Are You Applying Facial Oils the Right Way?

When to apply facial oil

Facial oils will make your skin glow. They will instantly give you sought after skin dew. They will nourish, soothe, soften, moisturise, protect, replenish… the list goes on. Using facial oils the right way brings all of these skin benefits. Using a facial oil the wrong way may only get you a few.

How to use a facial oil

Facial oils can be intimidating. As ultra-rich, water-free treatments, a little goes a long way. Question is, when do you use those 1 to 2 drops? Is it before moisturiser? After cleanser? In replacement of serum?

The answer to all these questions is easy once you understand this simple nugget of skin science.

Skincare products should be applied in order of thickness.

Which means serums come before facial oils.

Lotions come before moisturisers.

…and the answer to your question, when to apply facial oil? After all 3, serums, lotions and moisturisers.

Facials oils are the thickest of all skincare products with just one exception – face balm. Meaning you will mostly be applying a facial oil, like our Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil as the last step in your skincare routine.

Pro-tip: If you’re new to using facial oils or find they take a while to sink in, apply another thin layer of moisturiser over top of your facial oil to help the oil based actives absorb fully.

When to apply facial oil

Another way to think of it is like this… moisturisers give a lot of water and a little bit of oil. Facial oils give a concentrated dose of oil. The bottom layers of your skin are both water and oil based. The top layers of your skin are almost completely oil based. Meaning serums needs to go deeper to benefit your skin, whereas facial oils are also very active even when absorbing into your skin’s first few layers.

Applying facial oils as the last step of your skincare routine allows serums to work just as effectively as your facial oils. Maximum benefits for skin.

Face oil vs. cream

Now you know when to apply facial oil, you might be wondering if you need both face oil and cream. Can you skip one? If a face cream has both water and oil and a face oil is just oil, can you use just a serum and oil?

This is the magic. Yes you can.

Face creams are a mixture of everything. Made from some water based actives, a few skin conditioners and a pinch more of nutritive oils. They’re a great cover-a-little-of-every-base approach. However if you want specialist solutions, you’ll likely find maximum skin benefits from using a separate serum and facial oil specifically catering for your skin’s unique needs.

Face oil before or after sunscreen?

Here comes the last caveat in the answer to your question when to apply facial oil. Sunscreen should always be applied after your facial oil. The purpose of sunscreen is to protect your skin against damaging UV light. It can only shield effectively when it’s in the very top layers of your skin. If you apply a facial oil on top of sunscreen, it will either not be absorbed or… it will sink sunscreen into deeper layers of your skin. Bottom line: Use face oil before sunscreen.

Do you have more questions about when to apply facial oils? Ask us them in the comments below…

Comments (8)
  1. Angela Lees says:

    Looking forward to trying it

  2. Daniella says:

    What about if you have a moisturiser with build in sunscreen, when should your oil be applied before that?

    1. Oilixia Skincare says:

      If you have an SPF, then this should go on top of all other skincare. I hope that helps! x

      1. Rene says:

        I’m a bit confused (Ive been wondering the same thing and different things I have read say many things), but I also use a moisturizer with SPF in.
        For day time, I apply vitamin c serum, then moisturizer with sunblock and lastly, pat on a light layer of face oil. Please explain if that’s wrong and why. If I put the oil first, wouldn’t the moisturizer not penetrate? Is the sunblock in the moisturizer being affected?

  3. Rene says:

    I have been wondering the same. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but the the order I have been doing is : vitamin c serum, moisturizer with 30 SPF sunblock and then a few drops of face oil on top. Am I doing that wrong or if I change it will my face oil penetrate SFP moisturizer?

    1. Oilixia Skincare says:

      Hi Rene,
      It’s a good question and it can be very confusing. If it’s a moisturiser with in-built SPF, then applying a few drops of facial oil on top, followed by regular daytime makeup is ok.
      xxx

  4. Annette foster says:

    Hi. I like to use two oils in morning under SPF cream ,one oil is light retinol based which I apply first ,then I put on light rose oil ,then SPF is this alright to keep doing
    Thank you very much would love helpful reply
    Annette

    1. Oilixia Skincare says:

      Hi Annette!

      If it’s a plain/regular SPF cream, then applying it on top of your facial oils like you are already doing is ok. If it is an SPF that is built in to a moisturiser, then applying the moisturiser under the facial oils would be better so that your skin benefits from the properties of the moisturiser as well as the SPF.

      I hope that helps?

      x

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