Other additions to moisturizers, known as occlusives, help to trap in the moisture. Meanwhile, vitamins might be added to help reduce signs of aging and emollients help smooth your skin.
But for many of us, especially as we age, moisturizers alone won’t be enough to maintain the level of hydration we need to prevent flaking. This is even more true in the winter months!
What about facial oils: what role do they play?
You likely know that your skin produces its own oil. Imbalances in your oil production result in two of the most common skin problems we see - dryness and acne.
Facial oils form a stronger protective barrier than moisturizer alone. That protective barrier keeps moisture in - so, oils hydrate your skin indirectly (unlike moisturizers, which are hydrating).
Facial oils are also often packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and (in the case of tea tree oil), antibacterial agents that fight acne. This means they do more than simply lock in moisture, they rejuvenate and restore too.
Facial oils for oily skin
Oily skin CAN benefit from the use of facial oils.
It’s true that your skin feels oily because you overproduce natural oils. Often, this overproduction is the result of your skincare routine stripping away too much of your natural oil.
Adding oil to your skincare routine promotes balance. In turn, this prevents the overproduction of your natural oils - unlocking a beautiful, balanced complexion.
So, do you apply facial oil before or after moisturizer?
After! As a general rule oils can penetrate moisturizer, but moisturizers can’t penetrate oils.
If you’re new to facial oils, it’s worth just using them in the evening to see how your skin responds. Once a day (or once every few days) might be enough for you.
If you still feel dry, you might benefit from adding a daily oil to your routine. It will take a bit of experimenting to get it right and the results can be a bit… slick, but we’ve seen plenty of people thrive in the cold winters using oils!
If you don’t love using oil during the day, there are plenty of mists that tackle dryness and won’t affect your makeup.