new to facial oils? how to smoothly introduce oils into your skincare routine

In a recent Instagram poll, we discovered that many of you are completely new to using oils in your skincare routine.

We get it! For a lot of people, using oils is a scary and counter-intuitive concept. Trust me, I started from the beginning too. Prior to discovering all of the benefits of oils, I exclusively searched for “oil-free” claims on skincare labels. Over the course of many years, I discovered that many oil-free products weren't actually helping to heal my acne-prone skin…they were actually making my skin more sensitive and irritated!

That’s why, in this post, we want to address two key questions:

Why should I use facial oils? What’s the best way to start using them? 

First, let’s talk about the why.

Why switch to oil-based skincare?

The ideal pH-level for our skin should be around 5-6 (slightly acidic). Washing your face with traditional cleansers may strip your skin of its natural oils and protecting acid mantle, making our skin’s pH-levels too alkaline (pH-level over 7). This over-dryness stimulates the oil glands to produce more sebum, leading to extra oily or clogged skin. This can also leave skin more vulnerable to environmental stressors.

Using an oil cleanser leaves the pH-level of our skin undisturbed. The oils help pull out impurities while still protecting our acid mantle. You’ll cleanse your face of all the bad stuff, stay hydrated, and keep all the good oils that you’re producing all on your own.

***Random (or not so random) fact: We get this question a lot, but there is no measurable pH-level of our oils. Why? Well, pH-level is a measure of the hydrogen concentration in water-based formulas. Since our oil-based products contain no water, there is no pH-level (our oils are insoluble in water)! As for our toners, our Organic Rosewater has a pH-level of ~5, while our Raspberry Vinegar has a pH-level of ~3.5. They are slightly acidic for a reason…so we can achieve the right pH balance! More on why I believe you NEED to be using a toner here

 

benefits of oil-based moisturizers

on dry skin

Oils keep dry skin hydrated and protected much longer. Water-based lotions typically aren’t moisturizing enough for people with dry skin. Not to mention, organic and plant-based oils can deliver much needed vitamins and minerals to our skin. 

on oily skin

Oily skin often occurs as a defense mechanism to balance out skin that's lacking in moisture. Facial oils that are pure and rich in vitamins actually help to balance sebum and oily skin. How does that work? The fatty acids and natural oils on your skin signal to your sebaceous glands that it has enough moisture to stay hydrated. This helps prevent the overproduction of sebum.

It’s counterintuitive, but it’s true! Using oils helps balance oily skin.

on acne-prone skin

I know this might seem scary and contrary to everything we used to hear, but using facial oils on acne can be soothing!  Nutrient-rich, plant-based oils not only help to balance skin’s sebum production, but they can also be nourishing for this skin type. Drying your skin out is not the answer!

So now that we know why it’s good to use oils for all different skin types…

 

...what’s the best way to start incorporating oils into your skincare routine? 

Keep in mind that abrupt and huge changes in your skincare routine can impact your skin and disrupt it’s balance in the short-term. As such, I always recommend being thoughtful and gradual with new introductions. This is particularly important if you are changing the TYPE of skincare you’re using (water-based vs. oil-based).

If you were previously using oil-based products, your face is probably already primed for cocokind and you shouldn’t have to deal with much of a transition process.  However, if you were using water-based or traditional skincare products, I recommend transitioning gradually to our organic, oil-based products (so you don’t shock your skin)!

In addition to being thoughtful about the transition, we have some tips on how best to carefully start off your oil-based skincare journey. 

 

best practices for oil beginners

1. start at night

Nighttime is the ideal time to introduce new products into your skincare routine. Our skin reaches peak absorbency while we are sleeping, making it the perfect time to try and use new products! Plus, you know your skin will be undisturbed by external factors (pollutants, UV radiation, environmental toxins, etc.).

 

2. try mixing oils with a toner so they feel lighter

Combining your facial oil with a hydrosol toner helps with quicker absorbency. If you’ve been using water-based lotions, using oils might initially feel overwhelming or slightly heavy on the skin. The best way to lessen that feeling is to mix an oil with our toners. The oil will feel lighter! 

For oil cleansing, apply two pumps of our facial cleansing oil to a cotton pad and then spray 2-3 mists of either off our toners to the pad too. Wipe the mixture all over your face until there is no residue left!

For oil moisturizing, simply put a few drops of one of our oils into your palm and spray 1-2 mists of our rosewater facial toner into the mix. Combine both in your palm and massage the combo onto your face. Feel free to spray some additional toner onto your face after to finish!

 

3. take days off

Start off by implementing oils a few nights a week or every other day to allow your skin to transition. Rome was not built in a day and it’s ok to slowly introduce the products while still using your old products on off days. Simply listening to your skin will help you know when the time is right to make the full transition!

 

4. build your oil tolerance with lighter weight oils

A little goes a long way for oils to be effective. Start by using half the recommended amount if you’re nervous about feeling too oily! As your skin adjusts and you start to build a tolerance, you’ll be able to use more oils – both in quantity and in different types of oils.

We recommend starting with our golden elixir, as it is our most lightweight and fast-absorbing oil. Sacha Inchi oil from Peru is the star ingredient of this product - it's high in omega 3 and 6, which help to nourish the skin’s barrier while providing the perfect amount of moisture.

The raspberry jasmine oil is also super lightweight. This one comes in a roller bottle, which lets you give yourself a light facial massage as you apply it, while also helping you control how much you're using.

Once you get used to these lighter weight oils, feel free to experiment with others. Everyone’s skin is different, so experimenting on your own skin to figure out what works best for you is extremely important!

 

5. Decongest with an exfoliator or mask

Especially in the beginning of your transition, we suggest frequently decongesting your skin with a gentle natural exfoliant like our sea moss exfoliator and using deeply cleansing masks like our chlorophyll mask. Since both of these products are super gentle, you can use them as much as you like during your transition to oils (I recommend 4x per week, especially in the beginning).

Together, these two treatments help purify the skin and eliminate dead skin cells and excess oil from the surface. This allows for absorption of our facial oils that won’t overwhelm your skin.

 

6. Give your skin time to adjust!

Despite doing all of the above, oil-based skincare is so different from traditional skincare that you might still experience temporary breakouts. This is extremely common, don’t worry!

Like with any transition, give it some time. We recommend giving yourself at least 2-4 weeks to re-balance your skin. I know that sounds like a big range, but it all depends on how your individual skin reacts, what you were using before, and how you incorporate it into your new routine.

I’ve heard some customers see a difference immediately (like next day immediate), whereas some customers have had to adjust their skin for months.

However long it may take to transition, the results can be oh-so-worth-it! 

 

7. keep other life factors as constant as possible (and avoid PMS week)

It’s best to keep other life factors relatively constant while you’re changing to an oil-based skincare routine. Stay away from making extreme changes to your lifestyle at the same time (i.e. don’t do it on a week you know you’ll be burning the midnight oil every day, or doing a bone broth cleanse).

The state of your skin can be impacted by diet, sleep, travel, weather, hormones, and more. Big changes to any of those factors can have a huge affect on your skin (potentially more so than a new oil skincare product!).

And for my fellow hormonal-acne-peeps, avoid making this introduction during PMS week. Because, well, you know why.

 

8. know that your skin is unique

Keep in mind there are so many factors that affect the health of our skin, from genetics to environment, diet, and hormone levels. Everyone has different skin and what may work for one person may not for the next. While hearing what works or doesn’t work for your friend (or from me) may be helpful, ultimately, your skin is unique and you should listen to you, first.

At cocokind, we aren’t about recommending a strict skincare regime. Do what works for you, when it works. Whether its using oils twice a day, or twice a week, it’s ok to customize and listen to your gut (and face).

 

that’s it!

We hope this post was encouraging for all our readers that are new to using oils! For a comprehensive run through of how to use all of our specific products, check out my post on how to use cocokind! We know it can be daunting, but the tips above should help make your transition as smooth as possible. As always feel free to leave a comment or send us questions at info@cocokind.com.

Happy hump day!

-Priscilla and the cocokind team


15 Comments

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Alex on

Switching to facial oil was the single best thing I did for my skin! It does take a little bit getting adjusted but it’s so worth it.

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cocokind on

Hi Kathleen! You can absolutely use a water or cream-based moisturizer if it works for you! Though we advocate for oil-based skincare, we’re also all about listening to your skin, and if that’s what makes it feel best, go for it!

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Kathleen on

I was referred to your products form a friend and have been using your products consistently for about 4 months. I really like how they make my skin feel, and I do think that they have helped with my skin texture. The only thing is that I really love and miss lotions. I am enjoying the oils, but miss the feeling of a cool, hydrating, lotion on my face especially at night. I know you suggest sticking with a fully oil based routine, and say that staying consistent with that is recommended. However I wanted to find out if in your opinion adding a lotion at the end of my routine (especially at night) would interfere with all the goodness your products are doing. If you feel they won’t interfere too badly, do you have any suggestions on face lotion products that are good and clean like your products? I am in my late 20’s so am always looking for moisturizing and anti aging products.

Thanks!

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cocokind on

Hi Susan! You can find us in Whole Foods or Target – there’s also a full list of our retailers here: https://www.cocokind.com/pages/stockists :)

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Susan hanson on

Are these products sold in any stores? Or just on line.

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Susan hanson on

Are these products sold in any stores? Or just on line.

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Carrie on

I started using these products about two months ago and ohh myyyy. I love them! My question is this- im 5 months pregnant and started getting eczema all over my chin and nose, lots of redness and dry patches . What are the best products to treat? My skin is normally so dry and I feel like it needs more than the chia oil. Thanks in advance!

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cocokind on

Hi Matalie! For breakouts, I’d recommend the raspberry vinegar toner, the chlorophyll mask, and the turmeric stick.

The oils are more for hydration so your skin doesn’t dry out and start overproducing oil, which can lead to breakouts. Hope this helps!

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cocokind on

Hi Maya! Glad it was helpful to you :) And it’s great to be vigilant about sun care- we don’t currently carry a sunscreen but the brands we recommend are Goddess Garden, Suntegrity, and Coola!

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cocokind on

Hi Naomi! The oil to milk cleanser should be totally fine for acne prone skin since it’s gentle and won’t upset your skin’s moisture balances. We also have a blog post about how to tell if your skin is purging or reacting negatively to products, so I’d definitely check that out as well!

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Matalie on

what is the best way to treat breakouts with your oils?

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Maya Rogers on

I’m new to cocokind and have had oily, acne-probes skin, and now as I’m getting a little older, I’ve been experiencing dry redness around my cheeks. This article is really helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing how my skin balances out from hiding oil-based products. Do you have a recommendation for “sunscreen” in your line of products? I’m concerned about exposure to sun after the using facial oils. Thank you!

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Naomi on

Wow, you guys really read my mind with this one! I recently got a BUNCH of your products and kinda went crazy and transitioned all at once, then started breaking out (tho the turmeric stick shrinks them, it still sucked to see new pimples) I was getting afraid that my skin just didn’t like the products. I’ve been trying to get rid of my acne for 8 years now :/
It’s good to know that the breakouts may just be temporary. I think I probably should’ve held off on moisturizing until I got used to the cleanser.
I’m just wondering if I should use oil to milk cleanser or regular oil cleanser for my super acne-prone skin? I got the trial oil cleanser and couldn’t get used to the process. Then I tried oil to milk and I love the process but worry about breakouts. I just want to use what is better for acne.

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cocokind on

Hi Patti! Mature skin will love the oil to milk cleanser and I’d also recommend moisturizing with the chia facial oil to increase suppleness!

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Patti on

Any suggestions for women over 60 using your products. I am using the facial cleansing oil and rosewater toner. I like the sea moss exfoliator. I just ordered the cleansing milk and elixir oil trial. My face feels dry not supple. Any suggestions?

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