Episode 19: The Ins and Outs of Face Oil and How to Use it Properly

Reawakening Beauty Podcast by Shawna Patruno

Air Date: Aug 21 2022

There is a face oil out there for everyone! Today, Shawna and her podcast guest and fellow skincare expert, Andrea Vlahovich, dive deep into face oils and bust all the myths behind their application


  • Can you explain what exactly a face oil is? 
  • What is one big myth that people need to know about face oils? 
  • What face oils are good for treating acne?
  • How do you use face oils for cleansing, and what kind of oils are good for cleansing? 
  • How would you direct someone, who never used face oil for cleansing, to use it?
  • Could you repeat the oils that are best to cleanse with and those best used to treat acne?
  • What’s a great oil or application tips for those with sensitive skin?
  • Is there anything else you think has been misunderstood about face oils? 
  • Do you want to talk about why the skin needs a face oil before we wrap up?


  • Face oils are formulated lipid-based products with plant and essential oils (for fragrance). They have been used for thousands of years on acne and for other beauty treatments. 
  • With the right face oil, you can improve your acne, reduce oils on naturally oily skin, and fend off signs of aging. 
  • For those with acne-prone skin, rosehip seed or buriti oil are great to use under foundation or with creams. They won’t clog your pores, are rich in linoleic acid, and Vitamin A or its derivatives (like retinol or adapalene). Other products have salicylic acid in them which have exfoliating properties. 
  • Double cleansing with oils and a face wash does an awesome job getting makeup or things like sunscreen off your face. If you like to generously apply oil in your cleansing routine, use jojoba, avocado, hemp seed, or almond oil. These are accessible and affordable. Oil blends work here too. 
  • To double cleanse, use oil and massage it into your skin. Let it sit for a few seconds, and then use a foamy cleanser to wash it off. 
  • If you have sensitive skin, it’s likely you’re reacting to an essential oil in your face oil. Essential oils add aroma to these products. So start with an oil with a single ingredient and test it out behind your ear or on the back of your hand to see how you react. That way the reaction won’t occur so visibly on your face. The types of oil that are best for this kind of skin include sea buckthorn, jojoba, rosehip seed, apricot seed, or hemp seed oils. 
  • For everyday application, use just a bit of oil that is the size of a dime, rub it on damp (not drenched) skin over top of a toner. Your skin is like a sponge, and it absorbs better when it’s a little damp. If oil is pigmented or includes peptides for anti-aging, mix into your moisturizer and apply it directly into your skin. 
  • You can use face oils in place or with your moisturizer during the day or night. 
  • The lipid barrier on our skin gets damaged regularly by various things like our environment or the sun. It requires regular replenishment. That’s why facial oils are so important. These oils provide protection, moisturize, and are made of antioxidants which help neutralize the damaging effects of pollution and other free radicals. 
  • Ease into face oil routine, just like an exercise routine.







In 2020, after turning 30 years old and having more time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Angie decided to marry her passion for skincare with sustainability and formed Imaya Beauty. Angie runs the business on her own out of the Junction Triangle neighbourhood of Toronto.  

Angie studied at the University of Ottawa, City University of Hong Kong, and Queens’ University. She worked in labour relations and as a sourcing consultant for an organic food startup. Her work with Amazonian agro-ecology organizations led to her discovery of the locally known Aguaje fruit, which has beneficial properties for the skin and is critical to the ecological health of the Amazon Rainforest. 

Sustainability, transparency and authenticity are her core values and these values are reflected in her brand.


SPEAKER WEBSITE: https://www.imayabeauty.com/pages/our-story