Home > Lifestyle > Woman > Your life Updated 10 April 2014 How facial oils can give you beautiful skin Facial oils are popping up on beauty counters around the globe. We take a look at how they work. 0 Related Eating for beauty Is semen the secret to sexy skin? Your lifestyle and your skin Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Most of the new facial oils that have hit the market contain essential oils - some, such as Weleda Almond Soothing Oil have one only while other such as L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Face Oil, up to 8. It's these essential oils that provide the biggest benefit to skin - not only for their antioxidant properties but also for the natural healing and nourishing properties of the ingredients they are made of.In 2010 Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands in Greece, conducted research into the effectiveness of essential oils in the search for an alternative to antibiotics. They tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils and found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.What are essential oils really?Mother Nature Network explains:"Despite their name, essential oils are not oils but are aromatic, volatile substances or essences extracted from a plant, herb or flower by distillation or expression. It is a labour-intensive process resulting in a potent oil that is not cheap, but due to its concentrated nature, a small amount can be used very effectively for a range of ailments, skincare and even natural homemade carpet cleaner."Can it be used on an oily skin?Contrary to intuition, experts say using an essential oil on an already oily skin won't make matters worse. If you have an oily skin and you continuously strip the natural oils through cleansing, your sebaceous glands will only produce more oil.By using oil on your skin, you replace missing fatty acids. Over time a balance in oil production is reached and the glands stop over-producing oil.The essential oils found in facial oils and what they doLavender for antioxidant protectionMarjoram and rosemary for anti-bacterial propertiesGeranium contains soothing agentsArgan is a great skin nourisherRoman chamomile for calming goodnessRose helps improve skin toneGrapeseed tightens and tonesOrange peel for collagen protection Lavandin (a different type of lavender) to help promote collagen and elastinLemon clears up acne and restores balanceEucalyptus dislodges blackheadsClary sage fights hormonal acneHow they help the skinTop quality facial oils, used regularly, will reduce fine lines by plumping up the skin, increase the skin's elasticity, accelerate cell turnover, calm inflammation and combat dryness.It also nourishes the skin and protects it against extreme temperatures, dry climates, and over-cleansing. Used under foundation, facial oils makes foundation easier to apply, it stays put longer and doesn't accentuate signs of ageing.Use it alone, or add a couple of drops after moisturising your skin. Read more:Points to take note of when using essential oilsHow lavender oil can protect against candidaVisit our acne centre for all the latest in treatments and causesSources: SkinInc, Allure, Science Daily, Mother Nature Network, Health24Image: Shutterstock Health24.com More in Lifestyle A South African cancer survivor helps to fight the disease More: WomanYour life advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.