Remember when everything at the drugstore was labeled “oil-free”? Most of us would have never even considered skincare that wasn’t oil-free, let alone willingly rub pure oil on our skin. Well, times have changed friends! Now we know that as we age, our bodies produce less and less of the oil that made our skin so amazing in our 20s – so, enter the ultimate skin elixir – face oils.
Some quick facts:
If you have oily skin, using a face oil will not make you more oily! In fact, some oils actually counter-balance oily skin.
Using a face oil will not cause breakouts! Face oils don’t block your pores (blocked pores = breakouts), they actually encourage and enhance hydration, helping keep pores clear.
Oils can be used to treat any type of skin issue, from hyper-pigmentation to acne. They have a slick texture, are more effective than moisturizers, and get below the surface layer of skin, penetrating deep down where it matters.
The biggest benefit of face oils is intense hydration. Face oils absorb quickly into the skin (faster than a moisturizer or serum) because oils are made of thinner ingredients. The smaller molecules go deeper than the molecules in your moisturizer or serums will.
Speaking of moisturizer, do you need to use one if you use an oil? Well, that depends on your skin type. A good indication of how hydrated your skin is (which will direct you to which oil you should use) is to see how long an oil sits on the skin, and how much time it takes to absorb. If it slowly melts in, you’ve got a good hydration barrier. If it’s gone and sucked into the skin immediately, add a moisturizer to your routine as well as the face oil.
There are two kinds of oils: essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils are derived from leaves and plants, are anti-inflammatory, exhibit soothing properties, and are used for treatment (like putting tea tree oil on a breakout). Carrier oils are derived from seeds, have a fatty goodness about them, act as a sealant, and are used for moisture. You can find a face oil that is a combination of both types in order to treat various skin issues.
Just like with any new skin treatment you start, give it some time! You will start to see results and be a face oil convert just like us.
The most-asked question we get about face oils is when to use them in your skincare routine. An easy way to remember the order is to think about your skin as a sponge and face oil as saran wrap. If you use face oil before moisturizer it’s like putting saran wrap on a dry sponge. If you then try to put the sponge in water, it won’t pick up any water. So, put the moisturizer on first (wet the sponge), then follow with oil (lock that moisture in!) by pressing it into the skin.
Now that you have the face oil low-down, you’re ready to get started! Keep in mind that you only need a couple drops per application when using these oils – which can help offset the price tags. A little will last you a long time!
Some of our team’s current favorite face oils are below – let us know what your favorites are!