Facial Oil 101


Facial Oil can be a daunting product to those of us who have never used it before. However, it is one of our hero products for a reason! We rounded up some of the most commonly asked questions about facial oil for you below. 

How is oil good for my skin?

Oils have been used for centuries to protect, heal, and nourish the skin. Yes, that includes acne-prone skin. Of course, there are certain oils you should avoid, but the right facial oil targeted for your skin type can work wonders to create a glowing and clear complexion.

How do facial oils work?

Facial oils act as an emollient or an occlusion. An emollient softens and soothes the skin and occlusion is a moisturizing agent that creates a barrier on the layer of your skin to create a barrier so that you don’t lose moisture throughout the day. Depending on the facial oil you use, you will apply it at the beginning or the end of your skincare routine, which mostly depends on whether it is an emollient or occlusion, so be sure to read the instructions for results!

What ingredients should I avoid?

It’s best to avoid any synthetic oil, such as mineral oil (also listed as Petrolatum, Liquid paraffin, Paraffin oil). Opt for natural, cold-pressed oils that not only have a silky texture but actually work to correct and heal your skin.

It is also important to avoid formulas with water. Oils are used to lock in moisture in your skin, so water would be detrimental. Also, with water comes preservatives. Preservatives should never be in facial oil since they can be toxic to your skin.

Which facial oil works best for my skin type?

For dry skin, use a nourishing facial oil, for best results after a serum and/or moisturizer. The oil will lock in the moisture from the previous skincare steps and provide a protective layer to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Maapilim’s formula uses a combination of borage oil, evening primrose oil, and coconut triglyceride which also provides the skin with healing properties to help with any irritation and flaking.

For oily skin, facial oil can be extremely beneficial because it helps reduce excessive sebum (oil) production, especially when jojoba and grapeseed oil are used. The balancing facial oil uses both oils, in combination with squalane, myrrh, and rosemary, which are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to reduce breakouts and blemishes that come with oily skin.

For irritated skin, it is important to use a gentle base. Maapilim’s founder, Jonathan Keren, created a clearing facial oil with a cucumber seed oil base that is extremely soothing, and manuka and tea tree oils which provide a high dosage of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to heal and clear skin.

If you’re looking to improve your skin’s overall health, use the combination facial oil, which is basically the swiss-army knife of facial oils. It is formulated coconut triglyceride, sweet almond and jasmine, and is designed to quickly go deep and promote a healthy microbiome for the widest range of skin types and conditions, perfect for hormonal skin flare-ups or mixed skin types.