How to make the most of face oils

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Picture this: your skincare routine has been missing something, that extra boost of radiance, that touch of nourishment your skin craves. The answer might just be found in the pure, natural elixirs that Mother Nature herself has bestowed upon us - face oils! Yes, we're here to introduce you to the wonderful world of natural face oils and show you how they can revolutionize your skincare routine, even if you've shied away from greasy products in the past.

Now, before you raise an eyebrow, let's clear up a common misconception.

Not all face oils are greasy and heavy.

In fact, there's a whole spectrum of oils out there that are lightweight, fast-absorbing, and leave your skin feeling soft, nourished and glowing. These precious botanical blends are packed with natural goodness, delivering a multitude of benefits for your skin that you won't want to miss.

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 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.

Face oils can be derived from a variety of plants and botanical sources, such as Sweet Almond, Coconut, Jojoba, Rosehip, Argan, Marula, cacay and many more. Each oil has its own unique composition and properties, making them suitable for different skin types and addressing various skin concerns.

What makes natural face oils so special?

It's simple: they are powerhouses of botanicals that work in harmony with your skin's natural processes. Unlike synthetic ingredients found in many skincare products, natural oils offer a pure, unadulterated form of nourishment that can address a wide range of skin concerns, from dryness and dullness to redness and fine lines.

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!).

Find out all about botanical facial oils: how to use, what to expect plus useful tips to make the most of them.


1| Choose the Right Oil for Your Skin

Consider your skin type and specific concerns when selecting a face oil. Different oils have different properties, so opt for one that suits your needs. For example, Rosehip oil is great for dry skin, Coconut oil will make your oily and acne-prone skin worse. And avoid oils from expressed kernels if you are allergic to nuts.


2| 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 or MAMÃO, Multi Fruits Powder-to-Foam Cleanser

3| Do not apply oils on dry, uncleansed skin

Make sure your skin is well cleansed and hydrated before you apply facial oils. Ideally, the skin should be a bit damp for better absorption. Apply an essence, a toner, a hydrosol, or a water-rich serum before your favorite oil.This creates a clean canvas for the oil to work its magic.

Try our 2 water-based serums ÏIS and NAÃ

4| 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.

Try our serums and moisturiser ÏISHAE or NAàor spritz LĪLĀ, Frangipani and Coconut Refreshing Mist

5| Less is more

Start with a Few Drops: A little goes a long way with face oils. Begin by dispensing a few drops onto your fingertips and gently press the oil onto your face and neck. 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. 


6| Massage your oils always upward & don't forget your neck

Take a moment to massage the oil into your skin using upward and outward motions. This helps improve circulation, aids in absorption, and promotes relaxation. After massaging, gently pat the oil into your skin to ensure it fully absorbs. And don't forget that the skin on the neck area needs nutrition and protection exactly like the face. 


Native Essentials Skincare Face Massage with Oils

7| Day / Night Use

Face oils can be used both in the morning and evening, depending on your preference. During the day, you may opt for a lighter oil or use a small amount under your makeup to add a natural glow. At night, you can be more generous with the amount and allow the oil to deeply hydrate and repair your skin while you sleep. 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. During winter, protect your skin with richer oils even during the day.

8| Listen to Your Skin

Everyone's skin is unique, so pay attention to how your skin responds to the oil. It's always a good idea to do a patch test before applying a new product to your entire face. If you notice any irritation or discomfort, discontinue use and try a different oil.  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 acne per se but a temporary 'purging', a short term minor detox breakout that is actually good for you. In this case, don't give up! Your skin will  Read more on skin purging here


9| Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key: To see the best results, incorporate face oils into your skincare routine consistently. Regular use allows your skin to adapt and benefit from the nourishing properties of the oil over time.


10| 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. 


11| Which active ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin? 

If your skin is particularly sensitive, we suggest avoiding any face oil that contains essentials oils, naturally occurring vitamin C as they can irritate delicate skin that is prone to inflammation.


12| 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. 


12| 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.


Remember, face oils can be a versatile addition to your skincare routine, offering a natural and effective way to hydrate and nourish your skin. Experiment with different oils, find what works best for you, and enjoy the transformative power of nature's goodness on your skin.





Native Essentials Skincare Face Oils Collection  

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