Although brands like Clarins have been making wonderful skin oils for decades, many cosmetic brands have now discovered the market for this type of products.

If the word “oil” makes you shiver, don’t compare these skin oils to any greasy product you might know. A good skin oil is light, sinks in quick and doesn’t leave your skin greasy. Nor do good quality skin oils block your pores.

Skin oils can have many different properties: they can hydrate, nourish, calm or even regulate sebum (oil) production. For every skin type, there is an oil. Depending on your skin condition, you can use them in your skin regimen during day- or nighttime.

Where does a skin oil fit in to your skin care routine?

Depending on the brand, and the purpose of the product, they can be used INSTEAD of a classic SERUM or OVER a SERUM. If your skin is both dry and dehydrated, you can use a facial oil over your moisturising serum and under your cream. Both during the DAY and at NIGHT. If your skin is oily/combination or “out of balance”, you can use a regulating skin oil instead of a serum AT NIGHT.


Many facial oils use (precious) botanical – meaning plant based – extracts. Some use high-tech active ingredients like RETINOL.

Whatever oil you choose to use, make sure you use only VERY VERY LITTLE of your product.A FEW DROPS will do! Less is more, in his case.

For myself, I like to use both.This is what I would advise you to do also. Have one plant-based and one high-tech. The plant based one will be  the vitalising/correcting one, the other one will bring you the “anti-ageing” benefits. Make sure there is no MINERAL OIL in your product. Mineral oil could clog your pores and prevent precious ingredients to sink deep into your skin. Silicone is not a problem for me, although most botanical facial oils tend to avoid this ingredient too.

As a facial oil does NOT REPLACE your SERUM, make sure you keep using a good (moisurizing/hyaluronic) serum also. If you like to use your facial oil OVER your serum, make sure it is a water-based one, as any creamy texture will prevent your skin oil to sink in deep into your skin.

A few examples of facial oils that are worth the try :

Plant based;

  • Clarins Huile Santal (dry skin), Lotus (oily/combination skin) and Orchidee Bleue (dehydrated skin)
  • Primavera Moisturizing 3-in-1 Face Oil (if you have budget issues, try to get this one)


  • Klapp Faciol Oil with Retinol

This represents the ones I’ve tested so far: more reviews will follow.


A question that I’ve been asked many, many times is : “how much product should I use to make sure I’m taking care of my skin without wasting any (precious) product ?”

The answer to this question is, that this depends on the type of product. As a guideline :

  • Cleanser:take a 10-Eurocent piece (I suppose it would be “pence” in UK, or let’s say; two nuts) in your handpalms. One quick wipe to spread it onto both your handpalms en straight on the skin with flat hands. Massage for a few seconds, then rinse/take off. I always recommend using a washcloth (see my blog on washcloths).
  • Day/Nightcream:one nut size for face and neck. If you treat your décolletage too, take half a nut extra.
  • Sunblock:Difficult one, as dermatologists tell us to use it abundantly. But this often becomes sticky. Oil-free and “dry-touch” textures work well for this reason!
  • Serum:serums are concentrates, so use sparingly. One pea-size is ok.
  • Ampoules:are meant to be a single dosage, but in my experience this can be a bit too much. There’s no harm in using it in two times : morning and evening, for example. Make sure to use it up within 24 hours.
  • Eyecream:one pea-size for both eye contours is fine.
  • Facial oil:if you use one, use it very sparingly ! Less is certainly more here. Take two to three drops in your handpalms and “press” it into your skin.
  • Bodylotion:here you know best what works for you. Dry skins need more. Also depends on the texture (“richness”) of the product.