I could wax lyrical about the benefit of a good face oil endlessly. It’s definitely the contributing factor to my skin being happy these days, and I use one virtually every day. I also know that not everyone is as convinced as I am about face oils, so I’ve put together a Complete Guide To Face Oils. There’s definitely better formulas for different skin types, so hopefully I’ve demystified face oils slightly. They’re not to be feared, I promise.
Face oils help to nourish skin, keep it moisturised and soothe any irritation
Why Use A Facial Oil?
There are so many reasons to use a facial oil, with the main being that they help to nourish skin, keep it moisturised and soothe any irritation. Used in the morning, they can help to protect skin against pollution, too. They protect the skin, and can help to balance the complexion as well. Giving the skin a glow is my favourite reason though, because nothing makes skin look more radiant than after massaging in a few drops. For self-care, using a facial oil is the easiest way to give yourself a little facial as well, & the results are so quickly visible that I’m far more likely to be consistent.
How To Use A Face Oil
As a morning hydrator, used alone or on-top of moisturiser
Mixed in with foundation for dry skin/added glow
Used to give skin a massage
As a night-time treatment, used alone or on-top of moisturiser
Where Do I Get A Face Oil?
There are sooooo many face oils on the market. I mean, it seems like most brands have one. If your favourite brand has an oil, I’d start there. If not, I’d focus in on the ingredients you want (more below) and then your budget. Lots of oils can be really expensive because the organic ingredients can be scarcer to source, but there’s an oil for every price point. The Ordinary has some great budget options, which are all one singular oil and then my favourites are from Pai, Skin & Tonic, Caudalie and Ra. If you want natural, head to Content beauty, Naturisimo or Whole Foods. If you want something premium, head to Space NK or Cult Beauty and then Beauty Bay has a good range of cheaper options.
Face Oils For Dry Skin
I mean if you have dry skin and you’re not already using a face oil, what are you doing? They’re the best! Dry skin is basically skin lacking in natural oils, so it makes sense to nourish the skin with something oily. When I’m working from home, I apply 3-4 drops of an oil in the morning and it leaves my skin feeling happy all day. Or use an oil at night massaged in with my jade roller. A drop mixed in with foundation is also an excellent way to make a product apply far more smoothly. I think oils are so good because whereas a moisturiser sits on top of the skin acting as a sort of seal, an oil takes longer to sink in but ultimately nourishes the skin at a deeper level.
Ingredients to look for: argan, avocado & sweet almond
Face Oils For Sensitive Skin
A face oil, by nature, is fairly soothing and calming on the skin. They help stop water evaporating from the skin so it reduces irritation. BUT check the ingredients as some contain essential oils which are potentially irritating on the skin. Do look for jojoba oil as it’s really anti-inflammatory so good for calming down redness. For soothing sensitive skin post-sun, post-cold weather, post-illness… a face oil massaged in really helps to calm everything down.
Ingredients to look for: jojoba, evening primrose & sea buckthorn
Face Oils For Oily & Combination Skin
I know, the concept of oil on oily skin just doesn’t seem right. BUT it actually helps to balance skin out, I promise. Not to say you need to grease yourself up in coconut oil, but a few drops of the right formula can actually help skin to be a lot more even. When you use harsh and astringent products that leave the skin stripped, it can make your skin product more oil to compensate. Nasty cycle. Light textures that are more readily absorbed, like squalane, leave skin glowing but not greasy. Using something like Pai’s Rosehip Oil at night helps to rejuvenate skin, won’t disrupt makeup wear and it helps to fade scars thanks to Vitamins A & C.
Ingredients to look for: squalane, marula & rosehip
Face Oil Troubleshooting
How to use an oil and moisturiser? It’s best to apply a few drops of face oil after moisturiser, as it seals everything into skin
Use less than you think – a few drops go a long way
If you’re just using an oil, apply to still damp skin
Don’t put oils on in a rush as they take a little while to absorb into the skin