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Sometimes skin can look a bit meh, a little dull and lacklustre. Face Oil is a quick way to get your skin looking plump and glowing without much effort. Of course, you can ramp up the glow with regular exfoliation and a good dose of highlighter but face oil will nourish your skin and, if you combine it with a little facial massage, you'll boost blood flow, which in turn delivers much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the skin's surface so you'll be doing a lot of good for your complexion in not a lot of time.
Should I Use a Face Oil?
If your skin is pretty "normal" meaning you rarely get spots or your skin is naturally dry, then a face oil is definitely worth adding into your skincare routine. Face oils are naturally rich in omegas and antioxidants which means they will nourish and protect your complexion. You can apply a face oil morning and night to protect your skin and support regeneration at night.
If you use a water-based moisturiser then the oil should be the last step, but if you use a rich buttery moisturiser then apply the oil. You can read more about how to layer your skincare products here.
For acne-prone skin it's worth treading carefully when it comes to face oil. Some people with blemishes find a face oil helps to calm and soothe, others find it exacerbates and inflames the breakouts. Got spots but want to try an oil? We recommend the Skin & Tonic Detox Oil which is formulated for complexions dealing with breakouts.
How to Use Face Oil
There are various ways you can incorporate an oil into your routine. For starters you can simply apply it onto the skin as you would a moisturiser. Simple. But facial oils are wonderful for massaging the skin with as they offer slip. You can use your hands, fingers and knuckles to massage your face, always in upwards movements, unless you're draining the lymph at the neck. It's simpler than it sounds but it's worth folllowing an expert's massage guide. Luckily, Megan Markle's facialist Nichola Joss has shared some handy facial massage routines on her IGTV here.
If you want to incorporate a massage tool into your skin routine, an oil will add that much needed slip so the tool will glide easily over your complexion. Check out our selection of Skin Gym facial tools here.
You can also use face oils to add luminosity to your foundation. For example, our resident makeup artist Magda Smyczek applies a layer of the Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil before applying her Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation to make the full coverage foundation look more luminous. In fact, you can mix a couple of drops of face oil into any full coverage foundation to give it a more sheer and radiant finish.
If you want to add extra luminosity you can dab face oil onto the high points of your face, as you would a highlighter.
Tempted to try a face oil? Check out our favourites below.
Skin & Tonic Detox Oil, €32.50
Use your oil with the Skin Gym Face Sculptor Beauty Roller, €63, to sculpt, invigorate and boost skin glow!