Skincare routines used to revolve around the famous three steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturise. These days, new products, such as facial oils, offer additional benefits to your complexion. But where do oils fit into your regimen?
Skincare routines used to revolve around the famous three steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturise. Now, those steps have gone out the window. The benefits of toner have been called into question, and new products such as essences and facial oils are being introduced.
Sometimes, too much choice can leave you baffled. You may wonder where certain products overlap and whether using two similar products doubles your benefit. To know whether you should use both a facial oil and a moisturiser or only one, you'll want to learn more about the benefits of each.
What's the difference between a facial oil and a moisturiser?
Let's take a look at the basic formula of each:
- Facial oils are made of simply oils.
- Creams and lotions are made from oils, water, and ingredients that help oil and water mix.
Water content is the key difference. Facial oils contain no water, whereas moisturisers do. In fact, moisturisers are usually anywhere from 60% to 90% water. The effects and benefits of each type of product depend on the interaction of oil and water with your skin.
What are the benefits of facial oils?
Oil-based products are extremely compatible with human skin, as the skin's outermost layers are also oil-based. Oils are compatible with and extremely nourishing to these layers, helping to replenish and condition them.
The top layers of your skin are vital to your existence. This barrier protects you from the constant suffering of infections, diseases, dehydration, and UV-induced damage. Oil-based products such as facial oils keep the skin's barrier function at its healthiest.
Some of our favourite facial oils include:
- Alpha-H Age Delay Facial Oil with Beta Carotene
- Antipodes Avocado Oil & Rosehip Divine Face Oil
- Trilogy Advanced Formula Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+
Now that you know how oils benefit skin, take a look at the benefits of water and water-based ingredients.
What are the benefits of moisturising creams and lotions?
Moisturisers provide a small amount of oil to help replenish skin's barrier function. However, the main purpose of a moisturiser is hydration.
Moisturisers are predominantly made from water and water-based ingredients that sink into deeper layers of the skin. Some water-soluble active ingredients enhance the product's benefits. For example, aloe vera and glycerine help to soothe and plump skin.
Water-based ingredients must reach the deeper layers of skin before they become active, which means they have to cross the acid mantle, or barrier. This is why moisturisers contain less oil than water, and why you should always use a facial oil as the last step in your skincare routine.
Can I use a facial oil instead of a cream or lotion?
If your skin is already well hydrated, then you could replace your moisturiser with a facial oil. However, if you have a skin type or concern that would benefit from hydration, then we'd recommend that you integrate both.
Whereas some beauty treatments, such as essences and serums, are similar to one another, facial oils and moisturisers offer greatly different benefits. While you won't necessarily see double benefits by using a cream and an oil, if you use products formulated for your skin type, you're likely to see better results.
To find the perfect facial oil for your skin type, visit our facial oil shop. If you believe your skin would also benefit from both a moisturiser, then find the perfect complementary product in our moisturiser shop.
If you need help finding your perfect product combination, drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call on 03 9486 7179.