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The Do's and Dont's of Facial Oils

Face oils, the key to glowing, healthy skin. No matter your skin type, there’s a facial oil for you. Packed full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and nutrients. 

Read on for the lowdown on how to get the most out of your face oils and the do’s and dont's when it comes to using them in your routine. 

Face oils can work wonders for your skin — repairing, protecting and strengthening the skin barrier, boosting collagen production, unclogging pores, evening skin tone, banishing fine lines and boosting your skin glow.

Beneficial for all skin types (yes, even oily and acne prone). Most face oils are made using natural, plant-based ingredients also making them suitable for sensitive skin types, giving you an even glow without irritation. The key is finding the right blend of oils for your skin type, which we can help with here. 

Do’s…

Use face oils while you sleep + twice daily or as needed. Facial oils work great in your routine both morning and night but can also be used whenever needed (even a mid day refresher!) If you’re new to face oils and only use them once a day — apply at night. Our skin is more active at night. While we sleep, our skin switches to recovery mode and the regeneration process can be up to 3 times faster than during the day. Use oils that maximize the skin’s renewal process, while also providing moisture to deeply nourish and repair your skin while you sleep.

Combine oils with serums or moisturizers. If you’re new to oils and/or use moisturizers as well, you can mix them together. Because most moisturizers are part water and part oil, they will help your skin to retain moisture, whereas the oils will help lock it all in.

Apply oil sparingly. Oils are highly concentrated so a few drops go a long way.

Apply your products in the right order. Rule of thumb: thinnest to thickest. It’s super important to apply your skincare products in the right order to ensure you’re getting the most out of your products. Water-based products should always be applied first (serums, creams, moisturizers etc), with your oils always being the last step in your routine. Your other products cannot penetrate face oils and using oil last will add a protective barrier and lock in hydration. Read our blog post on how to layer your skincare here.

Let each product dry before moving on to your next skincare step. Layering your skincare products too quickly won’t give you the full benefit of each. Allow each product time to absorb properly before finishing with your oils. 

Dont's…

Use oils that are too heavy if you have acne prone skin. If you have oily or acne prone skin, it’s important to choose the right oils. Lightweight, quick-absorbing and skin mimicking oils like jojoba and squalane are best for those skin types.

Touch your face with your dropper / dip your fingers into products. Avoid unwanted bacteria and contamination by handling your products with clean hands. Avoid touching your skin directly with any applicators so that you’re not exposing your oils to bacteria.

Rub or tug on your skin when applying oils / products. Not only do you not want to risk unnecessary fine lines by tugging on your skin, but the way you apply your face oil is super important for absorbency. Warm up a few drops between your hands, then gently press or massage the oil into our skin in an upward motion.

Store oils in the wrong spot. Keep in mind that too much light or heat can cause your oils to deterriorate quickly and sunlight will accelerate the aging of oils and break down active ingredients. Storing oils in cold temperatures (like the fridge) can cause oils to thicken. Room temperature, inside drawers or cabinets are the ideal location. 

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