As the name suggests, a facial oil is a skincare product with an oil-based formula. It is applied topically to moisturize, nourish, and balance the skin barrier for maintained health and resiliency. Many believe that facial oils should be avoided on oily or acne-prone skin, but that’s completely false; facial oils can benefit every skin type. Oils, including your skin’s natural oil, known as sebum, are made up of lipids and fatty acids. Facial oils typically have a unique composition of these fatty acids. They often include oleic acid and linoleic acid in a particular ratio, giving each oil its individual properties. Since incorporating facial oils into your skincare regime can seem intimidating, let’s explore a few simple ways you can add facial oils into your morning and nightly routine.
1. Apply Facial Oil With Your Moisturizer and Night Cream
Moisturizers work to increase the water content of the skin, and oils are an excellent seal to help retain that moisture. Using a moisturizer rich in humectants such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid help attract water to the skin. Following that step with a facial oil is an excellent way to lock in water as well as nutrients. Well-hydrated skin is plump and dewy, and applying oils is a great step in achieving that glow.
Night creams are generally thicker in consistency than their daytime counterparts and tend to have a higher concentration of ingredients that boost cell turnover, hydration, and circulation. While moisturizers usually protect against the elements—pollution, dryness, cold, heat, and UV rays—night creams are better focused on the reconstruction process of the skin. Pairing a facial oil with your night cream can be beneficial for skin replenishment and restoration, because the facial oil can assist in sealing in active ingredients to work more effectively overnight.
Tip: When using facial oil combined with moisturizer, you can apply it to your skin twice daily. Before bed, try applying facial oil after your night cream to seal in all the goodness overnight.
2. Mix a Few Drops of Facial Oil Into Your Foundation
Aside from helping you achieve a dewy complexion, blending a facial oil into your foundation can help you customize your coverage. It can thin out full coverage, make a matte foundation look more luminous, and can make your application glide on more easily.
When using a facial oil with your foundation, you can apply a thin layer of the oil directly onto your skin as a foundation primer, or you can use your fingers or a foundation brush to combine a couple of oil drops with a dollop of foundation in your hand. For the primer method, you may not want to cover your entire face with oil before applying your foundation. Instead, try sticking to the high points of the face like the tops of the cheeks and not on the areas of the face that produce oil on their own, like the T-zone. This will keep your makeup looking more lit-from-within. If you are prone to oiliness and shine, you can use a small amount of powder to set your foundation in place.
Tip: If you’re using facial oil in the morning and you typically apply SPF, try using the facial oil first. The SPF should be applied as the last step before makeup.
3. Mix Facial Oil and Exfoliants
While the exfoliant of your choice works to get rid of dead skin cells, a facial oil can help keep moisture in your skin. For the face, it’s best to use smaller, gentle grains such as sugar or ground coffee. And if you’re looking to exfoliate your whole body, opt for a salt-based mixture. It’s important to use natural ingredients when mixing exfoliants with your facial oil to avoid microbeads, which are a huge environmental hazard.
A few natural exfoliants to consider include:
- Salt: Salt is great for eliminating rough, dry patches of dead skin that appear on your body. However, keep in mind that some people with sensitive skin or breaks in their skin may experience a burning sensation from a salt exfoliator, so it isn’t for everyone.
- Sugar: Sugar is the most popular of all the natural exfoliants, and it’s heavenly on the skin. If you have sensitive skin or you’re looking for an effective exfoliant that’s gentle enough for your face, you’ll want to use something finer than salt. In this case, brown sugar is the least abrasive and is wonderful for a gentle exfoliation.
- Oats: If your skin tends to lean to the sensitive side, you might want to check out the gentle effectiveness of organic oats as a physical exfoliant. You can use oats for a gentle body scrub or even as a facial scrub alternative.
- Ground Coffee: Coffee may be in the running as a favorite choice when exfoliating your body. It contains notable antioxidant properties and also promotes collagen formation, which is the building block of your skin. Additionally, ground coffee is known to treat cellulite as an exfoliant.
Tip: Ideally, you can exfoliate with facial oil up to three times a week. Start one time a week and gradually build up to every other day or more. Everyone’s skin is different and also changes with seasons, so you may only need to exfoliate once a week.
4. Apply Facial Oils Neat
Besides mixing facial oils with other products, you can also apply them to your skin neat. Facial oils can be viewed as a bodyguard for your skin, or like a topcoat that works to seal all the products that are underneath deep into the skin. It’s important to note that all skin types — including combination and oily ones — can benefit from facial oils, especially if you live in a climate with little to no humidity.
Furthermore, facial oils can help prevent damage from environmental stressors that your skin faces from the outside world. Oils are a great last step in your evening routine to keep your skin soft and supple, and if you’re thinking about doing any kind of facial massage or gua sha, try incorporating a facial oil for added slip and circulation benefits.
Tip: Try warming a few oil drops between your palms then pressing onto your face, neck, and chest for optimal results.
Humanist Beauty Herban Wisdom™ Facial Oil
These days, a lot of us are feeling more stress and sensitivity. And of course, the emotions we feel have a way of showing up on our skin. That’s why Humanist Beauty hand-crafted Herban Wisdom™ Facial Oil to feel like a soothing sanctuary for weary, worried, vulnerable skin. Just a few drops incorporated into your own self-caring ritual helps visibly recharge skin to appear calm and balanced, radiating with a gorgeous natural glow.
The Herban Wisdom™ Facial Oil can be applied to help visibly repair, deeply nourish and diminish signs of stress on your skin twice daily. As part of your holistic wellness regimen, it can also be used on pulse points and other skin externalities to help aromatically calm and soothe your mind, body, and soul.
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