Are You Using Face Oil The Right Way?

Face oil for dry skin makes sense; Jamie Sherrill, RN, explains how face oil works for oily skin too, and the best methods for application.

If you haven’t already heard about the latest beauty obsession of using face oil, you’re definitely going to want to pay attention! I know that putting oil on your face sounds scary, but it’s actually super beneficial, and can  help treat existing skin problems—that is, if you’re using it right.

Here’s the trick: face oil goes on after your moisturizer, not before. Why? Because the oil traps in the moisture and keeps it from dissipating.

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Why is it important to trap in moisture? Well, most of us have dry skin, especially during the fall and winter when the air is drier, and we’re using heaters in our cars and homes. No matter how much moisturizer we put on, it’s still never enough because it too, dries out. So how does face oil prevent your skin from drying out? It creates a moisture barrier over your moisturizer that prevents the air from drying out your moisturizer. This means your moisturizer and its nutrients have a better chance of absorbing into, and staying in your skin.

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Don’t worry about face oils causing breakouts, because they’re specially formulated for use on your face. In fact, face oil might actually help clear up breakouts, especially if you have oily skin. How, exactly? With oily skin, your body is making more oil when it feels like it’s being dried out. So you may be trying to dry out your oily skin when really, it’s causing it to be even more oily. So while you’re working to dry out your skin, your body is working double time to produce more oil (a double fail). As soon as you add a little oil to your skincare routine, it’ll calm down the amount of oil your body naturally produces.

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Face oil also works especially well for achieving restorative, anti-aging effects when you pair it with your favorite rejuvenating face cream, especially when left on over night. So choose a moisturizer specific to your skin type, condition, or concern you’re trying to correct, apply it first, then lock it in with a few drops of facial oil.


Face Oil—Try EGF Platinum 3 Restorative Elixir ($198) with pure Platinum and essential oils

Moisturizer—if you have dry skin, try Calming Relief Soothing Moisturizer ($68), a lightweight, soothing balm for polysensitive skin. If you have oily skin, try Fade to Light Brightening Moisturizer ($74), which hydrates, brightens, and evens skin tone. If your goal is anti-aging, try EGF Platinum Rejuvenation Facial Cream ($398) for the ultimate skin transformation.


1. Choose a moisturizer depending on your skin type, concern, or condition.
2. Apply a dime-size amount of cream to your face and neck, working in circular motions from the center of your face, out.
3. Rub a few drops of face oil in your palms to help heat it up and spread evenly.
4. Pat (do not rub!) the oil all over your face and neck, over your already applied cream to lock in the moisture.

Experts, Concerns and Treatments Mentioned In This Feature:

Jamie Sherrill, RN of The Beauty Park Medical Spa

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