Facial oils have been growing in popularity for years and their use in skincare shows no signs of slowing down. Adding a facial oil to your current skincare routine may be a good way to target certain skin issues, including helping to repair a compromised skin barrier and avoid dryness that can lead to increased sensitivity.
Unfortunately, many people are using facial oils incorrectly and not getting the optimum benefits for their skin. In this post, I’ll explain how to properly add a facial oil to your current skincare routine.
Is using a facial oil really necessary?
Do you absolutely need to use a facial oil? No. Could your skin benefit from the use of a facial oil? Most likely. Facial oils can be a beneficial addition to your current routine and should act as a complement to the products you’re currently using. They are not a replacement for the more active ingredients present in your toners, serums and moisturizers. They can also be used on an “as needed” basis, such as when you're needing additional moisture in dryer climates or months.
All skin types can benefit from using a facial oil, but it’s important to choose the right oil for your skin’s needs. Dry, dehydrated skin will benefit from the use of heavier oils like carrot seed and sesame seed. The Herbal Facial Oil was formulated with dry and compromised skin types in mind. Oily or acne-prone skin can benefit from lighter oils such as evening primrose, meadowfoam and shea, which are primary ingredients of the Calming Facial Oil.
Where should a facial oil fit into your current routine?
Facial oils will be most effective when applied as the last step in your nighttime routine, after treatments, serums and moisturizers. Oils have a larger molecular size than water-based products, meaning if you apply another product on top of an oil, it will have a difficult time penetrating the skin and you will not receive the full benefits of that product. An oil, when applied as the last step in your routine, acts as a protective barrier and helps the products that were applied underneath to better penetrate your skin.
Can I use a face oil as my moisturizer?
Yes and no. Some people swear that their skin is happiest when they use a facial oil as their sole moisturizer, while many of us need more moisture in the form of a cream or lotion. It all depends on what makes your skin happiest, of course and the only way to know is by experimenting. Our skin needs hydration in the form of both oil and water, so if you choose to use just a facial oil, we recommend that you massage it into moist skin. Either leave your face moist after cleansing or mist it with a hydrating spray like our Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol. Facial oils are fantastic for massage too- many of our estheticians use the Calming Facial Oil or the Herbal Facial Oil to give a facial massage and you can treat yourself to a relaxing facial massage at home.
How much should you use?
A little goes a long way. Start with 2-3 drops and adjust as needed. Warm the oil between your hands and gently press it into your skin. Avoid tugging or pulling on your skin. Don’t forget about your neck and decolletage, as these areas should always be given the same care as your face.
It may take some time to find the right oil in the right amount for your skin. Pay attention to how your skin reacts and adjust accordingly.
What’s the best way to use body oil?
Using body oil is an excellent way to soothe, protect and moisturize your skin from the neck down. Apply the oil while your skin is still damp and gently massage into skin. This will create a moisturizing and protective barrier for your skin. Use the Chamomile Dream Body Oil in this manner and your skin will be nourished without feeling oily and the aromatically soothing aroma will be with you all day. The Chamomile Dream Body Oil is made with ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and for little ones. For more intense moisture and to brighten and restore sun-damaged and aging skin, we recommend the luxurious Blue Sapphire Illuminating Body Oil.
Using oils in skincare can be a beneficial addition to your current routine, providing hydration, nourishment and skin-boosting properties. Just be sure you are using them correctly to reap all the benefits they have to offer.
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