What Comes First: Face Oil or Face Moisturizer?

What Comes First: Face Oil or Face Moisturizer?

You've watched hours of makeup tutorials, unboxing hauls, online product reviews, you've read the articles, you've been on self-care reddit, and you've assembled your own personal skincare product hall of fame. But even after all the research, knowing what order to apply your skincare products in can be a stressful point of confusion.


Taking care of your skin involves a delicate balance of products and a meticulous routine. With each new product or technique added another decision point arises. One persistent conundrum that consistently crops up in the world of skincare is the debate over whether to apply face oil before or after moisturizer.


So we've got our question: Do you put face oil on before or after moisturizer? We have a hypothesis about the answer but let's take a deeper look.


The order of your application can really impact how effective your products are. So let's dive into the Why behind applying face oil or face moisturizer first and understand the scientific reasoning behind it all.


Do You Put Face Oil on Before or After Moisturizer?

Before getting into the order of application, it's good to understand the difference between face oil and face moisturizer:


Face Moisturizers

Face moisturizers primarily focus on hydrating your skin using a blend of botanicals, organic oils, and hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid. They lock in moisture, prevent dehydration, and provide a protective barrier for your skin.


A great example is our Daydreamer Natural Face Moisturizer. Powered by shea butter and jojoba oil, this natural formula soothes irritated skin, increases microcirculation for brighter skin, and seals in moisture for all day hydration.


Daydreamer Natural Face Moisturizer's Key Ingredients that keep your skin feeling hydrated include:

  • Vitamin E: Shields your skin from premature aging caused by pollution by neutralizing free radicals.
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: A moisture-locking powerhouse that maintains skin's plumpness and deep hydration.
  • Geranium Flower Water: Extracted alongside essential oils from geranium, this soothing substance helps to effectively calm sunburns, rashes, and various skin conditions.
  • Cocoa Seed Butter: Derived from the process of making chocolate, this natural ingredient forms a protective barrier on the skin's surface, slowing down water loss and keeping your skin hydrated.


Face Oils

Also sometimes known as face serums, face oils on the other hand, are formulated with a concentration of oils rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They penetrate deeply into the skin, nourishing and revitalizing it, often targeting specific concerns like dryness, fine-lines, or environmental damage.


For an overall regenerative and recuperative hydrating experience, our High Society Face Oil is an absolute moisturizing go-to treatment. Its natural ingredient list blends and compliments perfectly with any skincare routine so it's easy to see why people would wonder about using face oil or moisturizer first.


High Society Face Oil has a plethora of naturally potent parts that include:

  • Marula Oil: Extracted from the nutrient-rich marula tree fruit kernels, it replenishes skin moisture levels. With a high content of oleic acid, it absorbs quickly, leaving you radiantly glowing no matter your skin type.
  • Jojoba Oil: Resembling our skin's natural sebum, it steps in to hydrate when our skin's natural moisture levels dip below their optimal state.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Cold-pressed to ensure maximum efficacy, it delivers stable vitamins to your skin. Because its packed with omega fatty acids, it visibly diminishes signs of environmental damage.


The Debate: Face Oil Before or After Moisturizer?

So does face oil go before or after moisturizer?


There's no shortage of opinions on skincare routine order. To get the best results for, you we recommend applying face oil after face moisturizer. Here's why:

  1. Locking in Moisture: Face moisturizers act as a hydrating base, prepping the skin by providing essential moisture. Applying a face oil afterward helps seal in this hydration, preventing moisture loss and maximizing the benefits of both products.
  2. Enhanced Absorption: Moisturizers are lighter in consistency than most serums or face oils, by applying them first, you prepare a foundation for better absorption of the subsequent serum, allowing the face oil to penetrate deeper into the skin, delivering its nourishing properties as effectively as possible.
  3. Forming a Barrier: Face oils, when applied over moisturizer, form a protective barrier that helps retain the hydration provided by the moisturizer. This barrier also shields the skin from pesky external irritants and aggressors, like pollution or harsh weather conditions.


The Science Behind the Sequence

The effectiveness of skincare products often hinges on their ability to penetrate the skin barrier. Because overall face oil molecules are larger than that of moisturizers, when applied after moisturizer, face oils work to seal in the smaller particles of the moisturizer, ensuring your hydration stays locked in place.


Optimizing Your Skincare Routine

Here's a step-by-step guide to incorporating face oil after moisturizer:

  • Cleanse: Begin your skincare routine with a gentle cleanse to restart fresh and remove impurities.
  • Apply Moisturizer: Use a dime-sized amount of Daydreamer Face Moisturizer massage it into freshly cleansed skin.
  • Wait: Allow a few minutes for the moisturizer to fully absorb into your skin.
  • Apply Face Oil: Take 2-4 drops of High Society Face Oil serum and gently press it onto your skin, focusing on areas of concern or dryness.
  • Lock it In: Pat the oil into your skin, allowing it to create a protective barrier and lock in the moisture from the moisturizer.



Ultimately, the sequence of applying face oil after face moisturizer isn't just a matter of preference; it's rooted in science and can hyper-charge the effectiveness of your skincare routine.


Like in science the order of operation matters: By sticking to this routine order, you can optimize the absorption of your favorite products, ensure deeper hydration, and get the full benefits out of both your face oil and moisturizer. By playing to the strengths of each product you'll be on your way to the results we all want: smoother, more nourished, and hydrated skin.


Try experimenting today with this double dose of hydration technique and see if you make a new radiant skincare discovery!