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What Is a Facial Oil & How to Use One

What Is a Facial Oil & How to Use One

When it comes to your skincare routine, using a facial oil is invaluable. Different oils bring different benefits to your skin thanks to their unique blends of fatty acids, antioxidants, and other qualities that set each oil apart from the rest.

What are the Benefits of Facial Oils?

Skincare oils benefit the skin in more than one way. As part of your skincare routine, a facial oil can:

  • Improve skin’s moisture content1
  • Strengthen your skin’s acid mantle
  • Rebalance skin’s sebum content
  • Protect skin from free radicals
  • Soothe irritation
  • Prevent dryness

However, that’s not to say that all facial oils have all of these benefits. For example, Rosehip Oil  is one of the best skincare oils for protecting skin from wrinkle-causing free radicals2. And that’s thanks to its higher antioxidant levels compared to other oils. Fun fact: these same antioxidants are also responsible for Rosehip Oil’s iconic golden-orange shade!

Lightweight Squalane is your best bet when it comes to soothing irritation and preventing dryness. This colorless, odorless oil has a light texture but is perfect for locking in essential hydration3, ensuring that your skin stays happy and moisturized.

How Do I Use Facial Oil?

Choosing the right facial oil for your skin is second only to using a facial oil correctly. Yes, there is a right and a wrong way to use them! One frequent skincare error you might make is using your oil before moisturizer.

You must always use a skincare oil after your moisturizer - here’s why.

Moisturizers have a blend of water-based and oil-based ingredients. If you think back to high school chemistry, water and oil don’t mix. If you apply a layer of facial oil to your skin, then apply moisturizer, the water-based ingredients in your moisturizer won’t work as well.

This applies to hyaluronic acid, peptides, glycerin, and more - essentially, it stops all our favorite things in our moisturizers from being effective on your skin.

The solution?

There are a few different ways to get the benefits of facial oil in your skincare routine. You can use your facial oil as a moisturizer after your serum. Or, if you’re using a moisturizer that has active ingredients such as retinol or peptides in it, it’s always a good idea to use your facial oil after applying moisturizer.

Another excellent skin care tip is to mix your facial oil with your moisturizer in the palms of your hands before applying it to your skin. This tip saves time and makes sure that you’re using your skincare the right way for the best results.