If you’re not already a devoted facial oil user, chances are you’re skipping this incredible skincare product in your daily regime. Cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, and retinol may get all the love, but oils are often overlooked and we’re here to tell you why they shouldn’t be. For one, they can hydrate deeper and longer than whatever dollop of cream you’re currently applying, given their high concentrates of antioxidants, botanicals and essential oil extracts. And contrary to popular belief, you can even use facial oils if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Read on for our top picks in the face oil category and get ready to bust out the shades. Your high beam glow wattage will be on extra after a few drops of these mighty miracle workers.
1. For Fine Lines: Savor Beauty Raspberry Seed Serum Line-Diminishing Oil, $64
Made with 100% natural, plant-based ingredients, this little vial intensely hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines at the same time, thanks to German Chamomile. The addition of papaya extract also buffs away dead flakes and gently exfoliates for even texture all over. Press two to three droplets gently onto the skin and massage in, any time of day you’re feeling a little dull, dry, or in need of a luminosity recharge.
2. For a CBD Fix: Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil, $58
If you haven’t tried CBD beauty products, one of the best ways to ease in is via facial oils. Known for its calming benefits, CBD (Cannabidiol) can soothe irritated or rosacea-prone skin and restore moisture, while leaving you with a J.Lo-level glow. Herbivore’s formula also contains hemp seed oil and the ingredient du jour, Ashwagandha, which is a herb used in Ayurvedic healing practices. This do-it-all adaptogen does it all when it comes to helping the skin cope with environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, lack of sleep, and daily stress.
3. For a Complete Skin Overhaul by Morning: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $55
Sunday Riley’s hero product, Luna, developed cult status for its potent retinol-based oil and the ability to return your skin to plumped-up baby soft status while you snooze. Balanced with blue tansy and essential oils, it soothes surface redness, promotes elasticity, packs your skin full of anti-aging vitamins B,C,D,E, and A and will leave you with that “I just woke up like this” glow.
Also check out Sunday Riley’s UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $80, which is designed to calm and calm acne-prone skin. The formula is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree, and chamomile to help detox, decongest and soothe the skin, and quickly absorbs so it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on.
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4. For Ultimate Hydration for All Skin Types: Lancer Omega Hydrating Oil, $75
Dr. Lancer is a legend in the beauty world, and his face oil will give you the same glow up that’s made him famous in Hollywood. This concentrated, super-hydrating facial oil is as lightweight as it is moisturizing. Boasting a potent inkey list of 10% ferment complex, a rich blend of nourishing, fermented oils that have a higher antioxidant and free fatty acid content than other oils to lock in moisture, and a smart hydrator molecule that encourages moisture retention in the skin. Finally, turmeric and vitamin C help brighten the skin and reduce redness while chlorophyllin-copper complex helps refine the look of pores and improve the appearance of skin texture.
This leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and nourished, not to mention next level glowy! The formula is also not irritating for acne-prone skin and actually works really well for oily skin, helping to balance sebum production. Wear day or night after your moisturizer and enjoy the glow. It also works as a great base before foundation application.
5. For Sensitive Skin: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $40
Described as rehab for your skin, DE’s #1 weapon against damaging free radicals and a lackluster complexion lies within the “pip” of the marula fruit, containing greater concentrations of polyphenols than dark chocolate, green, or black teas. Serious good-for-your skin stuff! And considering this vegan cold-pressed oil is void of any fragrance, silicones, and irritants, it’s 100% safe for sensitive types. Rich in omegas 6 and 9, its moisturizing potential is off the charts, as is its ability to rejuvenate the epidermis at a deeper level and of course – boost your glow meter.
6. For Seriously Parched Skin: La Prairie Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, $350
One of the reasons people love oils – and so many involved skincare routines include them – is because they last a lot longer than a regular old moisturizer. La Prairie’s dry oil may be a splurge, but it’s well worth it since it helps rebuild your skin’s natural moisture barrier function in a sheer, non-greasy way. Show us a lightweight cream that can do THAT. It’s also as luxurious as facial oils come, thanks to their high-tech Swiss Ice Crystal complex. Seriously this stuff is liquid skin goals. Just use it sparingly, as you don’t want to waste one precious drop.
7. For a Year-Round Glow: Opuntia Luxury Day Oil, $125 each
This multitasking day oil was created on a secluded beach under the Aegean sun in Mykonos, so you know that Greek island glow is going to be 100% legit. It contains a blend of absorbable botanicals that penetrate the skin deeper (like prickly pear AKA cactus, neroli, and red raspberry), plus natural SPF, a must for summer days. When you want to hydrate, tone, calm redness, and protect your visage without 12 steps, reach for Opuntia. Bonus: each bottle sold plants one tree with One-Tree Planted.
As well as loving to use facial oils as a leave-on treatment after we’ve moisturized, we also love to use cleansing oils as our first step in our cleansing routine. Check out our fave cleansing oils and why they’re so important here.