Oil can be an intimidating word with skincare. Many people have no idea if they can or can't use oils, which types of oils to use, how to incorporate them, and more. Oils can be a game-changing step in your skincare routine, so take this as your ultimate guide.
What oil do I use for my skin type?
Yes, even oily skin can benefit from using oil on it (shocker)! Below, we will let you know what oil serums we have here at Blendily that will work best on any skin type!
Skin types that would benefit the most: mature, acne-prone, oily, or any skin
This oil serum has Chamomile, Calendula, and California poppy infusions that make up the ultra-soothing base. Add Rosehip Seed and Evening Primrose oils for their restorative and hormonal balancing properties, ideal for acne/oily skin. Paired with the essential oil blend of Turmeric, Lavender, and Helichrysum (also called ‘immortelle’ – think ‘immortal!’), these cater to more mature skin with an antioxidant punch.
Skin types that would benefit the most: sensitive, damaged, or dry skin
The star of Ruby Skies is St. John's Wort. We compound the healing properties with Sage in Avocado Oil, with a boost of cell stimulation from Wild Carrot Seed-infused Pomegranate Oil. Adding Blood Orange, Ginger, and Western Red Cedar Essential Oils, they act together to stimulate blood circulation, repair, soften, and moisturize the skin. The blood simulation and repairing nature of the ingredients make it great for sensitive and damaged skin types.
Skin types that would benefit the most: sensitive or dry skin
In Sapphire Moon, we cater to sensitive and dry skin with many ingredients. German Chamomile is known for calming, anti-inflammatory effects, great for sensitive skin. Jasmine lends optimistic floral notes to the serum. We've swirled a combination of these floral essential oils into a base of jojoba & coconut oil infused with chrysanthemum, marshmallow root, and yarrow. Together, these ingredients create a beautiful teal color and the perfect skin-calming and moisturizing facial oil serum.
Skin types that would benefit the most: dry, damaged, or aging skin.
For this serum, we used horsetail, which contains vast amounts of silica, a mineral that aids repair of connective tissues, adding benefits for mature skin. Nettles and Cleavers both contribute anti-inflammatory effects. The swirl of essential oils is a sweet, fresh & citrusy combination that provides antibacterial and astringent properties, combined with the nettles and cleavers, aiding those with damaged and dry skin.
How to Use Facial Oils
Now we believe in using skincare however it feels right for you, but here are some pointers on using your new oils.
Combine oils with different parts of your routine
Oils can be a great thing to mix into products you are already using. During your morning or evening skincare routine, you can mix an oil into your moisturizer. You can use it as a way to treat conditions you are needing extra help with, and then lock in hydration, and your serum's effects, with the moisturizer.
As a bonus, you can also mix oil into things like your foundation to create a skin tint or highlighter to make it a liquid highlighter and add benefits to your makeup.
Remember to apply your oils after your moisturizer though, and before your sunscreen or makeup in the morning! Be aware oils do degrade the SPF and will make your sunscreen less effective if you put the oils over.
If you are not sure what time of day to use your oil, you can start by using it at night time, this way it has adequate time to really absorb into the skin. As you get more comfortable, you can move into using it day and night, maybe every other day, or whatever you find works best for your skin.
How to apply your oils in your routine
When you apply your oils, you want to make sure you are patting these oils into your skin, rather than rubbing them. Patting them in helps more with oil absorption and really nursing the skin.
You also want to remember that oils (especially ours) are usually more concentrated than a typical moisturizer and because of this, it is best to go with a less-is-more attitude. Try to start out using a few drops and seeing how far it goes.
Also, if you have more of a combination skin, you can use oil only on the parts of your skin that are feeling dry at the time! Don't feel pressure to put it all over your face; you can instead focus it only on the areas that need it!
Have fun exploring your new found world of facial oils and hope our insights helped! Remember, at the end of the day, everyone's skin is unique so do what feels right for you!