As natural skincare lovers, you’ve no doubt heard us rave about the power and beauty of natural oils. While we’re often the first to recommend natural oils for a greener skincare routine, there are a lot of face oil mistakes that we tend to see. As a result, we’ve made a list of these common mistakes to help everyone get the most out of their face oils and ensure that they are used appropriately. Want to be sure that you’re using natural oils properly? Here are four face oil mistakes you (or someone you know) could be making and how to fix them!
Understanding How Oils Work With Moisture
Oils keep moisture in, yet they don’t necessarily moisturise the way that humectants do. Jess Arnaudin describes this perfectly in her Plant-Based Beauty book where she likens the skin to a sponge. If you have a dry sponge and you place oil on it, it will simply slide off. On the other hand, if you have a wet or moistened sponge and apply oil to it, the oil will stay on the sponge. This is the same principle with your skin and oil, so skip the face oil mistakes by moisturising with floral waters, honey, aloe, etc. before you apply any oil.
Believing Face Oil Won’t Clog Pores
When it comes to using oils, the comedogenic scale is your friend! Despite an oil’s purported properties and benefits, it may not be suitable for your skin just because it is natural. Some oils that fall into this category include coconut oil and the infamous palm oil, which are popular ingredients in skincare for the texture, spreadability, and low price they offer. Unfortunately, their ubiquitousness in skincare sometimes means they can give people the impression that they won’t cause breakouts. Stick to lighter oils that are non-comedogenic including argan, avocado, jojoba, safflower, sunflower, marula, and sweet almond oil to prevent clogging pores, as well as the acne that can come with them.
Applying Oils At the Wrong Time
Incorrect sequencing is one of the most common face oil mistakes out there. In scientific terms, oils are occlusive, which means they create a barrier. Of course, this is great for the skin as it delivers fatty acids to outer layers and locks in moisture. However, if you apply oil to your skin first, you’ll be keeping out any other products you may want to use, thereby rendering them useless. In fact, it is a waste when you think about it that way — your lovely natural skincare sitting on top of your skin, yet not doing what it’s meant to. Ergo, remember to apply your face oil at the very end for best results.
Disregarding Serums or Hybrids
Have your cake and eat it too with serums or oil hybrids. These skincare products are wonderful options for those who want to hydrate and protect, as well as avoid common face oil mistakes. Nonetheless, it’s important to mention that these particular types of cosmetics work best in winter as they nourish, offer fatty acids, and help the skin retain moisture. Last autumn, Mayca shared a recipe for a hydrating and protecting Blue Light Blocker Serum. Not only will this naturally hydrate skin, but it will also protect it from environmental stressors including blue light, which has shown to cause premature ageing.
More on Natural Oils
If you are new to face oils and want to learn more about how you can use them in your skincare regimen, the WapoBeauty skincare blog offers plenty of resources. Discover the process behind cold pressed oils and why they are ideal for natural skin care products. Also, explore the various benefits of oils ranging from olive oil to hemp seed oil to Irish camelina oil and how they can treat different types of skin. Furthermore, there is even information on how oils can help keep your hair looking naturally lovely, too.
We hope that learning from these common face oil mistakes will help you craft a more effective skincare routine. Why not continue your learning by taking advantage of the current discounts on our eBooks? WapoBeauty will also be hosting a Mamas & Babies Skincare Workshop in March, should you be interested then find out more here. As always, find comprehensive skincare lessons in our Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. We invite you to enrol in the course where you will learn how to make a luxurious Hyaluronic acid serum, cleanser, cream, face mask, moisturiser, gel, lotion, serum, toner, mist, exfoliant, elixir, ointment and fresh cosmetics.
About Our Blogger
Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.