Are you a seasoned facial oil user? Or are you new to using facial oils? Whichever group you belong to, do you want to know the best way to use facial oil? If your answer is yes, read on.
I love facial oil and have been using them for many years in different ways. Because of this experience, I’m able to share with you the best way to use them.
First off, let’s start by addressing this question: how do you know if you’re even using your facial oil correctly?
Here are some hints: If your face feels tight and dry after applying your facial oil, you are not using it correctly. If your face oozes oil an hour or so after you’ve applied your face oil, you are also not applying your oil correctly.
Friend, your face is oozing oil not because you’ve used oil on your face. Your face is oozing oil because it has gone into an overdrive mode secreting oil to compensate the dryness.
If this is your experience with facial oil, you are probably skeptical about claims that using facial oil results in radiant and rejuvenated skin. Perhaps you’re thinking that facial oil isn’t suitable for you or are wondering if facial oils are only suitable for specific skin types.
The answer to all that is no. Anyone can use facial oil. Yes, even those with oily skin because the main benefit of facial oils is moisturizing–something needed by all skin types.
So how can you reap optimal benefits from using facial oil? The key is to use it the right way.
The thing with facial oils is: few come with clear instructions on how to use them effectively. Some even suggest that you just apply them after cleansing your face and applying your toner.
But what most of the instructions don’t tell you is that you should keep your face moist before applying your facial oil. That’s the correct way to apply face oil. The reason? Oil locks moisture, and prevents moisture from evaporating. This is why moisturizers are formulated with water and oil.
I was fortunate that the first facial oil I bought came with proper instructions, telling me specifically to apply on damp skin. Since then I’ve always used face oil with water, a hydrating mist, a serum, or even a moisturizer.
If you have been applying oil on your face without any of these I’ve mentioned, you’ll find your skin feeling dry. In fact, you will find it so hard to apply the oil in the first place.
Okay, before I tell you the best way to use facial oil, let me show you the different ways to incorporate facial oil in your skin care routine. These are techniques I’ve already shared but probably long forgotten.
Apply on moist skin
Always apply your facial oil when your skin is slightly damp, either with water or with a facial mist. Note that your skin should not be wet such that the skin cannot hold the oil.
You can mist your face with a spray and then pat your oil on top. But what I like to do is to drop about three drops of facial oil onto my palm, squirt facial mist over the oil, rub the oil and mist with both palms, and pat on my face and smooth over my neck.
Either way, you’ll get a lot more mileage preventing dehydration on your skin. Your facial oil will also last longer.
Apply a water-based lotion or serum before your facial oil
Because water cannot penetrate oil, hence, in the order of product application, you should apply any water-based lotion or serum under your facial oil. This method allows the oil to seal the water-based serum over your skin.
Ideally, your lotion should be one that contains hydrating properties. When you use your facial oil over such a lotion, your skin will stay hydrated much longer.
Apply your facial oil after your moisturizer
You can also use 4-5 drops of oil applied over your moisturizer. This provides a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out from the skin–the same principle with using oil over a hydrating lotion.
Also, when used this way, your moisturizer containing active ingredients will be able to penetrate your skin more effectively.
I know some of you are probably wondering why you want to use oil over a moisturizer. Isn’t that overdosing. Isn’t using oil over water or lotion sufficient?
Well, this application is not to be used daily or to be used by all. It’s a bit like a treatment pack to be used sometimes in the night or more regularly by those with drier skin.
Mix your oil with your products (except sunscreen)
This method of using facial oil is often promoted by skin care gurus and even some formulators of facial oils. The rationale isn’t strange–adding 2 to 3 drops of oil into your serum and moisturizer (not sunscreen though because you’ll disturb the product stability). But for some reason, it’s not something I am comfortable with.
So amongst all these oil application method, there is one that I’ve found to work best with facial oils. Can you guess which one?
Okay, it’s not one method but a combination of two. I’ve found that my skin stays hydrated for much longer when I apply oil over a hydrating serum or lotion.
At the moment, I use Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum as the hydrating lotion. I apply it over my toner after cleansing. I then place a few drops of facial oil on my palm, spritz some facial mist over and then rub the combination with both palms before patting the combination on my face.
If you think about this, this combination makes the best moisturizer too. You are getting the best hydrating properties from the hydrating lotion and mist. At the same time, you’re sealing in the moisture with the facial oil.
So this begs the next question: why not just use a moisturizer?
I’ve answered this before and I’ll answer this again. Applying facial oil direct on the skin yields the most benefits to your skin. You’re getting all the goodness onto your skin without the additives that come with a moisturizer. Even though I use a hydrating lotion, it is fluid and not creamy. So our skin can reap the most benefit from the oil.
I suppose someone is gonna disagree with my method being the best. Well, all I can say is that you don’t have to believe me but I do urge you to give it a try. I mean, no harm trying right? Instead of Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum I use, you can opt for another hydrating serum as long as it is of a thin, lotion like consistency. A thick and hydrating toner like Whamisa’s works too.
So would you give this tip a try? Or are you already applying facial oil using this method? If not, how do you apply your facial oil?