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Why should I use a moisturizing facial oil?

14.02.2022 | Skincare

We recognise our moisturizer as the essential finale of our skincare regime but often overlook the moisturizing facial oil which can add an extra layer of benefits to hydrate, protect and nourish the skin. 

So what are the benefits of an oil and do we need it as well as other hydrating products? Hydration can be approached in three key ways: humectants, such as Hyaluronic Acid Serum, draw moisture up from deeper cellular layers; emollients add moisture to the skin as with most moisturizers and occlusives, such as facial oils, create a protective barrier to lock in and prevent moisture being lost at the outer layer of skin. Because each hydrator works at different layers, you can use all or a combination of within a routine depending on your skin type and needs. 

Facial oils are a beneficial additional step for those struggling with dryness but, as they lock moisture within the skin, dry skin types or those struggling with dry patches should combine with a humectant and/or moisturizer to provide the moisture the skin is lacking. Similarly, as skin starts to age, we lose more moisture therefore an extra protective layer can help retain more of the water naturally produced by the skin. 

Alongside hydration, facial oils can also hold superpowers to target specific skincare concerns such as pigmentation, fine lines and texture issues. The protective armour it creates not only retains moisture but can also protect the skin barrier from damage from environmental stressors such as free radicals, pollution and dirt. 


Squalane Oil: For fine lines & oil control

A natural, super-lightweight face oil that improves skin hydration, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and supports oil control. 100% plant-derived, this Squalane oil is non-greasy and helps to product healthy, glowing skin. A great choice for all skin types, from dry to oily skin.

TOP TIP: You can add Squalane oil to your moisturizer in the PM of your routine for an extra hydration boost overnight. 

Rosehip Oil: For tone and texture

100% cold pressed, natural facial oil with antioxidant properties. Rosehip Oil provides an overnight nourishment boost for dull or tired skin and helps tackle uneven skin tone and texture. Rosehip Oil is packed with essential fatty acids, Omega-6 and skin beneficial vitamins. Suitable for all skin types, it hydrates and soothes dry skin and contains Linoleic Acid, which can help to regulate oil production for those with oily or blemish prone skin.

TOP TIP: this super oil can also be used on hands, nails and cuticles to relieve dry, cracked skin.

When you have chosen your facial oil, we recommend applying by massaging 2-3 drops into your skin after serums and mositurizer.

For more information on facial oils and how to build them into your routine, contact us at askINKEY here. 

Photo of Written by one of our askINKEY skincare advisors

Written by one of our askINKEY skincare advisors

Our askINKEY team are available 24/7 on our live chat. A friendly bunch, all experts with deep product knowledge, ready to make skincare as simple as possible. Whether you are an ingredient expert or starting your journey, no question is too big or too small, no judgement or jargon, we’re here to help and be part of your journey.