Face oils are all the rage in the skincare community, and for good reason. Once shunned for shine-inducing effects, oils are now appreciated for their hydrating benefits, and we embrace the dewy look they support. It was a glorious day when the powdery matte, shine-free, dry look ended its trendy reign!
If you are hesitant to incorporate face oil into your routine, maybe you’ve fallen victim to some misconceptions. Let’s discuss a few common mistakes that face oil users might make and a simple DIY for making your very own custom face oil.
Common Face Oil Mistakes
1. Picking the wrong oil
With all the varieties available, it’s an overwhelming task, and one can easily choose the wrong oil. Some oils are nourishing and rich, and others are ideal for clogged or oily skin. Some oils’ molecular structures make them quickly absorbable, others not so much.
If you’ve picked an oil for oily skin and yours is dry, you might be wondering why your skin doesn’t feel very hydrated. This list is extremely helpful in finding the right kind of oil for your skin type.
2. More is better, right?
Wrong. Face oils are concentrated derivatives from plant-based extracts, so a little goes a long way. I recommend a maximum of 6 drops total for your face and neck.
Some days 3 drops might be sufficient. When it comes to face oils, less is more.
3. Applying it last
Not the best way. The most important products you apply on your face need to touch your skin first. If you layer oil last, meaning on top of sunscreens or other products, you will not benefit from the effects of the oil penetrating the skin.
Instead, oil should be the first item (sometimes it might even be the only item!) applied to the face and neck after cleansing and toning. The only exception would be in a multistep product. In that case, always adhere to the guidelines of your product in the order for application.
4. Rub it in for as long as you want!
Wrong again. Oils do not need to be rubbed into the skin for absorption. Drop oil into the palm of your hands, press your hands together to warm it up a bit, and then gently pat the palms of your hands into your face and neck, lifting your hands off your face and repositioning them in a different spot to get oil evenly spread. For oils designed for the eye area, a gentle dab and tap around the brow bone and underneath the eye will suffice—never tug or pull on this fragile area.
5. Not exfoliating
When you have dry skin, a common misconception is that you just need more and more moisturizer, serum, or oil. A key to alleviating dry skin is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation will allow your custom face oil to absorb properly into your skin.
When there is a layer of dead skin cells sitting on the face, a treatment or oil has difficulty penetrating the skin, often being blocked by this layer. Use this guide to help introduce exfoliants into your skincare routine.
6. Not customizing for your skin
Once you’ve decided on the correct oil for your skin type, you are almost done with your custom face oil—it’s that easy. Don’t be scared to mix two oils together to treat different needs.
For instance, if you have dry skin and you also struggle with a loss of elasticity, use equal parts sweet almond oil and avocado oil to address both issues. The last ingredient you’ll add to the recipe will be an essential oil—use 2 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil.
Here are some to consider:
The combined oil should be stored in a dark glass jar in a cool, dark spot to prolong its efficacy and potency. Just place a few drops of your custom face oil into the palm of your hand, warm hands together, and then pat onto your cleansed face and neck each evening before bed. If possible, customize a few different oils to have on hand to rotate seasonally or for different areas of your face.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.533