So, I’m very excited to announce that for the next three or four weeks, I’m doing a new series on Love, Soph called skincare saturdays in which I discuss my favourite skincare bits at the moment, what skincare works for me and other skincare related bits. Obviously I don’t want to ruin the surprise of all the posts for you, hence the ambiguity, but I’ve been looking forward to this series for some time now, and I decided to start off the first week with a topic I often wonder about:
Should I use a moisturiser or a facial oil?
As someone with relatively dry skin, I use both and use them regularly – I find myself constantly topping up on moisturiser throughout the day if I’m at home without makeup, and I’m almost always slathering facial oils onto my face every evening when my skin feels super dry and tight.
However, I’ve surely got to have a favourite choice and a product I prefer to use over the other. In this post, I’m going to talk you through my opinions on both and the benefits they have for my skin – or what they’re lacking in to make them the perfect choice for me!
This has to be my most commonly used product in my skincare routine as a whole, which would be a moisturiser. I’ve loved this simple one for a very long time – it’s my trusty drugstore fave and I know it’s always going to make my skin feel hydrated and soft, which is exactly what I look for in a moisturiser.
Some other notable favourites moisturiser wise would have to be Garnier’s moisture bomb, and this Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturising Mask, which I’ve spoken about lots on my blog before. Whether or not a mask can count as a moisturiser is probably up to personal preference; I use this as a moisturiser on days where my skin is less than perfect and needs a real boost!
One of my favourite things about the moisturisers I tend to use are that they’re all drugstore moisturisers, making them really affordable – I’ve never felt the need to leap into high end skincare when it comes to moisturiser, because drugstore ones are just perfect for me. They give me a boost of hydration, sit perfectly under my makeup and whenever my skin is feeling a little dry or tight throughout the day, I know I can top up and they won’t overload my skin and clog up my pores.
However, my only downside to moisturiser in it’s cream forms, is that it doesn’t seem to have very long lasting effects. As soon as I put it on, my face feels super moisturisedI’m and hydrated, but after I’ve slept all night long I rarely wake up thinking that my face feels just as soft as it did when I was going to bed. Even with a primer, my makeup can go patchy throughout the day and cling to dry patches around my nose, and moisturisers never seem to be able to clear up the dryness on my skin in these areas.
There’s no doubt about it – facial oils are a luxurious treat for dry skin in comparison to moisturiser, and I know that when I put on Urban Veda’s facial oil (which I reviewed here – it has remained a firm favourite since October) my dry face will be sorted almost instantly.
I usually see results overnight with these two oils – my nose and skin in general is significantly less dry, and when I wake up my skin still feels soft and hydrated as it did when I went to bed. I only ever use oils at night, because the texture is far too heavy for the daytime though, which is a shame considering the benefits they give me.
Most facial oils are higher end, I’m yet to find a drugstore one (which isn’t coconut oil) and therefore this makes them less affordable, and so I don’t feel as though I can use them as readily as moisturiser simply because I don’t want to waste them. I also really dislike the heavy, greasy feeling that comes with some oils; my face is practically soaking in the oil and it’s all over my hands, if I sleep then it’ll probably go in my hair too. Also, while I love the scents of most oils (they’re really relaxing) I find that they linger on bedding and clothing for ever. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of that as I prefer my bedding smelling fresh and clean, rather than last night’s skincare!
SO, WHAT DO I THINK?
I think that I prefer moisturisers for a more daily use. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good treat with a facial oil but I prefer the non-greasy feel of a moisturiser, and the instant boost of hydration it gives me! I also love to keep my face moisturised constantly, and cream moisturisers let me do this easily. Plus, I much prefer the more affordable price point of a good drugstore moisturiser!
What are your thoughts on oils and moisturisers – what do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed the first instalment to Skincare Saturdays! I’d love you to leave me some post suggestions you would like to see!