We’ve seen them all over our Instagram feeds, Snapchat stories, and Youtube Skincare recommendations. A beauty routine staple for most, they’re worth the hype. Yes, I’m talking about facial oil. Whether you’re dealing with breakouts or concerned with anti-aging, dryness, redness, or even oiliness, chances are there’s a facial oil available that you (and your skin) will love.
While our skin creates its own natural oils, there is a delicate balance that must be maintained or else all hell may break loose (cue dramatic music), specifically a 70% water and 30% oil ratio to remain balanced. For some, the skin over-produces oil, leaving us susceptible to breakouts. For others, and as we age, this process can also decrease, creating fine lines and wrinkles. By using a facial oil, you can help maintain this fragile balance by retaining moisture in the skin while also protecting it from free radicals, sun, and environmental toxins that cause the breakdown of collagen and damage the barrier function of the skin.
Another important thing to note when maintaining the skin’s proper balance is knowing how and when to use oil in your skincare routine. A general rule of thumb for skincare product application is to work from thinnest-to-thickest in regard to consistency. Hydration and moisturizer are not the same. Therefore, hydrating serums such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin that provide the skin with hydration should always be applied before moisturizer, as a moisturizer’s main job is to reduce transepidermal water loss by forming a barrier over the skin’s surface. While facial oils and moisturizers can provide superficial hydration (nourishing only the topmost layer), they can’t be compared to true hydrating heavyweights like hyaluronic acid, which binds water to skin cells.
I know it sounds tricky but hear me out. What happens when you pour oil into a cup of water? The water can never evaporate because the oil creates a barrier over it. Using oil and moisturizer on the skin following your cleansing routine works the same way. This is why facial oil can be used as the final step in the moisturizing part of your skincare regimen because it helps to retain what moisture is already present on the skin at the time of application.
Now that I’ve rambled us all into a biology course, it’s the perfect time to let you know that an important step in knowing which facial oil to choose is knowing your skin type. Need help finding out what skin type you have? Check out this post from Tatcha where they provide two ways you can determine your skin type at home.
Without further ado, *fist pump* let’s see these oils.
Organic, Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
My personal favorite! This rosehip seed oil is filled with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A and C that help to repair and protect all skin types without clogging pores. It improves skin’s texture, diminishes the appearance of dark spots, and promotes a youthful-looking complexion. It’s also cruelty-free and vegan!
Wild Rose Brightening Absolute-Oil
For normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types, this brightening oil is infused with real rose petals, contains omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids that counter the loss of firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as vitamin C that evens the appearance of skin tone and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles while also visibly brightening.
Wild rose oil delivers visible plumpness to the skin. Oh, and it smells amazing!
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin. It contains ingredients like tree oil and black cumin seed oil that support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance discolorations for a more even-toned complexion. Milk thistle and cucumber seed oil counterbalance the potentially drying effects of salicylic acid.
24-Karat Gold Collagen Oil
This lightweight, quick-absorbing, skin-rejuvenating facial oil features 24-Karat Gold, Vegan Collagen, and Glycerin to restore lost elasticity and firmness. Skin is visibly firmer, plumper and restored with moisture for a more youthful, radiant-looking complexion. It is an anti-aging complexion-enhancing facial oil that deeply moisturizes, nourishes, and rejuvenates the skin while restoring a youthful glow.
If you’re concerned with dryness, dullness, or uneven texture, this may just be the oil for you. Tarte’s Maracuja Oil is a multitasking powerhouse made from maracuja seeds that promote firmer, brighter, and smoother-looking skin. This quick-absorbing oil helps to balance and nourish all skin types—even oily and blemish-prone—without feeling greasy. The cold-pressed oil is naturally packed with vitamin C and essential fatty acids to help boost radiance.
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
The Ordinary’s 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil is a daily support formula that improves skin radiance. This antioxidant-rich oil is obtained from the kernels of the fruits of the marula tree. It’s mostly composed of oleic acid and linoleic acid but also contains procyanidin, catechins, and flavanoids. This formula is cruelty-free and vegan formulated without water, alcohol, silicone or gluten. It’s also fantastic for hair and nails!
Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil
For all of those struggling with blemishes, large pores, or redness, this may well be the oil for you. This is a quick-absorbing, weightless facial oil enhanced with tea tree oil to purify and calm skin, plant-derived squalane to weightlessly locks in essential moisture, and rosemary extract that helps to prevent oxidation of oil on the skin.
100% Pure Oil Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil + Premium Blend
Hate your dry skin? This oil helps restore moisture and nutrients to even the driest skin. It can be used as a face oil or as an oil for hair and scalp, or as an anti-frizz serum (triple win!). Made with cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, it contains no sulfates, no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil, no fragrance and no petroleum. It is also rich in omegas and vitamin E.