I often get asked what is the best way to use a face oil. It is something I love talking about, as you can imagine! In a nutshell, there is no best way to use a face oil, just your way which you are most comfortable with including in your routine. Face oils are versatile and there is no right or wrong way to use them, except if you pour half a bottle over yourself :).
HOW MUCH FACE OIL TO USE
Face oils tend to be, well, oily. Using too much is not an an enjoyable experience because no one wants to feel like an oil slick, nor do they want oil to end up in their hair or on their pillow or on their partner or kids!
Two to three drops is usually enough of any face oil if it is 100% pure oil, i.e. all the ingredients are oils, including essential oils. If you’re not sure how much to use, then try a couple of drops, massage it in thoroughly and if it feels like skin could drink up some more, then add another drop. Take the time to massage it in, and resist the temptation to rush the face massage because it is an integral part of making the most of the face oil.
APPLY IT ON DAMP SKIN
Applying oil on damp skin helps to trap in moisture, and the massaging action helps to push nutrients and the moisture further into skin. Dampen skin with a toner or a serum. I make my own toner with rose floral water and orange floral water, which I spritz on skin after cleansing. There are also some fab probiotic serums on the market, which combined with a face oil, will support the natural microbiome on skin (healthy bacteria). More on this another time.
ADD IT TO YOUR NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
If you’re feeling lost as to when to use your face oil, then start with using it at night, when skin is in rest and recovery mode, working to rejuvenate itself. Feed it with the best nutrients, including your serum, and be consistent.
I use our face oil every night, religiously. It is my time to unwind, refocus on myself at the end of the day, and take care of myself. The smell of jasmine from our blend of face oil helps me to relax too. I love the smell of jasmine, because it transports me to my Aunt’s garden where it grew wild and beautiful. I have written more on the benefits of Jasmine essential oil on skin and mood, if you’re interested.
MAKE A FACE MASSAGE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR ROUTINE
Doesn’t skin feel amazing after a facial? One of the reasons is because the therapist has spent an hour massaging skin. The massage works in two ways – it helps to push the products being used deeper into skin, and it helps to bring blood to the surface of skin, which brings oxygen and nutrients along with it, and as blood flows away, it takes toxins away with it.
FACE OIL CAN BE USED IN THE MORNING OR DURING THE DAY
There are times when skin needs a bit of a boost, whether it is because the seasons have changed, or you’ve been outdoors or in the sunshine, or are poorly and dehydrated, or just feeling like skin is dry and a little lacklustre. Popping a drop of face oil into your moisturiser or primer will help boost skin and give it an extra glow. You’ll need to be sparing because you don’t want to overdo it, as face oils are concentrated by nature. We also use it as a pre-treatment in the morning.
Weekends are a great time to let skin breathe during the day and at night, by using a face oil in the morning too, without moisturiser or make up. Treat it like a make-up / skincare detox. I do this when I know I am not going out, so skin won’t be exposed to sunshine or pollution without the protection of an SPF or layers of make-up.
HOW DO YOU USE YOURS?
So, you see, there really are lots of ways to use a face oil. What is your favourite method? Please comment below.