if you see someone with perpetually glowing skin, odds are they’re using a face oil. we use oils in numerous ways, from cleansing (more on that here), to nourishing our bod, as a primer for makeup, and at night for perfectly hydrated skin the next morning. it’s important to note that oil attracts light and can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, so we prefer to apply it at night when used as the last step. however, when used during the day, it’s only before makeup and in this order:

oil – SPF – makeup – SPF setting spray…

proper application is not something that should be overlooked when it comes to applying face oil. we often stress to clients that oil should be the last step after moisturizer at night to seal everything in. remember: because oil and water don’t mix, water can’t get through a layer of oil, which is why oil-based products should always be layered on top of hydrating, water-based products. also, because oils contain a high concentration of nutrients, only a few drops are needed to do the job *we don’t suggest using a face oil every night; we like to stick to 2-3x/wk max. when applying, rub your hands to warm the oil and gently press & pat onto the skin*

oily / acneic skin type

the thought of adding more oil to your face may make you cringe. however, when it comes to cleansing, oil actually dissolves excess sebum production, which is the culprit behind acne. when too much sebum/oil is produced in the hair follicle, it can become clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells & debris, leading to inflammation of the skin- AKA blemishes. washing your face 1,000x a day and overly stripping your skin with harsh products will only make the problem worse because it throws your pH off balance. so fight fire with fire and start oil cleansing *not to be substituted as a face oil* because your skin already produces enough oil (and in some cases, more than enough) to prevent water from leaving the skin, it’s unnecessary to apply an additional layer to the surface

dry / mature skin type

oils add an extra layer of protection to what’s known as your lipid barrier (the outermost part of your skin). your lipid barrier is responsible for maintaining hydration and preventing external irritants from penetrating the skin. as you age, your lipids decrease significantly, causing your skin to become drier (sorry that was dark). we suggest applying a hyaluronic acid serum to add water/hydration to the skin, followed by your moisturizer + face oil to seal it in

finding an oil that contains retinol will stimulate the production of healthy, younger cells and encourage aging/damaged cells to speed up their renewal process. please note: there’s always an adjustment period when incorporating a retinol. we suggest reading this post to get up-to-speed

sensitive / rosacea skin type

certain face oils contain anti-inflammatory properties to calm the skin and reduce irritation such as sweet almond oil. it’s hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types, including baby skin! tea tree oil also contains anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial properties, which is especially great for those with rosacea. however, do not use on its own as its too potent. we recommend finding a product that lists tea tree as an ingredient or diluting 2-3 drops in combination with other oils