How to Use Oils in Your Skin Care Routine

If you are like me, you don’t know how this new use of oil in skin care is supposed to be used. How do I put oil on my skin without becoming an over-oiled mess? Although many people find them incredibly effective, they way they are used plays a huge role in the results. It’s important to know your skin type and issues in order to select the correct kind for success.

There are several variations of oil but in general the overall goal of most is to moisturize. It is generally recommended to use them in the evening when your skin is at rest so the oils can work to repair and protect skin while you sleep.

For Dry Skin: Apply the oil in the evening after you’ve cleansed and toned. Mix 4-6 drops of the oil directly with your nighttime moisturizer and apply to both the face and neck. Do not apply directly on the skin underneath a moisturizer because it will not allow the moisturizer in.

For Non-sensitive skin: apply the same steps as above for dry skin, but mix 2-3 drops of treatment oil as normal skin does not need as much oil. If you experience breakouts after using, try to dial down usage to only when your skin is exposed to harsh winds and cold temperatures.

For Oily/Combination Skin: Follow the skin care routine above and then massage 1-3 drops of oil directly onto the skin. Oily skin already has a lot of oil but the skin also needs water to keep it healthy. But when you use a moisturizer for oily skin, it’s lightweight and oil-free. You want your moisturizer to soak in first before applying oil, which when applied will help prevent your skin from water loss.

Here are five more ways to use oil in your natural skincare routine!

Featured Image: Madaise via Flickr CC.


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