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6 Absorption Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Using Facial Oil

Have you ever started using a new skincare product… you know, the kind everyone swears by? 

But instead of it working miracles on your skin, you see little to no difference at all? We’ve all been there; and typically in those situations we think it just doesn't work for or that it's a bad product!

What if neither were true?

What if you’re not getting the benefits from your skincare because you’re simply not giving it the best chance to work! Face oils are often one such product that we neglect using properly and use only when we remember to...

Neglect your oils (and your skin for that matter!) no more, we say!

In this article, we’re going to share 6 of our best tips you can follow to help your facial oils absorb into your skin a whole lot better!

But first, why use facial oil?

While facial oils have been embraced for many centuries, they’ve only recently been welcomed as skin healing tools on a mass level in the western world. Because of this, there is still quite a bit of confusion about why facial oils are necessary when, before, a good cleanser and moisturizer was all we needed!

Facial oils are brimming with vitamins and minerals that are full of hydrating and healing properties to keep your skin balanced and protected. Oils work wonders because they mimic our naturally produced skin oils so much, aiding in the regeneration, soothing, and protection of our skin. Jojoba oil is known as the closest oil that mimics our naturally produced sebum. 

Because they have large molecules, oils are often the second to last step, and go below moisturizer in order to seal in moisture all day or night. Be wary though, if you don’t prepare your skin well, then the oil will simply sit on top of your skin and not provide a great benefit! To learn how to prevent this from happening, read on!

Keep Your Skin Clean By Exfoliating Regularly

If you’re not in the habit of keeping your skin exfoliated, you likely have a layer or more of dead skin which will make it hard (if not impossible) for your oil to penetrate through. Dead skin acts as a barrier on top of the skin, so be sure to remove these dead cells regularly and keep your skin clean and bright. 

Also, when you don’t exfoliate your skin, oils, serums, and moisturizers aren’t able to be properly absorbed, and therefore, may seem like they’re not working at all!.

Exfoliating product recommendations: 

Dab, Don’t Rub

It can be tempting to place a few drops of oil on your palms, rub together, and immediately apply to your skin like you would a moisturizer. This may not (definitely is not) the best way to apply your face oils. 

Instead, you should only apply the oil to your fingertips, then gently push into the skin. This is not only hygienic but also prevents potential spread of bacteria from your hands.

Alternatively, you may find using a skincare tool like a gua sha or jade roller more effective!

Follow Up With Moisturizer

Despite your best efforts to prepare your skin for your oil, various factors contribute to oil potentially sitting on the skin and not absorbing. Your heating, your skin’s pH level, and the climate where you live can all lessen the effectiveness of your facial oil. 

Applying a layer of moisturizer on top of your oil, not only increases your skin’s ability to absorb the oil but also offers an additional layer of protection; keeping moisture in your skin.

Choose the face oil best suited for your skin type/condition

We all have different skin types and conditions that require their own unique oils with their own unique properties to address our needs. Below you can find the types of oils most commonly found helpful for each skin type. 

Best non-comedogenic oils for acne prone skin: 

  • Jojoba oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Macadamia oil

Best oils for dry skin: 

  • Jojoba oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip oil

Best oils for aging skin: 

  • Jojoba oil
  • Sea Buckthorn oil
  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip oil

Best oils for sensitive skin: 

  • Avocado oil
  • Hemp Seed oil
  • Borage seed oil

Best oils for oily skin: 

  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Never, ever forget the sunscreen. SPF in your makeup or skincare products may not do the trick to keep your skin protected. When you’re using an oil on your skin, it’s especially important to follow with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply after your moisturizer (which comes after face oil).

Avoid Color and Fragrance

When searching for your perfect oil, don’t pay too much attention to pretty colors or even the smell. Some of the most effective oils are actually quite ordinary looking, and don’t have an overwhelming scent at all. Fragrances and dyes are often added, but they offer no real additional benefits. 

If you would like an oil that does smell good, naturally, look for one infused with essential oils instead; which come with their own host of benefits! Below are a few recommendations:

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