Skincare tips: How to apply facial oils and serums

My love for face oils and serums runs deep, but I had never used one until I fell down the green beauty rabbit hole. I am convinced that if I had to pin point one thing that had made a big difference to my skin, adding a face oil daily would be it! Having said all that, it took me a little time to work out how to best apply face oil to ensure glowing skin without the oil slick, so in today’s post I wanted to share my top tips for using a facial oil for all skin types.

I think it goes without saying that I am talking about pure plant oils, absolutely no mineral oils or silicones are needed in a facial oil and genuinely green brands wouldn’t include them. One of the biggest myths is that facial oils will leave you looking greasy. If you are applying the right kind of oil for your skin you should have a pretty glow but skin shouldn’t be overloaded.

Tip one: Apply oils to damp skin

This one simple tip changed the way I feel about facial oils. Damp skin is more receptive to the products you are applying, when it comes to a heavier skincare texture like an oil applying to damp skin also locks in the moisture sitting on the skins surface. I like to spritz a hydrating toner or floral water over clean dry skin and immediately apply a few drops of oil to my skin. The other way to apply oils I find works well is mixing the hydrating spritz or serum in the palm of the hand with the oil/serum before applying. Both methods work equally well, so it is purely personal preference which one you choose.

Tip two: Boost your moisturiser

This is the method I would recommend for those that need to apply less oil, for example if you have oily/combination skin or for drier skins in the summer as an occasional boost. Most moisturisers are in fact an emulsion of water and oil, both elements that are naturally present in your skin. If you find a moisturiser you like but are feeling that your skin needs something a bit extra there is no need to go out and buy a whole new moisturiser, simply add a drop or two of oil to the moisturiser you currently use. I love this way of applying for a few reasons, for those who don’t like the feel of oil on their skin this method feels no different to applying your moisturiser. Secondly it is a great way to help you transition your skincare through the seasons, especially useful in Autumn and Winter, without having to add lot’s of different products.

Tip three: Massage the skin

This is what I like to call a weekly treat for my skin. Facial massage has so many wonderful benefits and is an easy and inexpensive way to relax, take some time for yourself and improve your skins condition. There are some great videos explaining how to do a facial massage, techniques vary depending on what you are trying to achieve but there are a few things I like ensure before I start. I always do this on well cleansed and exfoliated skin to ensure that the oil can penetrate deeply and my skin will get the best benefits. I also like to do this after a clay mask as I find that it replenishes and balances after the drawing effect of the clay. Spend a few minutes each week massaging your skin with an oil and you will soon start to notice a big difference.

Tip four: Less is more

One of the mistakes I made when first applying facial oils was applying too much. You have to remember that pure oils contain no fillers or preservatives just a combination of plant oils so are by their nature more concentrated than a moisturiser. I recommend starting with just one or two drops initially, you can always add more if you need, but it is much harder to fix if you have added too much.

Tip five: Test, test, test

Skincare is an incredibly subjective thing. How well a product will work for you depends on so many different factors, so although I could overwhelm you with science and ingredients information about the best oils for different skin types, the best way to find an oil that works well for you is to test some and see how your skin reacts. Lot’s of brands offer trial and sample sizes, around five or ten millilitre bottles are more than enough to test an oil without committing financially to a full size.

I would love to hear if you have any tips for applying facial oils and serums. What works for you?

Ana Green

Written by Ana – A beauty industry professional who is passionate about product and helping people navigate the marketing hype in the beauty industry.