Wondering how and when to use facial oils in your skincare routine? You’re not alone. We generally offer two different recommendations. You can choose your own adventure based on whether or not you’re using a serum:

1. If you are mixing serum and face oil, our recommendation is to mix face oil and serum together and apply after toning, and before moisturizing.

  • Step 1: Cleansing: Our Blue Clay Cleansing Bar is gentle enough for facial use and helps to remove everyday impurities.
  • Step 2: Masking: If you’re using a water-based serum that, unlike Prism, does not resurface the skin, it is safe to apply an exfoliating mask at this time, like Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial, after the cleansing step. Otherwise, skip this step.
  • Step 3: Toning: Freshen your complexion with a daily toner like our Jasmine Green Tea Toner, giving your skin a boost of suppleness after cleansing.
  • Step 4: Facial oil + serum: Apply a light, quick-absorbing face oil with ingredients that fight inflammation daily and after masking, like soothing Blue Tansy in our Lapis Facial Oil. When using an exfoliating water-based serum such as Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum, gently mix a few drops of serum and a few drops of oil together between the hands and apply. 

If you’re using an exfoliating mask like Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial, or if serums aren’t for you, skip your exfoliating serum that day. The skin needs time to recover after having been exfoliated, so using additional exfoliating ingredients too soon after resurfacing can cause irritation and oil overproduction. 

2. On masking or no-serum days, we recommend applying face oil as the last step in your routine:

  • Step 1: Cleansing: Wash your complexion with a gentle cleanser like our Pink Clay Cleansing Bar, which doesn’t overstrip the skin before masking.
  • Step 3: Toning: Rehydrate and soften your skin after masking with our Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist’s blend of nourishing Coconut Water and softening Hyaluronic Acid ingredients.
  • Step 4: Moisture: Apply a daily moisturizer after toning to give the skin youthful softness and nourishment.
  • Step 6: Facial oil: Apply any face oil after completing all of these steps for glowing moisture that lasts all day. Lapis Face Oil is lightweight and oil-controlling, for clearer, more radiant skin over time.

At the end of the day, what matters is how your skincare routine works for your unique skin. Feel free to mix and match Herbivore serums with any of the Herbivore face oils, and the same applies to face oils and moisturizers. Mix your favorites to find your own perfect potion.


Using a face oil with a serum:

Blue Clay Cleansing Bar

Jasmine Green Tea Toner

Lapis Face Oil with Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum

Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment

Using face oil with a mask or without a serum:

Pink Clay Cleansing Bar

Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist

Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask or Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial

Lapis Face Oil

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