In recent years, skin care enthusiasts have become more accepting of facial oils. Once considered taboo for the belief that they could clog pores, their name has officially been redeemed.
Experts have debunked these myths, revealing that a wide variety of plant-based, non-comedogenic oils can actually pose a great deal of benefits for your skin.
If you’re still unfamiliar with how to use facial oil, no worries – we’ll help you catch up! If you’d like to learn how to enhance your facial oil even further, read on for ways to boost this powerhouse staple.
Incorporate Waters and Hydrosols
We’ve all probably heard the phrase “oil and water don’t mix”. However when it comes to taking care of our skin, this duo is a match made in heaven.
Water and oil are both essential and hydrating to the skin, but they work in different ways. Apart from the rest of the body, water serves multiple functions for the skin including tightening pores, maintaining pH balance, lowering risk of acne, and keeping the skin plump.
Meanwhile, non-comedogenic oils benefit the skin by creating lubrication while repairing damages to the skin barrier. Additionally, many oils – such as rosehip oil and camellia seed oil – are packed with antioxidants which help fight free radicals, creating an anti-aging effect.
One of the biggest differences between oil and water regarding the skin, however, is that the body cannot restore its own water levels. This is why we must all make sure that we’re getting plenty of internal and topical hydration throughout the day!
While drinking water should be the foremost way to get water in your body, quenching your skin matters, too. One of the simplest ways to do so is to use a little bit of water with your facial oil.
When it comes to knowing how to use facial oil with water, one of the simplest ways is to dampen your face beforehand. Alternatively, using water-based products can offer even more benefits. Rose water, for instance, nourishes sensitive skin by reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria, while adding a quenching kick to your facial oil. Water-based moisturizers and facial mists are an especially popular way to improve facial oil absorption into the skin.
Pat and Press Instead of Rubbing
Knowing how to use facial oil in a way that’s both effective and gentle is crucial, and there is a wrong and right way to do so.
When applying any kind of product to your skin, you should never tug or rub your skin in the process. While this sensation may often feel like a de-stressing facial massage, it may not benefit your skin in the long run. This is because rubbing the skin can create a lot of irritating friction, which could lead to irritation while quickening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The skin of the face (especially around the eyes) is delicate and susceptible to microtears. So instead of rubbing oil into the skin, try patting and pressing while moving downwards and outwards. This application method promotes the absorption of facial oils while preventing any dragging or tugging.
Use Oils that Suit Your Skin Type
One of the beautiful things about natural oils is that they each possess their own unique benefits and characteristics. Of course, this means that individuals will benefit more from some oils than others based on their skin type.
For instance, those with mature or aging skin may want something with antioxidants, which can help fight signs of aging. Rosehip oil, for instance, is packed with vitamin C and can help fade stretch marks.
Meanwhile, those who experience frequent dry skin may especially benefit from deeply nourishing coconut oil. That being said, coconut oil might not be as suitable for those with oily skin, as it is considered as a bit higher risk on the comedogenic scale.
People with oily, acne-prone skin may find more appropriate results from jojoba oil or camellia seed oil.
Apply Undiluted Facial Oils
We’ve addressed the fact that adding a little water can help with the absorption of your facial oil, but for high-quality blends, adding water might dilute it. As we may all know by now, dilution can reduce the beneficial ingredients that reach your skin.
For instance, our Restorative Facial Oil is more than just a couple of carrier oils blended together. It’s a meticulous balance of organic, cold-pressed seed oils and essential oils, which deliver a concentrated formula that’s suitable for all skin types.
The application of our facial oil can be applied without adding water, but we always encourage that your skin is at least cleansed and toned before any oils touch it.
Begin by pumping a quarter-size amount of facial oil onto a clean cotton pad or hands (remember: a little goes a long way) and gently pat into the skin along your face and neck. When applying to dry skin, keep in mind that it will take a little longer for the oil to fully absorb, so allow it a few minutes to do so.
Follow up with a plant-based, all natural moisturizer or face cream. Our Seaberry Moisturizer is formulated with sea buckthorn, shea butter, and honeysuckle oil, and is the perfect follow-up for your facial oil blend.