exposed to oil-fighting products to prevent pimples, blackheads, and shine from ruining our teenage lives. But now that you’re in the age bracket where anti-aging is the priority more than oil control, it’s time to reintroduce the concept of oil and get to know its skincare benefits. Yes, you read that right. Oil can be good for your complexion. It can actually tap the fountain of youth. Not yet convinced? Read on to be a believer.

First up is learning about the benefit of including a cleansing oil in your face-washing routing. Before you get paranoid on worsening your breakouts by putting on more oil on your pores, listen to us first: You see, the key to removing makeup, sunscreen, and accumulated mix of face grease and dirt is an oil-based cleanser. This is the main reason why Korean and Japanese women are accustomed to the double-cleansing method, where they wash their faces with cleansing oils before using a facial wash to get rid of EVERYTHING hiding beneath your pores.

Also, even if you’re not wearing makeup, it still helps to use cleansing oils because they take out the oil produced by your glands that may clog your pores. The bottom line: Use oil to clean your face to prevent breakouts. If you’ve got oily skin, use a mild facial wash with tea tree oil as a secondary product to score a blemish-free complexion.

The second reason why you should give oil a chance is that it can give you a youthful glow. There are face oils available in the market that are bursting with anti-oxidants that can remove signs of puyat and aging! Plus, these oils are easily absorbed by the skin and are never greasy. They leave your skin velvety smooth with a candlelit radiance. After toner, you can go straight to pressing face oil to lightly hydrate and nourish your skin. You may also mix this with your favorite foundation for a celebrity glow. For those who are acne-prone and want to proceed with caution, check out the dermatologist-approved oils that won’t give you zits.

Check out our favorite beauty oils below:

1. A cult-favorite and the pioneer in cleansing oils, Shu Uemura brewed up a special formula for acne-prone skin

Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil, at Glorietta


2. An affordable and organic find guaranteed to remove stubborn makeup

Human Nature Gentle Cleansing Oil, P199.75, at department stores

3. A mild cleansing oil made for sensitive skin and contacts lens wearers

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, at SM Megamall

4. Preserve your radiance and youthfulness with a lovey blend of hydrating essential oils like rosehip, jojoba, and sweet almond

Pixi Rose Oil Blend, P1,280, at glamourbox.ph

5. Bring back your skin’s firmness witghout worrying about getting breakouts with a light and refreshing blend of plant oils

Origins Plantscription™ Youth-Renewing Face Oil, at SM Makati

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