Using a face oil is the perfect way to seal in moisture and achieve a glowing, dewy complexion that won’t quit, even in the dead of winter. To find the right formula for you, choosing the right main ingredient is key. Below, we highlight six oils commonly found in skin care and their benefits.
Many of us have finally come around to the idea of putting oil on our faces – even those of us who are acne-prone. Oils are great for our skin and in addition to nourishing and moisturizing, can treat various skin issues.
If you haven’t had a good experience with face oils, you might not have been using the right one for your skin. Here we break down six crowd-pleasing oils that work for all skin types and a range of concerns.
This super hydrating but lightweight oil is great for all skin types including oily and combination skin types because it nourishes and moisturizes skin while also breaking down and dissolving sebum. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Find it in the Allpa Jojoba Face Oil ($18).
It seems like this ingredient has suddenly made its way into every skin care product. It’s a hydrogenated version of squalene, a compound that’s naturally produced by the body – our sebaceous glands to be exact. Squalane in skin care products is mostly derived from plant-based ingredients like olives or rice bran. It works to deeply hydrate skin while sealing in moisture and is non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Plus, because it’s not greasy, all skin types are fans. Try the Olivarrier Fluid Oil 100% Squalane ($36).
There’s a reason there’s been so much buzz around marula oil. Made from the fruit of the marula tree, this fast-absorbing oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids that deeply moisturize skin, repair skin cells, and leave skin looking vibrant – all without clogging your pores. It’s great for most skin types and even works for sensitive skin. Try the Drunk Elephant Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($72).
This oil, sometimes listed on ingredient lists as Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, is light on the skin and has benefits that can address a variety of concerns. It’s rich in fatty acids to nourish, and antioxidants to prevent signs of aging from forming. The ingredient is also healing and can soothe skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, plus can help balance skin to prevent excess oil and breakouts. Look for it in the Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil ($30).
Rich in vitamin E, argan oil is great for hyperpigmentation and fading dark spots while also smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Find it in the Re:P Nutrinature Ultra Moist Gel Oil. This deeply moisturizing oil works for most skin types but can be a little heavy for oily/acne prone skin. If that’s you, try a lightweight version like Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($49).