The Right Way to Apply Facial Oil
Interested in adding a face oil to your skin care routine, but not quite sure how to use one? Don’t fret! We’re sharing the proper way to apply face oil—plus a handful of our favorite formulas—ahead!
Incorporating oils into skin care is an age-old practice that’s picked up traction in the beauty world as of late. Thanks to the dewy-complexion trend, the interest in face oils has certainly spiked, especially since all skin types can benefit from them. That’s right, even those with oily skin can successfully incorporate face oil into their routine so long as the oil in question is agreeable with their skin.
Do you have yet to jump on the face oil bandwagon? There’s no better time than now to introduce these glow-producing elixirs into your regimen! And before you panic that greasing up your face with an oil may be a recipe for a breakout, rest assured that, when used correctly, face oils can provide hydration and a radiant, natural-looking glow that your friends and family will envy—all without leaving your face looking shiny or feeling weighed down. Sweet deal, no? The key is to apply face oil the right way in order to get the best results. The use instructions on the packaging of your face oil of choice is the first place you should consult, but we’re also laying out some helpful tips on how to apply face oil correctly, ahead. Since face oils are so versatile, you can enjoy more than one method of application!
PRESS IT INTO YOUR SKIN
Applying a face oil directly to the skin is a simple, no-fuss way to flood the complexion with dewy hydration. A little goes a long way with face oil, so about two-three drops should be enough to cover your entire face. But if you’re extending the love to your neck and décolleté as well (why not?), feel free to work in a few more drops.
To apply, begin by dropping the oil of your choice into the palms of clean hands. Rub your hands together to warm up and spread the oil. Next, gently press your palms up to your face, neck and décolleté, allowing your skin to fully absorb the formula. Gently pressing the face oil into your skin—rather than rubbing it—can help prevent any unnecessary pulling of the skin since some oils can be thick and difficult to spread.
Editor’s note: Depending on which face oil you use, you may want to follow up with a moisturizer for additional hydration, especially at night. If your skin still feels like it could use some more hydration after you use an oil, follow up with a layer of your regular moisturizer.
MIX IT INTO YOUR MOISTURIZER
Craving a subtler glow? Try mixing a few drops of your face oil into your daily moisturizer before smoothing the formula over your face, neck and chest. Not only can this give your moisturizer an extra hydration boost, but it can allow your skin to reap the benefits of face oil as well. Win-win.
MIX IT INTO YOUR MAKEUP
Who said face oils must be limited to your skin care routine? They can be incorporated into your makeup formulas as well! All you have to do? Mix a few drops of your favorite face oil into your primer or liquid foundation formula. You’ll be one step closer to achieving a dewy skin finish and a healthy-looking glow.
Editor’s tip: Sick of your matte-finish foundation and don’t know what to do with the rest of the formula? Instead of tossing it to the wayside, add a few drops of your favorite face oil into the formula. This easy trick can help transform it to deliver a dewy finish instead.
3 FACE OILS TO ADD TO YOUR ROUTINE
Now that you know how to use face oil in your routine, it’s time to stock up on a few must-haves, don’t you think? Lucky for you, we rounded up three of our favorite face oils—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that you should try stat, below!
Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir
Formulated with omega-rich oils, Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir nourishes the skin with moisture helping to compensate for the skin’s natural loss of lipids due to hormonal aging. After continued use, skin will feel intensely nourished, as well as look transformed: younger-looking, smooth, supple, and radiant.
Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir, $55.00 MSRP
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate replenishes the skin with pure essential oils and distilled botanicals. When used overnight, this elixir visibly restores the appearance of the skin by morning. Simply massage 2-3 drops onto freshly-cleansed skin—avoiding the eye area—before heading to bed.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46.00 MSRP
L’Oreal Paris Hydra-Nutrition Face Oil SPF 30
What’s better than a face oil that moisturizes the skin? A face oil that moisturizes, nourishes, and provides Broad Spectrum SPF protection. That’s right, L’Oreal Paris Hydra-Nutrition Face Oil offers Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen in an innovative oil formula that penetrates into skin’s surface layer for long-lasting hydration, ultra soft comfort and a healthy-looking glow.
L’Oreal Paris Hydra-Nutrition Face Oil SPF 30, $19.99 MSRP