October 14, 2021
There was a time not so long ago that we would rather go without skincare than put oil on our faces. But that time is well and truly over, with oil having its moment in the sun (and on our bodies). However, before you go dumping just any old oil on your face, here’s a few rules to follow.
Choose the right face oil for you
This is all about your skin type, and knowing the oil that will enhance and help your skin to get that glow.
Dry skin: This is where face oils really do their best work. Look for ingredients that will nourish the skin like argan oil, almond, flaxseed, marula or squalane which will all do great work on the moisture front. Also, don’t be afraid to use both a moisturiser (to hydrate the skin) and then an oil over the top to lock that hydration in.
Normal skin: Oh hey, lucky you! You can use pretty much any face oil on your skin, so choose one that’s a good all-rounder and isn’t too heavy like rosehip, marula or jojoba oil, or one with a blend of oils that can pack a bigger punch on the glow front.
Oily skin: Oil on oily skin - not an oxymoron! In fact, they can be quite calming to the skin barrier if you’re prone to getting overzealous on the product front. Plus, topical oils can actually help reduce the skin’s oil production. If you’re blemish prone, ingredients like hemp seed oil and tea tree can be both antibacterial and calming as can jojoba seed oil which can help with barrier repair. Stay away from heavier oils, and things like coconut oil which is comedogenic.
How to use a face oil
Unlike other products in your routine, with face oil, starting small is essential. Begin with just a couple of drops - it’ll go a long way trust us. Remember, you can always add more if your skin needs it.
Dropper into your palms, rub together gently and press (don’t rub!) over your face, neck and decolletage. Some face oils with a lower molecular weight can be used before moisturiser, however we recommend usings as a final step in your skincare routine as oils are generally occlusive, meaning they seal moisture in by forming a barrier on the skin.
Face oils are also ideal for pre-Gua Sha so that your tool can glide effortlessly over the skin, or you can even tap it along your orbital bone and cheekbones post-makeup as a kind of dewy highlighter that will catch the light in all the right places.
Ready for your glow? Try one of our favourite oils.
Ingredients Face Oil Complex, $59, a soothing blend with five high-quality, skin-loving oils
Rohr Remedy Boab & Rosehip Face and Body Oil, $36, with vitamin E, this ultra-nourishing oil also works as a primer.