Adding a face oil to your skincare routine can be a real game-changer for your skin, no matter the skin type or condition (including oily skin believe it or not!).
Face oils have been used for centuries and truly hold the secret to achieving healthy, youthful, and glowing skin. Facial oils blended with fresh and supercharged botanicals are packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and they feed your skin while protecting it.
Find out all about botanical facial oils: how to use, what to expect plus useful tips to make the most of them.
What are face oils?
100% plant-based face oils are a blend of lipids obtained by cold pressing seeds and kernels of plants. They typically contain essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Plant oils can be enriched by adding essential oils, which are extracts obtained by the distillation of plants, resins, seeds, and wood.
Follow our suggestions on how to use face oils and your skin will soon be glowing and healthy, plus they will help you avoid pesky breakouts or congested skin.
Deep cleanse and exfoliate regularly
If you apply a face oil without first getting rid of dead skin cells and impurities, your pores will inevitably clog up and you will experience breakouts plus oils will not penetrate your skin efficiently.
Try our exfoliant mask SOLE
Do not apply oils on dry skin
Make sure your skin is well hydrated before you apply facial oils. Ideally, the skin should be a bit damp. Apply an essence, a toner, a hydrosol, or a water-rich serum before your favorite oil.
Layer face oils over a water-based product (and not the other way around)
Layering skincare correctly is essential to distribute active ingredients according to the way they penetrate the skin. Water molecules penetrate the derm, while oils lock in water and nourish the upper layer of the skin. So: essence or toner first, then serum or moisturiser and for last face oils.
Less is more
Don’t use too much oil: 2 to 5 drops is usually just right, depending on how dry is your skin and on the richness/thickness of the oil you are using.
Don't forget your neck
The skin on the neck area needs nutrition and protection exactly like the face.
If you live in a hot and humid country...
Face oils are best used at night only to avoid clogging the pores in the morning.
Skin purging or skin reaction?
If you try a rich product for the first time like a face balm or a rich oil and develop breakouts, what you have experienced is possibly not a breakout but a temporary 'purging', a short term minor detox breakout that is actually good for you. Read more on skin purging here
What to do if you have a skin reaction
If you’re intolerant to a specific ingredient, your skin will react typically within 20 minutes but it may even react within 1 to 2 minutes. Reactions can be redness, itchiness, or discomfort. If this happens, discontinue the use of that product and rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Which active ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin?
If your skin is particularly sensitive, we suggest avoiding any product that contains essentials oils, naturally occurring vitamin C as they can irritate delicate skin that is prone to inflammation. Instead, use water-based products( ÏIS, HAE, or NAÃ, are free from these ingredients).
Colour and aroma
Face oils made exclusively with natural and organic ingredients may have slight variations from season to season. This means the colour and aroma of aromatic face oils may vary slightly from one batch to the next.
How to store face oils
After use, close droppers tightly after each application, keep them away from direct sunlight, and store them in cool, dry places. Very hot or cold temperatures can affect their efficacy. Do not refrigerate your face oils, as they may crystallise. Do not use oils that are past the best before date. Take care of your products, and they will take care of your skin.