We’ve seen facial oils popping up all over our IG, and they seem to be the latest big trend in the beauty world, but are they worth the hype? Well, we’re here to tell you that the right facial oil could actually be the most life-changing of all your skincare products, and we’re not even being dramatic. Just look how gorgeous Sophia Loren still is at 83, and she used to bathe in olive oil, while Megan Fox swears by Grapeseed Oil for her dewy complexion.
Hydration is key to a youthful complexion, and a good facial oil will not only replenish your skin’s natural moisture levels, but it’ll also help protect it from future moisture loss. And yes, it is possible to be dehydrated and oily, so whatever your skin type, the right oil can make a MAJOR difference. The secret is to know what oil to use, when to use it, and how you should work it into your regime. We’ve created your ultimate guide and broken it down into skin types so you can find the best oil for you.
Why face oils are the bomb:
Without taking you back to your high school chemistry class, the reason why oils are so powerful is that they are lipophilic. This means they have a much smaller molecular structure that can penetrate further into your dermis, allowing your skin to retain hydration at a much deeper level. Using the right facial oil will not only repair and protect the skin’s barrier, but it’ll also nourish and plump like no other product on your shelf. Take moisturizers, for example, they’re great, but they use a ton of other ingredients including water, which sometimes dilutes the really good stuff; pure oils are simply all-natural goodness.
The right face oil for your skin type:
Oils with a super-moisturizing base like shea butter or cocoa butter, are not only super nourishing but hugely hydrating. Oils that are high in essential fatty acids are extra nourishing and will help seal in moisture. Rose Hip oil and cold-pressed seed oil are ideal and help to maintain hydration and boost elasticity, smoothing out wrinkles and plumping your skin.
The best natural oils for dry skin: Rosehip oil, Maracuja oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Neroli oil, Argan Oil, Flaxseed Oil.
Our fav face oils: Caudalie Divine Oil (Huda’s fav), Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil
If you have combo skin, you’ll know you’re prone to a little midday shine on your T-zone and the odd pimple, while the rest of your face tends to have dry patches. This means you need to make sure your skin is well hydrated and oil-production is as balanced as it can be. Look for lighter based oils (something which soaks in quickly and doesn’t feel thick and heavy, like Rosehip oil), with anti-bacterial properties that will combat oily areas and won’t irritate your skin. Pure plant-based oils like Marula oil are super hydrating, but it’s also perfect because it absorbs quickly so you won’t look greasy! Marula oil is packed with essential fatty acids, oleic and linoleic, which are crazy nourishing, as well as vitamin C and E, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The best natural oils for dry skin: Carrot seed oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Marula Oil, Jojoba oil, Raspberry seed oil.
Our fav face oils: Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (ahhhhmazing!), Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil
Oils can be awesome for acne-prone skin, helping to regulate and stabilize the production of sebum (the waxy substance that builds up and blocks your pores). The great thing about natural plant-derived oils is they won’t block pores, which can lead to acne, unlike some oils found in your moisturizers. Many natural oils are also antibacterial and have anti-inflammatory properties, which will help your skin target acne before it’s even begun. Try dry oils, (which are non-greasy, super-light formulas that are rapidly absorbed by your skin), that are packed with vitamin A and C and will help stimulate rapid cell growth, reducing scarring and inflammation. Argan oil and Jojoba oil are also great for acne-prone complexions as they’re full of fatty acids and antioxidants, but they’re also super absorbent, so they won’t leave a greasy feeling.
The best natural oils for acne-prone skin: Rosehip Seed oil, Tamanu oil, Jojoba oil, Maracuja oil, Grapeseed oil.
Our fav face oils: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (best value!), Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
When we spend hours and hours trying to fix our oily skin and spend a fortune on oil-free moisturizers, it seems crazy when someone suggests putting it anywhere near your face. But the truth is, if you want a gorgeous glowy complexion, you need to incorporate a facial oil into your daily routine. Even if you have oily skin, it can still be thirsty for the right hydration, and facial oils are the most efficient way to get the right hit of moisture. Dry oils (like Jojoba) have natural properties that will help normalize and regulate oil production. Oils rich in linoleic acids, like grapeseed oil and rosehip oil are packed with omega-6 fatty acids that are quickly absorbed, so there’s no heavy, greasy feeling. Jojoba oil also works well on oily complexions, as it has the same molecular structure of our skin, delivering the nutrients deep into your dermis and tricking your oil glands into thinking they’ve already produced enough oil.
The best natural oils for oily skin: Geranium Essential oil (balancing and reduces excess oil), Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil.
Our fav face oils: Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum, Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil (The bomb), Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
If you have slightly more mature skin, oils packed with potent antioxidants will help protect it from free radicals, which cause premature aging. If you’re using other anti-aging ingredients like retinol, which tend to dry your face, using a facial oil will rebalance your skin’s hydration levels. Argan oil, Passion Fruit oil or African Marula oils are perfect for you. To really see the rewards of a facial oil you should apply your oil before your anti-aging cream. This is because the oil molecules will allow the active ingredients like glycolic acid or retinol to absorb deeper into the dermis reaching the collagen-producing fibroblasts.
The best natural oils for aging skin: Camellia oil, Rosehip Seed oil, Argan oil, Apricot oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry oil.
Our fav face oils: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (love!), Georgia Louise Sleeping Beauty Oil, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
How you should use face oils:
To really see the benefits, incorporate a facial oil into your morning and evening routine after you’ve cleansed. You can apply the oil on its own, or you can mix a couple of drops into your regular moisturizer, but we love using it in its most raw, organic form. The texture naturally encourages facial massage, which will work to tone and relax your muscles, over time helping to sculpt your facial contours. If that wasn’t reason enough, by massaging the oil into your skin you’ll also boost blood flow and activate the natural ingredients.
How to pick the right face oil:
We admit that using a facial oil isn’t going to be a one-stop solution to all your skin troubles, but we promise when you add it into your existing regime, you will begin to see the benefits rapidly! There are tons of incredible oil combination elixirs on the market, but the pure oil is often just as good; always look for a 100% organic, cold-pressed oil.