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Want to Try Facial Oils? Here’s the Skinny

While looking for ways to incorporate facial oils into my daily skincare routine, I was surprised to learn that facial oils do not clog pores, contrary to what I had thought. They penetrate the skin much like a serum, absorbing cleanly without residue, so they don’t clog your pores. Don’t be afraid to use them generously as they can be an asset to almost any skincare routine.

Facial oils penetrate and deliver natural plant ingredients to the skin, creating more radiant and velvety soft skin. Over time, lines may soften and skin will take on a youthful glow.

Types of Facial Oils

A facial oil is water-free and consists of pure plant oils that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other valuable nutrients for the skin. There are two types of oils—base oils and seed oils.

Base oils, such as Jojoba or Almond, are typically less expensive and are pretty mild. Seed oils, like Rose Hip, Camellia and Grape, are typically more expensive and pack a powerful punch and need to be blended with a mild base oil to dilute their concentration. Base oils and many seed oils can be used alone on the skin.

For the best anti-aging benefits, mix a few drops of seed oil with a base oil to boost antioxidants, vitamins and polyphenols to promote a healthy complexion, prevent aging and regenerate skin cells.

Using Facial Oils

Facial oils can be used morning or night in place of a moisturizer, or a few drops can be added to lotion when skin needs extra hydration. Facial oils can also be used on top of fully absorbed serums. But, be sure to allow 30 minutes for the oil to fully absorb into your skin before going to bed or applying make-up.

Just two to three drops of oil per application is needed to cover the face and about one to two drops for décolleté. If skin is very dry, use an extra drop or two. If too much is used, lightly blot off the excess.

Storing Oils

Once oils are exposed to air, oxidization occurs. Oils come in capsule form ensuring the freshest product possible with each application. But, bottles of oil stored out of sunlight in a cool, dark location will also keep the products integrity. If keeping oil in a bottle, it’s best that the bottle be dark in color to help keep as much light away from it as possible.


Facial oils are easily incorporated into any skincare routine and can be used by themselves or with serums and lotions. Read our post Why Using A Serum vs A Lotion Matters to learn about the difference between serums and lotions.

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