Just Add Water...
If you think that simply adding a facial oil to bare skin is the best way to apply, you’re not alone. While this may seem like the obvious route, there’s actually a more beneficial way to apply your facial oil, and that’s by including our trusty pal, H2O! But wait, don’t oil and water separate naturally? The truth is that if you mix your facial oil with steam (post-shower is best), an organic toner, or an organic moisturizer, your facial oil has better chances of being absorbed by your dermis, instead of just sitting on the surface.
First, let’s discuss how facial oils help skin. Our skin produces natural oils that help keep our skin youthful, supple, and healthy. As we age, the production of these oils tends to decrease, leaving us more susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, and skin with less ‘bounce back’. To restore your skin’s lipid barrier, it’s important to supplement skin with a facial oil that works for you. Our Restorative Facial Oil is packed with a mega mixture of jojoba, rosehip, pomegranate, blackcurrant, acai, green tea, and black cumin oils, so that’s what we’re using to instill anti-aging vitamins and moisture into skin.
Before you begin, decide what H2O delivery method you’ll be using. If you lean towards dry skin, use Seaberry Moisturizer to prime your face before your facial oil application. For normal skin types, prime cleansed skin with Flower Water Toner to instill water into skin. Lastly for oily skin types, you can opt for either toner or shower steam method for priming your skin with water.
How to Apply a Facial Oil
While the general advice is to add water to your face in order to improve facial oil absorbency, there are few ways for you to go about doing so. You can use your lineup of organic skin care from Puristry to aid in this endeavor, or simply set up your own steam room at home. Check out our preferred methods below!
If you’re applying with steam:
You can easily give yourself a steam facial at home with the right environment; all it takes is a hot shower, a bathroom, closed doors and windows. You can also use a large bowl filled with boiling water and a towel: just drape the towel over your head as you lean over the steaming bowl of water and allow condensed water vapor to accumulate on the surface of your skin. We prefer the shower method, since you can cleanse your face in the shower then step out to a perfectly steamy environment. Once you’ve got your skin cleansed and covered in steamy dewdrops, apply your facial oil by massaging gently into skin. After exiting your makeshift steam room, give your skin 10-15 minutes to fully absorb the water and facial oil.
@ptowngirls loves the combo of toner + facial oil!
If you’re applying with a toner:
We love this method because we’re game for anything that adds vitamin packed hydration to our skin. This toner soothes and nourishes skin while delivering hefty doses of pH balancing flower hydrosols from calendula and rose, illustrating a key benefit that makes facial toners a must. After using an extra hydrating face wash like our Nopal Cactus Cleanser, apply your toner to a cotton swab and apply to skin using a gentle sweeping motion. After 1 minute, while toner is still slightly damp on the skin, gently massage facial oil onto face.
If you’re applying with a moisturizer:
The organic aloe water in this moisturizer will provide soothing skin hydration while helping your lipid barrier absorb the facial oil. After skin has been cleansed, add a squirt or two of facial oil to your palm. Apply in a gentle, upwards massaging motion; if you’d like more specific results based on tension points or especially puffy areas, you can also administer a facial massage technique. Once your facial oil has been applied, dispense a dollop of moisturizer into your palm. Rub between your hands and then apply to face by gently pressing into skin with fingers and palms. This allows both your facial oil and your moisturizer to meld together, without spreading one or the other away from the skin.
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