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How to Apply Face Oil & When to Use it

See our advice on the 3 steps on how to apply face oil, when to use face oil and our tips for effectively using it as part of your natural skincare routine!

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What Is Face Oil?

Firstly, before we explain how to apply face oil and when to use face oil, it’s best to tell you what it is. It’s important to address the myth that face oil is not for people with naturally oily skin. This is not true! Face oils work for pretty much anyone, no matter your skin type. 

When we spend a lot of time trying to get rid of our natural face oil, our face will start to over produce it. Face oils regulate the sebum production in our skin and help complement our faces’ natural oils. When sebum production is out of balance, it can lead to the skin being too oily. Pores then expand, allowing them to get clogged, leading to spots and blackheads. Face oils typically use natural plant oils and are designed to moisturise and hydrate the skin. 

So essentially, face oil is a must have in your daily routine!


What Are The Benefits of Using Face Oil?

Face oils are growing in popularity and there is no surprise why, as they have many different benefits that are difficult to live without.

  • Moisture: They lock in moisture from previous products in your skincare routine as they can penetrate deeper into the skin.
  • Kinder to your skin and the planet: They are usually plant-based, meaning they add the extra benefits of natural oils to the skin, such as anti-ageing and healing properties.
  • Protect your skin: Face oils can protect your skin from environmental aggressors as they put up a barrier between your skin and anything in the environment that would affect it, so knowing how to apply face oil is very important! 

Now you know what face oil is and the benefits of it, read on to find out how to apply face oil properly. 


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When To Use Face Oil in Your Skincare Routine?

Face oil can be used everyday, twice a day in your daily routine. The question is, how to apply face oil and when to use face oil? Is it instead of moisturiser? After cleansing? Below we will explain the correct steps on how to apply face oil for maximizing the benefits!

Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin


Cleansing should always be the first step in your morning and evening skincare routines. This step is very important because it preps the skin for the skincare products allowing them to fully absorb into the skin. You want a cleanser that is gentle on the skin to be able to use everyday but also one that thoroughly cleans the dirt and make-up from your skin. Florena's Cleansing Bar is a perfect option for a 100% natural, soap free cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. 



Tip: Be gentle while cleansing. You want to use your fingertips to massage the product into your skin, ensuring not to irritate it. Patting is more effective than rubbing.

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Step 2: Put On Moisturiser


Moisturiser is the second staple product in a natural skincare routine. It is recommended to use it twice a day everyday, even if you have naturally oily skin. You want to look for a moisturiser that is light and gentle, allowing the skin to stay hydrated without feeling greasy, such as Florena 24h Hydrating Cream


Tip: Face oil does not replace moisturiser, however at Florena, you can mix the Florena Natural Face Oils and Florena Natural Moisturiser’s to give you a personalised product.

Step 3: Apply Face Oil


Natural face oil seals in all the products and moisture you have just used on your face. Water based products evaporate and oil does not, meaning, to keep your skin feeling hydrated always apply face oils as the last step in your routine, both morning and evening. If you’re wondering how to use face oil if you’re wearing makeup, simply mix some in with your primer for some extra hydration. If you have particularly dry skin, apply 1-2 drops all over your face before foundation and you will have a dewy finish. 

Tip: If you are using SPF, apply face oil before it to ensure you get the UV full protection. 

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How to Apply Face Oil Properly

If you are unsure on how to apply face oil, follow these three steps for maximum results. 



The first step on how to apply face oil, place 1-2 drops onto the palm of your hand.


Next, with your finger, dot the face oil evenly around your face, making sure to avoid any sensitive areas like your eyes.


Finally, gently pat the product into your face from the centre of your face out towards your ears. Then, from your eyebrows up towards your forehead, and finally, from your chin down your neck, smoothly with your whole hand. Make sure you are pressing the product into your skin and not rubbing.

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Do Face Oils Replace Moisturisers?

The simple answer is no. You should not be cutting out your moisturising step for face oil and vice versa. Both are great products for locking in moisture to the skin. Moisturisers may not be able to penetrate as deep into the skin as a natural face oil. As face oils are pure oil, they work really well with your skin as it is oil based. However, water based products like moisturisers are very important to the skin as they add extra hydration, so it’s best to use both. Furthermore, it is best to apply moisturiser which adds the hydration and then add the face oil which locks everything in. 

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Natural Face Oil at Florena

At Florena we use all natural face oil, which means 99.46% of our ingredients are derived from natural sources. In our Regenerating Face Oil we use natural fermented argan oil which is known for its abilities to moisturise the skin, soften dry patches and reduce acne. In our Illuminating Face Oil we use natural fermented safflower oil which is known for its nourishing and hydrating benefits. In both of our Florena face oils we use helichrysum which is widely known for its strong antioxidant properties. 

Now you know how to apply face oil and when to use face oil, make sure you have a look at our other articles, explaining what natural oils we use in our products, such as safflower oil