Scott McGlynn is a skincare expert with a following of 267K followers on his Instagram page where he lifts the lid of how to get your skin looking and feeling its absolute best. When it comes to anti-ageing benefits and glowing results, serums and face oils are a hot topic.
But it doesn’t matter which products you buy or how much money you spend if you aren’t applying them correctly and, according to Scott, it turns out “you could be applying your face oil all wrong.”
Scott explained: “Face oils are designed to moisture and lock in hydration, it helps soften, nourish, and balance your skin for a healthy-looking glow.”
There is a specific order you should apply your face products in order to get the absolute best from them, and a special technique you should always try to use.
Scott explained: “After you cleanse your face you get your moisturiser. Let’s get some moisturiser on the tips of the fingers and apply it to the face.
“Now time for the face oil. After you’ve done your steps, you’ve cleansed, you’ve used toner, you’ve used moisturiser, the last thing you put on is your face oil.
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“The reason you put on your face oil last is because face oils lock in moisture leaving your skin more hydrated. This is normally made from plant oils, it softens, balances the skin as well leaving your skin with a nice oil.”
Facial oils give your skin a concentrated dose of oil. The bottom layers of your skin are both water and oil-based. The top layers of your skin are almost completely made up of oils.
While serums need to go deeper to benefit your skin, face oils are very active even when they are sitting on or absorbing into your skin’s top few layers.
“Put a couple of drops [on your face], no need to rub it in, just dab it on nice,” added Scott. There are several reasons why you should dab face oil into your skin rather than rub it.
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Dabbing can result in less irritation for your skin, especially around the eyes or other thin layers of skin. Dabbing or patting the oils onto your skin will push them into your pores, rather than just sliding them around on the skin’s surface.
This method will also help your skin absorb the oil and make use of its benefits more quickly. It’s also important not to overdo it on the face oils. As face oils tend to contain a high amount of concentrated nutrients and active ingredients, a little goes a long way.
Overdoing it or using multiple oils could even cause more harm than good. Experts from Dermatologist Store recommend using one to three drops of your choice of oil. This should be enough to cover your whole face and deliver the benefits you need.
3 essential oils to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
When looking for skincare products, those which have essential oils or natural ingredients can help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles if used consistently.
Healthline’s experts explained: “Essential oils can’t get rid of wrinkles, but they can help minimise them. They may also boost collagen, even out skin tone, help your complexion, reduce inflammation, promote skin cell turnover and protect your skin from environmental damage.”
Rosemary is known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. When it comes to skin health, rosemary’s natural oxidative defences may help prevent free radicals from causing damage.
Healthline explained: “Geranium extracts have been studied in the past as possible cold remedies. The geranium’s natural anti-inflammatory effects may be useful in treating sinusitis and bronchitis.”
Geranium has also been studied for its potential ability to help balance out skin moisture and even renew skin cells in people with acne.
Pomegranate is a popular food choice and is used as an additive in a number of health foods. However, a 2014 study by Advanced Biomedical Research found that pomegranate oil has the potential to reduce the oxidative stress that leads to free radicals. It may also help to reduce photoaging or sunspots, skin cancer cells and inflammation.