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Facial oil should be used before or after moisturizer?

December 04, 2020

Facial oil should be used before or after moisturizer?

Facial oils and moisturizers are already essential products in skincare routines. A lot of you may be wondering "Facial oil should be used before or after moisturizer?"

Answer is to use "Water based products" before "Oil based products"

What is water based product?

: Water based products are toner, essence, serum and moisturizer whose first ingredient on the label is water, hydrosols or floral water (Aloe vera juice, Rose water, Lavender water etc.) These products usually include humectants to hydrate skin and to penetrate actives more effectively.

What is oil based product?

Oil based products are facial oil, oil serum and balm whose first ingredient on the label is oil, mineral oil or silicone. These are more occlusive than water soluble ingredients that cover and protect skin, and lock moisture in.

What if oil based product is used before water based product?

If oil based products are used first, it will cover the skin. Moisturizers can't be fully absorbed and water soluble ingredients in moisturizers are hard to penetrate into skin. 

How to use facial oil?

: Apply facial oils after moisturizers or mix few drops of oils with moisturizers. Oils are benefitial for dry and tired skin. Start including it in your skincare routine.

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