Why You Need a Facial Oil in Your Skincare Routine


Here’s why you need a facial oil in your skincare routine

As you age your skin becomes gradually drier and less elastic over time. Your skin’s barrier function also becomes weakened which contributes to a loss of moisture. This loss of oil and water in the skin can make any wrinkles or flaws appear more pronounced. For this reason it is important that you include a humectant (something which retains water such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid), and an emollient (something which puts a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer such as plant oils, fatty acids or cocoa butter) into your skincare routine. See my review of Indeed Labs Hydraluron to read about my solution to combatting dehydrated skin. This post is about dry skin rather than dehydrated skin and why you also need a facial oil in your skincare routine.

Oil keeps Skin Moister & Smoother

Facial oils should be applied as the last product in your skincare routine at night time. They lock in moisture and form a barrier. After you have applied your moisturiser the oil seals in all of its hydrating ingredients, making your skin more likely to hold onto the hydration.

Different types of Oil

When buying a facial oil look for oils with a smaller molecular size, like argan, squalane and jojoba oils as these are able to penetrate the skin. Facial oils should be lighter than the oils you use on your body. Grapeseed oil, apricot kernel, sweet almost and marula, all dry quickly and are light oils. Just make sure you steer clear of mineral oil, not because it’s dangerous, but just because it’s useless.

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My favourite night oil

Although it is not advertised as an oil the AHAVA Extreme Night Treatment contains squalene oil and is one of my favourite nighttime products to use. The product made a noticeable difference to my skin which is both dry and dehydrated. When I stop using it I can see how much of an effect it made. If feels like an oil which seals in all the products I used before. I love the AHAVA range – my other AHAVA product reviews can be found here.

AHAVA Extreme Night Treatment - Why You Need a Facial Oil in Your Skincare Routine

I also love the Indeed Labs Squalene. This oil is very dry and dries quickly. I use it on my neck as it is not at all sticky and sinks in straight away. The consistency is almost like water and it doesn’t feel oily at all.

Squalene Facial Oil from Indeed Labs - Why You Need a Facial Oil in Your Skincare Routine

Oils yet to try

I haven’t tried them yet but on my list of oils to try are:

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Sunday Riley LUNA

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Facial Oil

Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Essential Oil Elixirs by Darphin 8-Flower

Pai Rose hip oil

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil

Pixi Rose Oil Blend


If you have any oils to recommend or if you have tried any of the oils mentioned above then please comment below. Also if you have any views on why you need a facial oil in your skincare routine I am interested to hear other people’s experiences.

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