I love using facial oils and I’ve personally found that they’re very good for me. In fact, in recent times, I’ve been focusing a lot on facial oils and have been neglecting using serums. But happily, the oils seem to be working well enough that I don’t feel the need to use a serum unless it’s a hydrating serum. Yes, I’m afraid even the use of my old standby of the EL ANR serum has fallen on the wayside. It isn’t to say that I’ll never use it again. I will, but in recent times because I’m paring back on my skincare routine for a while, facial oils fill that gap that a serum would otherwise fill, and in many ways, fills it better.
It is also rather heartening that since my renewed interest in facial oils, many brands now carry good quality oils and I’m seeing a bit of renaissance in the beauty industry with many new facial oils being launched and made available under many brands, including the mainstream brands. I think it’s great! Choice is always good 😀
However, I also know that a lot of people struggle to use facial oils and to get over the notion of putting oil on their skin so after months of experimenting, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 very simple ways to get the most benefit out of using face oils. I call it the 3 M’s of using facial oils 😀
Why use a facial oil?
If you have normal-dry skin, then I think you would benefit most from using facial oils. Having such skin type myself, I find that adding a facial oil into my skincare routine actually helps my skin stay more hydrated and look better. Contrary to popular belief, facial oils do not make your skin more oily nor do they clog your pores. Some oils can even help control oil and I know of people who have oily-combination skin who have benefited from using facial oils to rebalance their skin.
For the most part, facial oils are usually plant based and so for those who are concerned about using skincare with chemicals, then facial oils might be something to look into. They are famously known to protect skin against free radicals, have antioxidant properties, help skin heal and regenerate more quickly and in general, give you more supple, healthy and glowing skin. Now who doesn’t want that eh? 🙂
For myself, I find that I prefer using a blended oil i.e. one that isn’t just one oil e.g. just rosehip oil or just argan oil etc. I find that a blended oil works better for my skin and makes it look better. Some people however, prefer working with singular oils so ultimately it’s about what you prefer. Because facial oils are plant derived and because I know that this isn’t as easy a process as mixing chemicals in a lab, you can expect price points for good quality oils to be higher. As with everything, there are always cheaper and more affordable options but in this case, I do think you get what you pay for, and because you use so little, I think it’s worth it.
So that in a nutshell is why I use a facial oil and why I think they are good to use. Now, onto the 3M’s which help you ease more easily into using a facial oil 🙂
MIST – Apply oil on damp skin
Like regular creams and serums, oils will absorb more easily into damp skin than dry skin. So, I’m not an advocate of applying oil on dry skin because I find that it tends to sit on the skin without absorbing very well and that can feel uncomfortable and in some cases cause breakouts.
You could buy a product that is premixed oil and water like this one from Melvita which is very handy to have or to start your facial oil experience, or you could just do it the easy way with products you may already own.
- Mist your face with toner or rosewater until it is damp
- Take a few drops of oil in your palm, spread it out and apply to damp skin
You will find that the oil will absorb more quickly into your skin and it doesn’t leave that oily feeling that you might be leery of. It also speeds up your skincare routine time 🙂
The beauty about facial oils is that they force you to slow down and enjoy the skincare application process. Ok, I’ll agree that not everyone of us has the time to layer on and apply skincare but if you do or can find the time, it can be therapeutic especially in the evenings. This is why I prefer to use oils in the evenings (and also because it can mess with my makeup in the day).
To help your facial oil absorb better into your skin, don’t just smear it over your skin as you would a serum or face cream and move on. If you take a little time, just a minute or two, to massage the oil into your skin with your finger tips, you will find that it helps the product absorb more readily into your skin and the oily feeling will disappear and your skin will just feel lovely and supple.
If you are concerned or afraid of going to bed with an oily face, then you might be missing out on this step. You don’t have to have a special massage technique (I don’t) although I’m sure it’s more beneficial if you do, but just massaging it makes a difference to the oil absorption, your skin, and your state of mind. It forces you to calm down and slow down. I love it!
I also found that when I employ the Mist and Massage technique, oils that used to break me out (e.g. Pai) don’t anymore. I think it’s to do with how much better they are absorbing into my skin.
MIX AND MOISTURISE
This is more for those of you who might be interested in trying a facial oil but are not ready to put the oil directly on your skin. Or if you have a moisturiser that you particularly enjoy using but because your skin has changed and it isn’t now moisturising enough for you then try this.
I find that mixing a drop or two of a facial oil into my moisturiser or face cream helps make the product more acceptable for drier skin. If you have a thick cream, it helps thin it down and if it’s too light, it helps make it feel better. For those who don’t like the feeling of oil on their skin, adding the oil into your face cream means that you don’t have to do double work by first applying the oil and then the moisturiser as it then becomes an “all in one” product. You get the benefit of the oil without the work.
In the alternative, you could even mix it with your serums. Antipodes encourages this, in fact with their 3 Perfect Potions formula that basically mix their face oil with 2 serums. The ratio of serum to oil is 2:1 and that makes it less oily and helps it absorb more easily.
Do you use facial oils? Do you have a tip to share on how best to use it even if it doesn’t start with M?
I’m no expert here, so this is purely from my own experimenting and messing about with various ways to make it easier to use the facial oils I have and to make it as comfortable as possible. I do think face oils are a beneficial addition to the skincare routine and I personally see benefits from using it. It isn’t to say of course that it’s for everyone 🙂