Treatment oils can be incredibly effective for most skin types, but the ways in which the oil is applied to the skin will vary depending your skin type. In general, I recommend using oils in the evening, as this is when the skin is at rest (and the air is usually driest at night) so the oil can repair and protect your skin while you sleep. However, youll see that I have also included methods for using skin oil in an airplane or during the day when you are especially dry and need to lock in moisture.
Here are the right and wrong ways to use a treatment oil to achieve maximum results for your skin type.
FOR DRY SKIN:
The right way: In the evening after cleansing, toning with an alcohol-free toner (left damp on the skin for extra hydration) and using a serum, mix 3-5 drops directly in with your nighttime moisturizer and apply to both the face and neck. You can also use 3-5 drops applied directly over your moisturizer to provide a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out from the skin.
The wrong way: Used directly on the skin underneath moisturizer or it in its pure form in place of moisturizer. The reason why you shouldn’t use it directly on the skin is because your skin requires both oil AND water. All moisturizers are formulated with ingredients to deliver this dual benefit to the skin; however, skin oils only provide oil. Additionally, moisturizers contain other ingredients that are needed for the health of the skin (such as antioxidants, retinol or firming peptides). Skin oils may not have these same ingredients, so if you use moisturizer over oil, these beneficial ingredients will not be able to penetrate into the skin effectively because the oil will act as a barrier.
I classify skin into nine different skin types. See dry skin types #7, #8 and #9. Read more…