With fears of clogged pores or a greasy complexion, face oils are one of those tricky skincare categories that often get a bad rap. Contrary to what many might believe, oils are actually perfect for warmer weather, as they are lighter than a majority of creams. In short: Oils are the perfect base to moisturize your skin, particularly when they're derived from pure plant oils (like our Aromatherapy Associates Face Oils). The magical thing about oils is that they are a complete multitasking wonder. A tiny drop will absorb instantly and seamlessly bring out the glow in every skin type, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, assist with skin recovery and soothe parched, dehydrated skin in the process. The end result: Plump and radiant skin that feels nourished, healed and hydrated, and anything but greasy! Below are a few tips on how to utilize them in your beauty routine.

Tip #1: Look for a facial oil packed with antioxidants
When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, antioxidants reign supreme. Not only do antioxidants neutralize free-radical damage caused by sun exposure, pollutants and other environmental aggressors, they also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and inflammation. Since you'll likely be spending more time outside, it's wise to protect your skin against external factors that can accelerate your skin's natural aging process with blends that help to fortify and strengthen your skin's barrier.

Tip #2: Opt for a lightweight, non-greasy formula
In the summer months, temperatures are more likely to be hot and humid. This may in turn, cause your skin to experience more oil and sweat. You may think avoiding products with oil will help, but that is not necessarily true. Using face oil in the morning is a good strategy to help reduce excess sebum production, while helping your skin become hydrated and nourished without becoming congested.

Tip #3: Give your moisturizing routine a glow-boost
Aromatherapy Associates luxurious, lightweight and non-greasy formulas can bring the look of a healthy, youthful glow to your skin. One of the best ways to do that is to apply face oil after applying serum - then your favorite moisturizer. Top tip: Face oils can create the perfect summer highlights by applying it directly on top of makeup on the upper cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.

Tip #4: Apply a face oil at night to repair and hydrate your complexion
Face oils - often enriched with vitamins and ingredients that moisturize, help with the cellular renewal process when your skin cells are already in repair mode. It creates a protective layer that traps in the moisture you need and can even act as a carrier for your other treatment products to penetrate deep into the layers of the dermis where they are more effective. Top tip: If you have a bit left on your hands after application, take what's left and push it into the cuticles for a nourishing hand treatment.