1. Invest in the right ingredients and ask, "Is it really natural?"
Because the skin's natural defence system gets weaker as you get older, the way it gets affected by chemical formulations is even worse than when you're young.
Certain chemical formulations may even have a steroidal effect, meaning they may make your skin look temporarily enhanced but can cause much larger long-term damage, particularly if your skin is thinner, weaker.
No face oil should contain ANY preservative, additive or chemical because if it's pure, it doesn't need any of this - since oil itself IS a preservative.
Many "natural" products will actually be just "some" natural extracts in a mostly chemical base or with additives/silicon/diluting agent/fragrance.
Therefore, turning to 100% natural, herbal solutions, (in fact, a particular category of herbal solutions if you need more targeted solutions, explained in point 3), is a very good option.
2. Use formulations that have specific herbs for specific needs
1. Menopausal skin prone to heat: Calming herbs like Vetiver, Sandalwood, Flame of the Forest
2. Dry skin: Sacred Lotus, Rose, Indian Barberry, Licorice
3. Dull skin: Saffron, Lodhra, Lemon, Butter Tree Bark, Licorice, Wild Himalayan Cherry
4. Acne prone skin: Lodhra, Indian Madder (Manjishtha), Turmeric, Indian Barberry
5. Uneven complexion: Wild Himalayan Cherry, Saffron
6. Pores: Black Mustard
7. For firming: Black Mustard, Inula Racemosa, Beauty Berry (Priyangu)
8. Irritated Skin: Indian Rose-Chestnut (Naagchampa), Flame of the Forest (Palashphool), Indian Bay Leaf, Nut Grass
3. Try a new category of Face Oils that can be very potent
Recently gaining more popularity here in the West, Ayurvedic oils have existed for about 5000 years! Ayurveda (AH-YOUR-WAY-DAH) is an over-5000-year-old sister science of yoga which is a whole discipline of its own that combines herbology, biology, psychology, yoga and more to provide natural solutions for a healthy life.
Pure Ayurvedic skincare can be very powerful because it uses a number of highly effective exotic herbs in a unique way - by cooking into specific base oils.
While Ayurvedic face oils are good for any age, for mature skin, Ayurvedic oils can be exceptionally beneficial because:
(a) they're chemical free
(b) they have specific herbs that naturally produce youth-boosting, firming, fine-tuning, glow enhancing effects and
(c) they provide older skin with natural moisture and stability, comparable to the skin's own oils when it is young. As we age, Ayurvedic oils make for a more powerful replacement for the skin's natural oil that keeps it bright, soft and youthful.
4. Use just 3 to 4 drops.
Oils, and particularly Ayurvedic oils, have far more powerful benefits when used correctly. Because they can be so powerful, too much is not needed. Less is more when it comes to Ayurvedic face oils.
5. Use a nutritive oil once in the morning and a restorative oil once in the evening or before going to bed.
According to Ayurveda, the human body is naturally inclined to follow Circadian Rhythms or the rhythms of nature. Different functions take over the body at different times of the day. From 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, the body begins transformative, restorative processes. If the skin is fed with healthy, nutritive herbs, the skin too will rejuvenate itself with zing and you will wake up for radiant morning skin.
KEY: A quick 5-minute face massage can do wonders for your skin. Not only would it enhance blood circulation, helping it look youthful, but it will also help the oil penetrate even better.