Face Oil Before or After Moisturizer?

Finding a good skincare regimen can completely transform your skin. However, half the battle is knowing when to apply products and what each product does. Learn more about the benefits of moisturizers and facial oil and when to apply each product during your daily skincare routine.

What Is a Moisturizer?

Moisturizers are a key skincare product designed to hydrate and moisturize the skin with water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients. Moisturizers can serve many different benefits depending on their formulation. This skincare product can help you give your skin the extra moisture and hydration it needs for radiant-looking skin. All in all, this is an essential skincare product for anyone.

What Is Facial Oil?

Facial oil is a moisturizing product that contains only oil-soluble ingredients. This allows the product to moisturize the skin, making it ideal for skin with low sebum production. Dry and aging skin can be affected by reduced oil production levels. This product may be right for you if you are looking to address anti-aging or moisturizing concerns.  

What Is the Difference Between a Face Oil and a Moisturizer?

You may wonder what the difference between moisturizers and facial oils is. Both products moisturize the skin; however, moisturizers also hydrate the skin. Hydrating products give your skin the water that it requires, whereas moisturizing helps hold water onto the skinShould I Use a Moisturizer, Oil, or Both?

Both moisturizers and oils help to soften the skin. Any skin type can benefit from a moisturizer, while facial oil is best suited for those with aging or dry skin. If your skin needs a moisture reset, it is recommended that you use both products. 

How to Layer Moisturizer and Oil

In most cases, it is best to apply moisturizer before facial oil. Moisturizer is usually thinner than oil, making it beneficial to apply the product beforehand. Because both products contain large molecules, they are both slowly absorbed onto the skin. Since face oils  contain more occlusive ingredients, they are intended to  lock in moisture below. 

However, most moisturizers have both emollients and humectants, so layering either first or mixing a facial oil into a moisturizer will still benefit your skin. 

The Best Moisturizers by Skin TypeNormal

Those with a normal skin type can benefit from using Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream

Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer

Combination/Oily/Acne Prone

Nourish Daily Antioxidant is an antioxidant-rich product that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Brazilian Propolis Lotion is a moisturizing lotion rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and micronutrients. This lightweight moisturizer will leave your skin looking smooth and refreshed.

Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream is a gentle moisturize enriched with Lactobacilli Acidophilus and Micronized Silver to maintain a fresh and flawless looking complexion. 

Dry Skin

Skin Rejuvenation Therapy helps individuals with aging skin to visibly rejuvenate their youthful look. Formulated with lavender and rose essential oils, this product moisturizes your skin and smells like a garden.

Evening Emulsion Enzyme Cream gives your skin the moisture it needs before bed. This product is rich in nutrients and emollients.

Soothe Dermal Repair Balm is great for dry or sensitive skin types. This product enriches your skin with the moisture it needs.

Sensitive Skin 

Soothe Dermal Repair Balm can be applied to your face and neck areas to moisturize your sensitive skin.

Brazilian Propolis Lotion is a sensitive skin friendly moisturizer that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and micronutrients. 

Nourish Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer is an antioxidant-rich product made with a natural and organic formulation. This keeps your skin appearing  glowing and moisturized. 

The Best Facial Oils for Any Skin Type

Bulgarian Rose Otto contains a blend of moisturizing oils to moisturize the look and feel of dry and dehydrated skin types.
Defy Age Corrective Facial Oil helps to moisturize your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and visible irritation

Apply Products from Thinnest to Thickest

As a rule of thumb, you should put your skincare products on from thinnest to thickest, so if the moisturizer is thicker than your oil, then you put it on last.  If your moisturizer is thinner than the oil, then you put the moisturizer on first.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Is face oil better than serum?

Serums are ideal for targeting specific skin concerns. Oils are not formulated with water, making them better at holding hydration onto skin.

When should I apply face oil in my routine?

Face oil should be applied after moisturizer in your skincare routine.

How long should I wait to apply face oil after moisturizer?

You should wait between 30 seconds and 15 minutes when applying the different layers. 

Should I use facial oil every day?

For the best results, you should use a facial oil every morning and night.

Can I use both serum and face oil?

Both products can be used together.
Will oil make me break out?

Facial oils may not be suitable for acne-prone skin. However, everybody’s skin responds differently, so pay attention to your skin when trying any new product.

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