Oil or moisturizer first?
by kate zills
With the rise of oils in skincare, I’m sure you’ve had many questions like:
Do I use an oil or moisturizer first?
Do I need both an oil and moisturizer?
Is an oil or moisturizer better for my skin?
Don’t worry, we’re here to answer all of your questions.
First, let’s talk about the different moisturizing ingredients in skincare products.
Moisturizing agents can be split into three main categories: emollients, humectants, and occlusives. Emollients help to soften and smooth the skin, humectants attract water to the skin, and occlusives create a barrier to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss.
Now that we have a basic understanding of moisturizing ingredients, let's talk about the difference between an oil and a moisturizer.
An oil refers to an oil-based product in skincare and generally consists of emollients and occlusives. Oils can be pure carrier oils, but most oils are a mix of multiple plant-based oils and essential oils. Some may also include other targeted skincare ingredients to address common skincare concerns.
The term ‘moisturizer’ means different things to different people and could include many different products (including oils, creams, lotions, balms, etc.). Most people are referring to a water-based product that is made up of at least two of the different kinds of moisturizing agents when they talk about moisturizers. Moisturizers may also contain skincare ingredients to target certain skin types or correct certain skincare concerns.
Do I use an oil or moisturizer first?
It depends :) Honestly, ‘it depends’ is the best answer to all of these questions, but I’ll explain a little further. Generally, you should apply your skincare products in order of consistency from thinnest to thickest. This means an oil should be applied after most typical water-based moisturizers, but an oil should be applied before any occlusive moisturizers like Florence.
Do I need both an oil and moisturizer? Is an oil or moisturizer better for my skin?
Again, this depends on your skin type. I use an oil (Magic City Brightening Glow Elixir) as my main morning moisturizing product, and I layer an oil (Magic City Brightening Glow Elixir) and an occlusive moisturizer (Florence Blue Tansy Ceramide Balm) at night.
It’s important to remember that different skin types have different moisturizing needs, so it may take a few tries to find your perfect routine. It's also important to remember that your skin’s needs may change with various life events and may change with the seasons.
Please reach out if you have any questions about oils, moisturizers, or creating your skincare routine.
"It’s important to remember that different skin types have different moisturizing needs, so it may take a few tries to find your perfect routine"
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Magic City Brightening Glow Elixir
Magic City Brightening Glow Elixir is a daily, radiance-boosting face oil and has both emollients and a humectant. It is ideal for all skin types, and was formulated to restore hydration, even skin tone, reduce inflammation, and brighten dull skin. This powerhouse elixir blends 14 plant-based oils that quickly absorb and penetrate the skin with Vitamin C to brighten and even the skin tone. Its lightweight, silky consistency leaves the skin primed for makeup application and perfectly moisturized.
Florence Blue Tansy Ceramide Balm
Florence Blue Tansy Ceramide Balm is a rich, moisturizing balm infused with blue tansy, vitamin e, and ceramides. It is suitable for all skin types and was formulated with mature, dry, sensitive skin types in mind. This balm is perfect for any area that needs a little TLC and for maintaining the skin’s natural protective barrier as it has both emollients and occlusives.