Morning 6-Step Routine (Step 5: Face Oil)

By Minji

  • If you put in the time and effort to find the right one, face oil can be the hero in your skincare lineup
  • Take 2-3 drops in palms, rub, then gently pat onto skin to absorb
  • Wait 1-2 minutes before moving on to Step 6: Sunscreen

Step 5: Face Oil. Face oil sometimes gets a bad reputation.  People think it’s only for dry skin types. The truth is, if you can find the right one for your particular skin, it can be a game changer and a true hero in your lineup of products. 

Going back to the holy grail of “moisturizing is key,” our skin generally needs both water-based and oil-based products to maintain optimal suppleness.  If you lack water, your skin is dehydrated and if you lack oil, your skin is dry, two very different things.  Since you don’t want to be dry or dehydrated when it comes to skin, most of us can benefit from having a face oil in the mix, in addition to various water-based products.  Well worth the effort to find one that works for you and incorporate it into your daily routine. 

Even if you don’t want to use it for your entire face, consider using it in certain concentrated areas that could use a moisturizing boost.  For example, your neck, around your mouth and frown lines, etc.  Or you could even experiment with only using it during certain seasons – skipping the summer months and reserving it for the colder and drier winter months.  Sometimes if I'm worried about pilling issues, I'll skip face oil in the mornings when I'm wearing sunscreen but make sure to incorporate it into my nighttime ritual

If you haven’t caught on already, I love face oil so much and believe there’s a place for it in almost everyone’s daily regimen.  When I use it, I can seriously feel the oil locking in the good ingredients and moisture I’ve applied to my skin with the previous steps.  There’s something about face oil that makes me feel luxurious and my routine “whole” – definitely a mood booster as well.  I've even developed my own homemade recipe - check it out here!    

Keep in mind that everyone has a different reaction to different ingredients, so have the patience to experiment and test before you expect to find the perfect one - it’s like dating, people.  Since face oil is obviously oil and will hinder absorption of other water-based products, you want it as the very last step before sunscreen or makeup. 

I was wondering if there might be a difference between the order of chemical versus mineral sunscreen since they work differently (see Step 6: Sunscreen for more on this) and asked Dr. Yoon.  He said, in general, sunscreen products should be applied after all skincare steps and before makeup.  Although it is true that thicker lotions, creams or oils could reduce the absorption of certain sunscreens, considering the importance of moisturizing properly, he still recommends that all sunscreen products be applied at the end of the multi-step routine.

Take 2-3 drops of face oil in your palm, rub it, then gently press it onto your skin to absorb.  Hold your hands to your face for a few seconds so the oil can absorb better.  Wait 1-2 minutes before moving on to Step 6.

This is a good time to stand in a star pose or super hero pose (basically spread out wide like superman or a star), look in the mirror, and tell yourself how awesome you are and how today will be wonderful.  I know it might sound silly, but this really helps set the tone for the day and self-affirmations work.  

In recent years, I’ve been more conscious about my body language and posture and it’s actually made a positive difference in my confidence levels.  Never hunch over or make yourself small in important business meetings!