I remember when Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil first launched. I was working at a magazine at the time, and the skin care oil trend was blowing up — all the mainstream brands were clamoring to get one on the market.
The Bobbi Brown version felt lovely. However, there was absolutely zero chance I was going to put it on my face. Oil on my acne-prone skin? That seemed like a terrible idea.
It wasn’t until I came across Sundari Essential Oil for Oily Skin that I dared to try a skin care oil for myself. This felt different since the formula is extremely light, the instructions call for only two drops (how much damage could that do?) and the website explains that peppermint helps control skin’s oil production. Of course I was hesitant the first night I used it, but when I woke up to glowing, even skin I knew it was the oil — and I haven’t looked back since.
- 6 skin and body products from People’s Beauty Awards
- 1. Best face oil for acne: Tea tree oil
- 2. Best face oil for oily skin: Grapeseed oil
- 3. Best face oil for anti-aging: Argan oil
- 4. Best face oil for skin repair: Black currant oil
- 5. Best face oil for sensitive skin: Chamomile oil
- 6. Best face oil for discoloration: Rosehip seed oil
- 7. Best face oil for dry skin: Olive oil
- The Best Clean Face Oils
- The Benefits of Face Oil
- Find Your Perfect Oil
- WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL?
- 7 BEST CARRIER OILS FOR RADIANT SKIN
- HOW TO CHOOSE A CARRIER OIL:
- HOW TO ADD ESSENTIAL OILS TO YOUR SKIN OILS
- WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HEALTHY SKIN?
- Beyond Coconut: 6 Other Natural Oils for Smooth and Radiant Skin
- How to Apply Natural Oils to Your Face and Body
- Organic Oils vs. Essential Oils: Is There a Difference?
- Where to Start With Natural Oils for Skin Care
- Should I apply facial oil before or after moisturizer?
- Can a facial oil help prevent wrinkles?
- How about acne-prone skin?
- The 5 Best Oils for Your Skin
- Coconut oil
- Argan oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Marula oil
- Jojoba oil
- 18 Types of the Best Face Oils For Different Skin Types
- The Best Face Oils According to Your Skin Type
- Dry Skin
- Oily Skin
- Acne-Prone Skin
- Combination Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- 8 Tips to Get The Most Out of Face Oils
6 skin and body products from People’s Beauty Awards
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Despite the popularity of face oils, I realize that there are still plenty of people who are as intimidated as I was. Here’s the key: You have to figure out which face oil is right for your skin, and start slowly with just a drop or two. These seven skin care oils are some of the most popular, and they come highly recommended by experts. Read on to find out which one you should try.
1. Best face oil for acne: Tea tree oil
Even though I was afraid of face oils, I remember using The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil as a blemish spot treatment when I was in high school. It feels and smells more like an astringent than an oil, so it doesn’t have the same ick factor that turned me off with the others. And tea tree oil really works: Studies have found that five percent tea tree oil is as effective at treating acne as five percent benzoyl peroxide. Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann recommends tea tree oil as a gentle, natural alternative to harsher acne treatments.
- 1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $10, Amazon
Also available at Ulta.
This oil contains 15 percent tea tree oil concentrate and helps to target breakouts, remove impurities and mattify skin, according to the brand.
- 2. Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick, $8, Walmart
Also available at Target.
Not only does this product contain tea tree oil and juniper oil, it also comes in an easy to apply stick that is sized to be able to be easily stashed away in a purse.
2. Best face oil for oily skin: Grapeseed oil
If you have oily skin — even if you don’t have acne — you’re probably as averse to oils as I was. In the middle of the afternoon, I need blotting papers or pressed powder — definitely not more oil on my already shiny forehead. But grapeseed oil (like peppermint oil, which I mentioned earlier) can actually help regulate your natural oil production, says holistic skin care expert Cecilia Wong. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants, including skin-brightening vitamin C. Still not convinced? “I often tell people who are interested in skin care oils to start using it on your body and if you like the results, try it on your face,” Wong said.
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- Caudalie Vine Overnight Detox Oil, $50, Macy’s
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With more than 10,000 “loves” on Sephora, this oil is made up of grapeseed oil to regenerate and moisturize, carrot, lavender and white sandalwood oils to detoxify and almond oil, rosemary extract and neroli essential oil to fight fatigue.
3. Best face oil for anti-aging: Argan oil
When I think about Argan oil, supermodel and skin care guru Josie Maran immediately comes to mind. Her entire line is based around this miracle ingredient — and her perfect complexion is proof of how well the stuff works. Argan oil also very rare and expensive — so it’s a good thing that you only need a tiny amount for it to be effective. “If you see 1 ounce of Argan for $15, that’s not right,” said Wong. She adds that cheaper versions may have added ingredients that make them less effective.
- Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, $40, Amazon
Also available for $48 at Sephora.
Argan oil is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing skin. This oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, which are more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants — so it’s great to wear during the day.
4. Best face oil for skin repair: Black currant oil
I asked Wong what she would recommend for a client whose skin had been traumatized in some way — like after a laser treatment, too much time in the sun or even windburn from skiing. Her answer? Black currant oil. It’s her favorite reparative treatment because it’s rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties. It even works on eczema.
- Botanical Beauty Black Currant Seed Oil, $18, Amazon
It’s loaded with fatty acids to help heal itchy, irritated skin.
5. Best face oil for sensitive skin: Chamomile oil
The same way you can drink chamomile tea to relax, you can use chamomile oil to calm your skin. It soothes redness and irritation in a matter of seconds. “It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for patients with rosacea,” says Baumann.
Just be sure to dab some on your wrist and wear it for a day to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction, she says, and be especially careful with organic versions. Since organic ingredients are treated with fewer chemicals, they’re often growing alongside weeds and other allergens, which means organic essential oils are more likely to have traces of those allergens than conventionally farmed varieties. The result? They’re more likely to cause allergic reactions on the skin.
- Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care, $75, Nordstrom
This oil is made up of pure chamomile, sandalwood, sage and lavender oils. Applying five drops each night is supposed to reduce redness, irritations and blotchiness.
6. Best face oil for discoloration: Rosehip seed oil
Mally Steves Chakola, the founder of M. Steves Skincare, first realized the healing power of rose hip seed oil after applying it to an 18-year-old scar for two weeks — it faded significantly. She recommends using it as a boost for your moisturizer — just mix in a few drops before you apply. This is a great option, especially if you’re skeptical about putting oil directly onto your face.
- 1. Pura D’Or Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, $13, Amazon
Rosehip seed oil is know for protecting your skin as well as increasing cell turnover. You can also use this on your hair to help with dry scalp problems.
- 2. Kate Blanc Rosehip Seed Oil, $13, Amazon
With more than 2,600 reviews on Amazon and 4.6 stars, this organic formula might help lessen acne scars, according to the product description.
7. Best face oil for dry skin: Olive oil
We’ve all heard stories about women in Italy bathing in the stuff — and I’m sure they have beautiful skin — but using olive oil as a face oil is the scariest of all. I may have become an oil enthusiast, but I’ve never been able to use this one for anything other than cooking and salad dressing.
However, Baumann loves extra virgin olive oil for patients with very dry skin. (Note the word “very.”) She says you can buy it at the grocery store — just be sure to look for the term “first cold press” on the bottle. (These formulas are higher in antioxidants than other varieties.)
- Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $15, Amazon
Not only is it super moisturizing, olive oil is also rich in compounds like polyphenols, squalene and fatty acids — all of which are meant to be nourishing and help fight aging, according to the brand.
This article was originally published in July 2012.
The Best Clean Face Oils
But will it make me break out?! And: But do I really need another product?! These are the face oil questions. The truth in all but the most extreme cases is, not only will face oil not make you break out, it will absolutely change your life, not to mention your skin. Your skin will look and feel better. You will probably need less makeup. And you will probably need fewer skin-care items altogether.
Perhaps the ultimate skin secret, face oil has been used by indigenous people all over the world in various forms for millennia; nothing lasts that long unless it works. Makeup artists, who love only what makes the person sitting in their chair look (quickly) fantastic, have been slathering it on clients for years; slowly, word spread. (Sophia Loren credits a lifetime of olive-oil baths as one of the reasons her skin remains so beautiful in her eighties.) One of the best-looking older women we’ve ever met, stylist and former model Linda Rodin, has made her fortune late in life by mixing oils in her kitchen to create the runaway success Olio Lusso that launched her entire beauty company.
The Benefits of Face Oil
1. You See Instant Results
No matter your skin type, try face oil for the first time and you’ll see serious benefits right away. Conventional moisturizers, which combine waxes with water and oils, seal moisture in the skin with the wax. But they can also seal out some of the oil and water, not to mention the treatment benefits included in the formula. With oil, it all sinks right in. And most oils are already naturally infused with ingredients like antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids.
2. They’re Beyond Multipurpose
You can use face oil for basic (and really effective) moisturization, but it’s also amazing for makeup touch-ups—instead of adding more makeup, pat some oil on to revive the makeup you’ve already got on. In either case, avoid the T-zone unless you’re the driest person on earth. In a pinch, it’s makeup remover, frizz fighter, cuticle and undereye cream, lip balm…
You really need an oil if you use retinols or other drying or antiblemish products. Treatments like Retin-A, AHA peels or creams, or breakout fighters from astringent toners all the way to prescription Accutane can really help your skin, but they can also seriously dry it out. Face oils return moisture and life to your skin, smoothing lines and soothing it in the process.
On the flip side, even skin that’s decidedly not dry can also benefit from oils. While synthetic and mineral oils are comedogenic and clog pores, most natural plant oils are not. Believe it or not, the right face oil can actually help balance skin.
For super dry skin, massage in some face oil, then layer a rich moisturizer over it. Another layering trick: Pat on face oil, then smooth all-natural mineral SPF over it. The sunscreen seals in the oil a bit, but it also slightly mattifies your skin, so it’s less shiny. You can also use oil just the way you would serum or moisturizer when thinning out foundation or bronzer formulas.
3. Oils Feel Amazing
Moisturizer formulators spend an enormous amount of time, money, and unnecessary (sometimes toxic) ingredients on texture—how it feels when you actually put the moisturizer on your skin. Texture is important: If you don’t love using a product…you tend not to use it. And definitely tend not to buy it again. Oils have a naturally gorgeous, instantly skin-comforting texture—they need no extra ingredients to make them sink in.
4. Clean Face Oils Are Actually Better
While conventional beauty companies have (finally) gotten into the face-oil business, the all-natural, pure options are absolutely superior, not just from a clean perspective, but because a) there’s no improving on perfection—adding in extra ingredients often just dilutes the benefits of the base oils, and b) most clean face-oil makers have been making it much longer than the conventional newbies, and they’ve learned what really works on skin.
Find Your Perfect Oil
Which oil texture you’re going to end up loving depends on you and your skin. Creamier, heavier-feeling oils are great for people with the dry, tends-to-sting sort of sensitive skin. Lighter, instantly absorbing ones work best for people with the oilier, more breakout-prone type of sensitive skin (or those who simply would rather feel like they’ve got nothing on). Here, the nine best face oils we’ve found (and sourced for you!).
WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL?
A carrier oil is usually a plant-based oil extracted from a nut or a seed used to moisturize and heal the skin. It can be used alone or in combination with other oils to find just the right formula for your skin type. High quality essential oils are often added to carrier oils to provide specific therapeutic effects for the skin. See my list of Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type.
These carrier oils are a wonderful way to keep your face looking healthy and hydrated because they give your skin exactly what it wants: healthy oils. Natural oils (because they do not contain any added fillers or chemicals) absorb easily into the skin, protecting the skin’s lipid barrier and preventing moisture from evaporating out of the skin. The top layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells held together by lipids (or oils.) Keeping this layer constantly supplied with healthy oils will protect your skin from the elements and will help your skin to have a beautiful healthy, moisturized glow.
Finding the best oil combination for your skin type can help balance oil production, improve the texture of your skin, and help reduce the signs of aging. With the correct oil for your skin type, clogged pores and oily skin is not an issue. Clogged pores are a result of synthetic oils or oils that are too heavy for your skin (comedogenic.)
7 BEST CARRIER OILS FOR RADIANT SKIN
1. Jojoba Oil:
The most common oil that I recommend is jojoba oil because it is healing and moisturizing for all skin types. Even though it looks and feels just like an oil, it is actually a liquid wax ester made from expeller-pressed jojoba seeds. Jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum in human skin, and the oil can dissolve sebum and carry ingredients deep into the skin. It is very light-weight absorbs quickly into the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
If you struggle with oily skin, jojoba oil is a good option as it will help to dissolve sebum and will carry healing essential oils deep into the pores without leaving our feeling oily or greasy.
2. Rose Hip Seed Oil:
Rose Hip Seed Oil is one of my favorite carrier oils. It is good for dry, aging skin because it is deeply nourishing and regenerating. It is known for it’s firming properties and may improve skin elasticity. Rose hip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and softens and smooths out the skin beautifully. It improves the texture of your skin and calms redness and inflammation. It can also help reduce scarring.
3. Argan Oil:
Argan oil is pressed from the nut of the fruit of the Argan Tree, which is only found in Morocco. Because of the high levels of vitamin E /tocopherols (antioxidants) and saponins (skin-softening agents), argan oil is a wonderful oil for anti-aging. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by restoring the skin`s hydro-lipid layer. It has also been shown to have a tightening effect on the skin. I love this oil because it absorbs so nicely into my skin and does not leave an oily residue.
4. Tamanu Oil:
Tamanu Oil is the oil I recommend for acne-prone skin. It is rich in fatty acids and has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is incredibly healing for irritated/inflamed skin, sunburns, scars, and stretchmarks. A little of this oil goes a long way.
5. Evening Primerose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is a wonderful oil suitable for several skin types. It contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA (gamma-linolenic acid.) Linoleic acid been shown to reduce clogged pores by dissolving sebum and other impurities in the pores. This makes it a good choice for oily and acne-prone skin. The fatty acids in evening prime rose oil also contain anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce redness and irritation.
Evening prime rose oil can be used on dry aging skin as well. The gamma-linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. It is extremely moisturizing, reduces wrinkles and dryness, encourages regeneration of skin cells and keeps skin soft. It has also been used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
6. Avocado Oil:
Avocado Oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E and can be used as a wonderful overall moisturizer. Rich in antioxidants, it can be wonderful for soothing inflammation. It has a high sterolin content. Sterolins are compounds which are anti-inflammatory making avocado oil helpful in healing sun damage and age spots, as well as inflammatory skin conditions like blemishes and eczema.
7. Olive Oil:
Olive oil is a no-brainer as most of us already have some in the kitchen. I have used in many times in my face oils. Olive oil is high in oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid), making it perfect for drier skin. It is a heavier oil that dries a bit more slowly. Just be aware that 2/3 of olive oils tested in the US market were found to be adulterated. Be sure to use only a trusted, good quality olive oil. Kasandrinos is the only olive oil in my kitchen. Always organic. Never adulterated.
HOW TO CHOOSE A CARRIER OIL:
I recommend starting with a base of jojoba oil and adding another oil that is suited for your skin type. For example, I have dry skin so I like to add Argan and Rose Hip Seed oils. If you have acne-prone skin, you could create a combination of jojoba and tamanu oil. Got combination skin? Try jojoba and argan. It’s all about finding what works for your skin.
It may take a bit of experimentation to find just the right combination for your personal skin type. I usually start with an 80% ratio of jojoba and 20% of another oil specific for my skin type. You can adjust this ratio as needed. Several carrier oils can be combined to get the perfect combination.
And quality does matter. I recommend buying the best quality oils that you can find. Your skin is your biggest organ, and everything you put on it absorbs directly into your bloodstream. The best oils are cold-pressed, pure, and unrefined oil with no additives.
HOW TO ADD ESSENTIAL OILS TO YOUR SKIN OILS
Essential oils boost the healing quality to your skin oils. You can target specific skin issues by adding a few drops of 100% pure essential oil specific to your skin type. Essential oils have been used on the skin for centuries for their regenerating and toning properties. They absorb easily into the skin, helping to improve the feel, texture, and look of the skin. Check out Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type.
Please note that I am only talking about good quakity essential oils. There is no standard for essential oils, and so many of the oils you find may be adulterated and can actually contain harmful ingredients.
My essential oil of choice is Young Living Essential Oils. They own their farms and they run a very tight supply chain. I trust their essential oils above all others because they are pure and unadulterated and are manufactured for therapeutic use not just for smell.
I am a wholesale member, meaning that I save 24% on all of my essential oils. Read more here about why I choose Young Living.
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Beyond Coconut: 6 Other Natural Oils for Smooth and Radiant Skin
How to Apply Natural Oils to Your Face and Body
“When you’re applying natural oils, you really have to make a distinction between the face and the body,” Katta says. “I don’t tend to recommend these types of oils for acne, just because oils could clog your pores and make acne worse. But for that same woman who has acne on her face, coconut oil would be a great moisturizer for her body.”
Finding out how much oil suits your needs may require a little trial and error. While there is no research regarding the amount of oil that should be used as a moisturizer, your skin will tell you when enough is enough. If it feels too greasy, that means it hasn’t all been absorbed.
Organic Oils vs. Essential Oils: Is There a Difference?
Many people have olive oil, coconut oil, or sunflower seed oil in their kitchen cabinet. But can the same oils you cook with be applied to your face? Katta confirms that organic and unrefined products are your best bet. “The kind of coconut oil that you cook with has a higher smoke point , so it’s a little bit better for cooking, but in order to refine it, you may be taking out some of the chemicals that may actually have beneficial properties,” she says. For that reason, Katta recommends extra-virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil for hair and skincare, versus more refined products.
On the other hand, though essential oils, such as tea tree, argan, and lemon oil, are also increasingly common ingredients in skincare products, they are more likely to produce allergic reactions than olive and coconut oil, Katta says. “Tea tree oil has developed a reputation for being a great sort of antibacterial, antifungal ingredient. It does have those properties, but you really have to use it very carefully,” she says.
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She warns that in some cases, the effects of tea tree oil on skin could be dangerous. “I would never use it on open skin, because I have seen people develop allergic reactions when they were using it on cracks in the skin from eczema, for example.”
While she would not recommend that people with very sensitive skin ever use essential oils on their skin, she says that for most people, they should be safe to use — as long as they are used properly. “You have to diffuse them quite a bit,” she says. “You might use a couple of drops in a carrier, like coconut oil, and for most people, that would probably be fine,” she says. A carrier oil acts as a neutral base for an essential oil to dilute them before application or cooking.
Katta cautions that some oils may be more likely to cause negative side effects than others. “If you have sensitive skin or eczema, I’ve seen a lot of reactions to things such as oil of cloves, oil of cinnamon, lavender oil, lemon oil. Those are some of my top concerns in terms of essential oils that can trigger allergic reactions.”
Where to Start With Natural Oils for Skin Care
Before applying any oils to the skin, it is important to receive a recommendation from your doctor. But to get you started, here are some of the most popular varieties of natural oils:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin and is known to have many health benefits, including vitamins E and K, as well as its antifungal and antibacterial properties. The one big exception? Along with cocoa butter, coconut oil is likely to cause breakouts. “In general, coconut oil is a great option for almost everybody, except if you have oily skin and you’re acne prone, I would not use it on the face,” Katta says. In a study published in the journal Dermatitis, researchers found coconut oil was better than olive oil at moisturizing skin when used in a carrier. Remember to look for cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil for your face or skin care.
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2. Olive Oil
Olive oil doesn’t typically trigger allergic reactions, Katta says, but for the best results, be sure to opt for the extra-virgin variety. Olive oil contains vitamins A, D, E, and K, and some research, such as a study published in October 2016 in the journal Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, offers scientific evidence of its potential as a moisturizer. With its heavy consistency, it is a great choice for an all-body application, Katta says. You may even want to try an olive oil cleanser or bar of soap for a clean that won’t dry out your skin.
3. Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil is widely available, high in vitamin E, and absorbs easily into the skin, making it an excellent choice as a natural moisturizer. One study, published in January-February 2013 in the journal Pediatrics Dermatology, found that in infants sunflower oil better protected the skin’s barrier and didn’t cause or aggravate atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema), as compared with olive oil.
4. Shea Butter
Derived from the nuts of the African shea tree, shea butter is a tallow-like substance that is commonly found in a solid form, but it melts at body temperature, and is sometimes used as a moisturizer and hair product, says Katta, adding she hasn’t seen her patients have allergic reactions to it. Unrefined, organic shea butter can also be combined with olive oil or coconut oil to create a smoother texture for application.
5. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is native to Mexico and the American Southwest, where its oils have been extracted from its seeds and used medicinally by Native American tribes. “I don’t see much in the way of allergic reactions to , either. I haven’t seen that be as popular , so I just don’t have a lot of experience with it,” Katta says. In a review published in December 2013 in the Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, researchers found jojoba oil may have anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effects, among other skin benefits.
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6. Almond Oil
Made from pressed raw almonds, almond oil is full of health benefits, such as vitamin E, zinc, proteins, and potassium. It has a lighter texture than olive oil and shea butter, which many find appealing to use on the face. But Katta says that sweet almond oil can result in allergic responses, so she recommends avoiding it if you have sensitive skin.
7. Grapeseed Oil
Containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids, grapeseed oil is lightweight compared with other natural oils. It also offers antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, according to an article published in September 2016 in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. From her experience, Katta says grapeseed oil is less commonly used for skin than the other oils, but she’s optimistic about its potential use for this purpose. “I have not seen allergic reactions to grapeseed oil,” she says. “It definitely has a number of phytochemicals that have antioxidant benefits, too, so that’s kind of intriguing.”
If you’re doing everything you can to combat dry skin, consider adding a facial oil to your routine. “Facial oils are a good way to complement everyday skincare products, like your daily moisturizer or night cream, for an extra moisturization boost, especially during dry winter months,” says Danusia Wnek, a chemist in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab. “The benefits include leaving skin feeling soft, smoothing texture, and improving radiance.” So, in the Beauty Lab’s biggest category test ever, 56 face oils were blind-tested by 1,112 volunteers to narrow the field to the top 16, which were then Lab-tested for moisturization and whittled down to these winners.
Overall, the best face oils to buy in 2019 are:
Top Lab Pick: Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil
Best Value: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Face
Best for Sensitive Skin: Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Face Oil
Best for Glowing Skin: Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
Best Scent: Lancôme Bienfait Multi Vital Daily Replenishing Oil
Hydrating Oil: La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil
Botanical Oil: Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil
Read more about top-tested picks below, but if you’re curious, we’ve answered some facial oil FAQs that may be on your mind:
Should I apply facial oil before or after moisturizer?
Before. “Oils should be applied on clean skin by gently pressing it on the face and the décolleté rather than rubbing it in,” says Wnek. “Try it when your face is damp, as applying it on wet skin will lock in moisture.” Use a small amount to start (think a drop or two) and build up if you need more. You can even add a drop to your moisturizer, and then apply it to your skin.
Can a facial oil help prevent wrinkles?
Not necessarily. “Don’t expect superb anti-aging benefits from facial oils,” says Wnek. If you really want an age-defying product, check out our anti-aging winners from day creams with SPF, night creams, serums, and eye creams.
How about acne-prone skin?
It’s best to skip this product. In our tests, women with oily or acne-prone skin did not see benefits in their skin’s texture. The best candidates for face oils are those who need an additional layer of hydration to make their skin feel soft and moisturized.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. These are the the best facial oils to shop right now:
The 5 Best Oils for Your Skin
Time to say goodbye to conventional moisturizers. Face oils have become a beauty cabinet staple, thanks to their natural ability to hydrate and nourish a variety of skin types.
Despite what their name might imply, face oils won’t leave your face oily. And no, they will not make you break out! Best of all, they are packed with good-for-you ingredients such as polyphenols, fatty acids, and antioxidants, to help reduce inflammation and give skin a dewy glow.
Whether you are looking to eliminate redness, stop irritation from acne or rosacea, plump skin, or simply moisturize, read on to find the best natural oils for your skin.
What it is: Found in, you guessed it, coconuts, this sweet-smelling, edible oil is used in everything from skin care to smoothie recipes. Made by pressing the fat from coconut meat, this oil has gained considerable popularity in recent years due to its therapeutic properties.
Why it works: Chock-full of vitamin E, coconut oil can be used as a traditional moisturizer. Because it is full of fatty acids, coconut oil acts as a sort of barrier on the skin, keeping moisture locked in. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, helping to protect skin and hair from the elements (especially helpful during those harsh winter months). Bonus: It smells delicious!
How to use: Solid at room temperature, coconut oil has a melting point of about 75°F. This means that while it may have a similar texture to petroleum jelly at room temperature, it melts into skin as soon as you apply it. However, coconut oil may be a bit on the heavy side for those with oilier complexions. Use it in the shower as a moisturizing shaving cream and hair conditioner, or slather on afterward as an all-natural replacement for lotion or leave-in conditioner.
Read more: Is there evidence coconut oil works? “
What it is: Extracted from nuts of the Moroccan argan tree, this oil is a soothing and powerful moisturizer for all skin types.
Why it works: Argan oil is packed with vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. It’s light enough to use as an everyday, nongreasy moisturizer, but it can also be used to treat those with more severe skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, argan oil works to improve skin’s elasticity by fending off free radical damage, leaving skin radiant.
How to use: This oil is not just for dry skin — it can also help control oil production by reducing sebum for those with oilier skin. This nourishing oil can be used daily under makeup or at night for a more restorative skin conditioning treatment. It’s also suitable for use on dry hair and nails.
Learn more: Find out argan oil’s other beauty benefits “
Rosehip seed oil
What it is: This powerful skin nourisher is one of the top antiaging oils. It’s extracted via a cold-press method from the seeds of a specific rose variety, predominantly grown in Chile.
Why it works: This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and contains vitamins E, C, D, and beta carotene. Chock-full of goodness, it helps to protect and hydrate skin, fight free radical damage, and reduce wrinkles. But that’s not all! The vitamins and antioxidants rejuvenate the skin to restore elasticity, help to correct dark spots, and reduce the appearance of scars.
How to use: Because it is considered a “dry” oil, rosehip seed oil soaks easily into the skin. It can be used in conjunction with other oils or lotions as an intensive moisturizing and antiaging treatment.
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What it is: Harvested from the nut of the African marula fruit, this oil is bound to be the next big thing due to its versatility, light texture, and beautifying benefits. Thanks to its health properties, the oil can reduce not only dryness, but also irritation and inflammation.
Why it works: Marula oil is rich in fatty acids and is purported to contain 60 percent more antioxidants than most other oils, meaning it packs a powerful punch against aging and sun damage. The oil also has antimicrobial properties, making it ideal for irritated or acne-prone skin.
How to use: This multipurpose oil can be used on skin, hair, and nails. Because it does not leave a greasy finish on skin, it’s ideal to use under makeup or even mix with foundation for a luminous sheen.
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What it is: Extracted from plants indigenous to North America, jojoba oil is used for everything from acne to psoriasis to sunburn. But it isn’t really an oil at all, but a botanical extract actually comprised of liquid wax esters. This is important because out of all compounds found in nature, jojoba oil is structurally and chemically the most similar to human sebum, meaning it mimics the structure of the skin.
Why it works: Because jojoba oil is similar to our skin’s structure, it can replicate or dissolve oil, depending if your skin overproduces or underproduces. Thus, it can help balance out sebum production and eliminate acne. Comprised of beneficial minerals and nutrients, jojoba oil also works as an emollient to soothe skin and provide all-day moisture.
How to use: A few drops can be used for those with oily complexions in the morning or at night, to moisturize and help balance out skin tone. It’s also a great alternative to body lotion for those who have sensitive skin. When used as a hair treatment, jojoba oil may help with dandruff and promote a healthy scalp.
Face oils may be one of the best-kept beauty secrets, as makeup artists and celebrities have been using them to smooth and soothe skin on set. These oils absorb into the skin quickly, providing instant moisture with a finish that isn’t greasy. As a huge plus, these high-quality natural remedies are extremely budget-friendly compared to many skin products on the market. So next time you’re shopping for new skin care products, why not try something different?
18 Types of the Best Face Oils For Different Skin Types
Face oils are now popularly used as a skincare ingredient because they provide a range of benefits. However, with so many options out in the market, it can be quite tricky to choosethe right face oil suited for your skin.
To guide you, here’s an article that presents the best types of face oil for every skin type as well as some essential tips to make the most out of its beauty benefits.
The Best Face Oils According to Your Skin Type
With normal skin, you don’t have to worry about getting clogged pores, dryness, and even irritation. In short, you have the type of skin that most people want to achieve and it’s quite simple to find the best face oil for your skin type.
1. Argan Oil
Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to the various benefits it provides for the skin. Rich and soothing, this face oil contains vitamin E—an antioxidant that can prevent those pesky and unwanted dark spots, fine lines, and other kinds of skin damage.
Tip: Need help in treating frizzy hair or split ends? You can also use argan oil as a hair conditioner as it’s proven to make hair softer and shinier.
2. Squalane Oil
Squalene is a natural oil produced not only by olives and rice bran but also your own skin. However, on its own, it is unstable, reacts violently with oxygen and can ultimately clog the pores.
On the other hand, squalane face oil has a stable, longer shelf life that has a similar molecular structure to your skin. This allows it to be easily absorbed by your pores to target specific skin concerns at a cellular level. Furthermore, it can boost collagen production which makes your skin look firmer and plumper for an instant glow!
3. Retinol Oil
Retinol oils can hydrate your skin, brighten your tone, and clear your breakouts (on the off chance that you have bad days!) without irritating your skin.
Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin which results in cracking, peeling, and even itchiness. Typically, you should look for face oils that are rich in oleic acid to help hydrate the skin, lock in moisture, and lessen irritation from dryness.
4. Marula Oil
Marula oil contains omega fatty acids which help condition dry skin. It gives essential moisture and can even reduce any redness you might encounter. Furthermore, this oil is not heavy on the skin so you won’t feel greasy at all.
5. Almond Oil
For centuries, almond oil has been used to treat dry skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. High in vitamin A, this oil can also stimulate the production of new skin cells which ultimately results in smooth fine lines.
Tip: If you’re allergic to nuts, it’s best to avoid using almond oil on your skin.
6. Avocado Oil
Avocado face oil contains beneficial nutrients such as vitamin E, lecithin, and potassium that help nourish and moisturize dry skin. These nutrients are easily absorbed by the epidermis which also helps to form new skin.
Do you always look greasy when you view yourself in the mirror? If you answered yes, you probably have oily skin.
This skin type is characterised by visible pores than usual and a shiny complexion. However, you might argue about how face oils can benefit your already oily skin. On the contrary, it can help control the secretion of excess sebum which ultimately makes you appear less oily.
7. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a tried and tested ingredient used in face oils that can regulate your skin’s sebum production and prevent clogged pores. So say goodbye to those annoying skin concerns by adding this face oil to your beauty routine.
Tip: If you have redness or burns, peppermint can also be used to relieve these discomforts as it has both soothing and cooling properties.
8. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is a natural astringent that has the ability to get rid of excess grease in your face. It can also tighten your pores, leaving your skin mattified.
9. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an excellent skin treatment for those with oily skin because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can help stabilize your sebaceous glands by penetrating deep into the skin and unclogging your pores.
If you have oily skin, you may also have acne-prone skin as too much sebum production can lead to clogged pores and acne.
It’s best to skip irritating acne treatments and opt to apply face oils instead. It can restore the nourishment of your skin which is stripped away by the harsh ingredients usually found in most beauty products.
10. Pomegranate Oil
Pomegranate oil helps fight the bacteria in your pores causing the inflammation and break-outs in your face. Perfectly suited for those with oily skin, this oil is lightweight so you won’t look greasy at all!
11. Rosehip Oil
Loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil can treat inflamed and acne-prone skin. It also contains phenols which are proven to have antibacterial and antifungal properties without clogging your pores.
Furthermore, this carrier oil can help fade those unwanted acne scars and lessen the overall red000ness in your face.
Did You Know? According to a study conducted in 2015, people who had undergone surgery found rosehip oil effective in treating their scars.
12. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has anti-viral and anti-microbial properties that limit the growth of bacteria and reduce the appearance of swelling acne. It can also be used as a deep facial cleanser which gently exfoliates the skin and unclogs your pores leading to healthier skin.
Combination skin consists of dryness in some areas of the face and oiliness in other parts, such as the T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin). Since the skin type varies, the type of face oil you apply should also adapt to the different areas of the face.
13. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil can break down and dissolve sebum to control excessive oiliness in some parts of your face. However, it’s a lightweight and breathable oil that provides a bit of moisture for drier areas. This is the reason why it’s perfectly suited for those with combination skin.
14. Marula Oil
Marula oil has anti-oxidant properties that help protect your skin away from pollution and other environmental stressors. It can also be easily absorbed by your skin which makes it a great moisturizer.
Overall, this essential oil can reduce the amount of grease in your face while still keeping your face hydrated.
15. Flaxseed Oil
Rich in fatty acids, flaxseed oil can eliminate acne breakouts and treat dry skin. The oil also helps seal in the moisture in your face which keeps the skin hydrated and healthy. Furthermore, it can minimize wrinkles, dark spots, and puffiness.
Tip: If you’re looking for a natural and non-irritating makeup remover, consider trying flaxseed oil.
Those with sensitive skin type often experience itching, drying, redness, and even burning. That’s why you have to be careful of what you apply to your face as it can further trigger these complications. Here are the types of face oils suited for your skin.
16. Aloe Vera Oil
Packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fatty acids, aloe vera is the perfect face oil for sensitive skin. These properties help protect skin from harmful bacterias, calm irritation and nourish damaged skin.
In addition, it is a natural astringent which makes it suitable for sensitive skin that’s also acne-prone.
17. Moringa Oil
Much like aloe vera, moringa oil also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to heal sensitive skin. It can also be used as a moisturizer for sensitive skin with dryness. Just simply layer this lightweight oil under your makeup.
18. Castor Oil
Castor oil can reduce swelling and puffiness in your face. It’s also effective in treating inflamed acne and eliminating eye bags to give you skin that looks fresh and healthy.
However, simply knowing the best face oil for your skin type is not enough. You should also know how to properly apply it to maximise the benefits it brings to your skin.
8 Tips to Get The Most Out of Face Oils
1. Use Face Oil After Applying Water-based Products
Investing in face oils adds another step to your beauty routine. So if you’re wondering when you should use it, it’s advisable to use it after applying your moisturizer. This way, you’ll be able to reap all the benefits brought by your face oil.
2. Avoid Rubbing Face Oil
If you rub the face oil onto your skin, you’re actually damaging your pores and preventing the product from being properly absorbed. Instead, gently press the face oil onto your face for optimal results.
3. Blend Different Face Oils
You can combine different face oils for added benefits. For instance, you can blend tea tree essential oil with lavender oil. The former is extremely effective in treating acne while the latter reduces the puffy appearance in your face.
4. Mix with a Moisturizer
If you’re always on-the-go, it’s perfectly fine to mix your face oil with a moisturizer. You can enjoy an increase in its potency as well as glowing skin.
Tip: If you want to achieve extra dewiness and hydration, you can also mix face oil with your foundation or primer.
5. Apply a Few Drops
Some face oils can be expensive despite containing little amount. However, all you really need is a few drops to reap the various benefits it gives.
Typically, you should apply anywhere between three to six drops of face oil once a day. However, if you have drier skin than usual, you can use a bit more oil.
6. Skip the Eye Cream
Skip the eye cream and switch to face oils instead. Since it is a natural and organic beauty product, you can use it on the delicate areas of your face, such as your under eyes. Simply dab a drop of oil on this area and you’ll instantly be hydrated.
7. Hydrate Your Lips
Have dry and chapped lips? Worry not as you can also use face oils to hydrate your lips along with the rest of your face.
8. Try on Your Brows and Lashes
Try applying a drop or two of essential oils on your brows and lashes. Argan oil, in particular, can moisturize and stimulate the growth of hair in these areas.
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Face oils bring numerous benefits to your skin. However, it’s important to choose the right one suited for your skin type to get only the best beauty benefits out of it.
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