As the weather heats up, the last thing you probably think to reach for is facial oil. Humidity is more than enough to make you look overly greasy during the summer months, right? But hear us out — facial oil can do wonders for your complexion, even in the summertime. Read more to learn how to use facial oil as part of your summer skincare routine and tips for applying it.
The Benefits Of Using a Facial Oil
If you’ve never used facial oil before, you’re probably wondering why you should start now? For starters, facial oil can help to hydrate your complexion — which is especially important in terms of how your skin looks, regardless of what time of year it is. Hydrated skin equates to beautiful skin and even oily skin needs hydration. Plus, incorporating facial oil can be relaxing and even add a spa-like experience to your routine.
Does Face Oil Protect Your Skin From the Sun?
No, facial oil does not protect from the sun and it should never replace SPF. When using facial oil, your AM routine should go — cleanser, facial oil, moisturizer, SPF and then makeup if you’re wearing any. SPF is so important year round, but especially in the summer when skin is getting more UV exposure.
Along with wearing SPF, it's important to take other sun protection measures like limiting your time in the sun (especially during peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), covering up exposed areas and reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours.
How To Add Facial Oil To Your Summer Skin Care Routine
Using facial oil in the summer is easy. Follow these few steps and you’ll be good to — wait for it — glow!
1. Cleanse Your Skin
During the warmer months, reach for a mattifying cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and swipe it across your face. Micellar water has been a French beauty staple for years — given that it’s super-convenient and doesn’t require any rinsing, it’s perfect for cleansing in any routine.
2. Dab on Facial Oil
Every morning and evening, apply four to five drops of facial oil onto the palm of your hand. With a finger, dab the oil in small dots onto cleansed skin, avoiding your eye area. Then, gently smooth and press the oil into your face and neck, using the whole surface of your hands. Smooth it from nose to ears, eyebrows to hairline, and neck to jawline.
Editor’s tip: For a spa-like experience, grab your jade roller after applying facial oil and roll upwards to depuff and to stimulate blood flow.
3. Finish With Moisturizer
Moisturizer always goes on after facial oil. In the A.M., apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen formulated with an SPF of 30 or greater like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Collagen Expert Day Moisturizer with SPF 30.
Meanwhile, at night, reach for a lightweight hydrating moisturizer before you go to bed. You may find that in the summer, you don’t need quite as heavy a moisturizer as you did in the winter. Look for one with a matte finish for this time of year, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid to help provide long-lasting hydration.
What Facial Oil Is Good For Summer?
When looking for a facial oil to add to your summer skin care routine, choose one with a weightless finish, a non-greasy feeling and make sure to cleanse before and moisturize after. This will allow you to avoid a greasy complexion while focusing on hydration.
Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi; Photo by: Chaunte Vaughn
Discover more tips & tricks