Most facial moisturisers (or any moisturisers for that matter) are made up of 60 to 80 percent water, oils, emulsifiers, scent (either essential oils or synthetics) and preservatives.
My facial moisturiser is one hundred percent oil. I know, I can hear you gasping at the thought of putting straight oils on the face. But remember, if you use a moisturiser already it almost certainly contains oils. I've even seen 'oil free' moisturisers that contain oils by other names.
So, if you're already applying oils to your face this is really a question of which oils are used and in what dose. Depending on the richness of your moisturiser or the time of year or your climate controlled environment you will use more or less moisturiser. The water in your formula will evaporate and you will be left with the emollience contributed by oils.
I choose my oils for a range of reasons. Here's some of those in my latest moisturising serum:
Black Sesame Oil: rich in antioxidants, contains lecithin, proteins and vitamins a,d and e.
Olive Squalane: Often referred to as “mother nature’s face lift”, Squalane is found in human sebum at a level of 12 per cent - emollient and good penetrating qualities (source Aussie Soap Supplies)
Camelia oil: Camellia oil is high in oleic acid (oleic up to 80 % and linoleic acid 9 %) and rich in Vitamins A, B, and E, which provide antioxidant, disinfectant and germicidal properties. (source New Directions)
Rosehip oil: a very rich source of essential fatty acids – in fact it is 80 percent fatty acids. These are vital for regenerating skin cells, and repairing skin tissue.
Evening Primrose oil: (or star flower oil) contains gamma linolenic acid, which is thought to play an important role in maintaining healthy skin. Some studies have suggested that it is lacking in some people with eczema. Evening primrose oil is applied directly. (source Better Health Channel)
Meadowfoam oil: provides ultra violet protection, moisturises and provides a protective skin barrier
Jojoba oil: Jojoba’s similarity to sebum allows it to penetrate and moisturise the skin’s deeper layers wthout clogging pores and the skin is still able to breathe easily (source Jojoba naturally)
Essential oils: lavender, lemon, frankincense premium, rose maroc absolute and vitamin E (professionally formulated by Sydney Essential Oils for normal skin)
So - the trick is to choose fabulous facial oils and use them in small amounts. I use just one tiny squirt from my airless pump and spread that over my whole face. This spreads particularly well straight after a shower, however I can also get excellent coverage by wetting my hands lightly, adding one squirt and spreading.
Using an oil in the daytime under makeup works well for me. I have no trace of oiliness and people often remark that my skin looks good.
My beauty tip? Water for the inside and oil for the outside, for the best your skin can be.