Maybe it’s all those years we spent reading teen magazines, but we used to shudder at the words “face oil.” Turns out our fears were unfounded. Face oils provide a host of benefits—even for oily skin! Find the one that’s right for your skin type with our guide.
According to an old wives’ tale, if you have oily skin, you can’t use face oils. The truth is, while it might seem counterintuitive, certain oils can actually prevent issues like acne. Our pick: PLANT’s Face Oil, formulated specifically for oily skin by incorporating microbe-fighting Nordic sea buckthorn oil, which has long been used to treat dermatological issues.
Sometimes even a heavy cream can’t stave away cold weather dryness. Enter Caudalie’s Divine Oil, which combines grape, hibiscus, and argan oils to banish irritated, flaky skin. Since it’s a dry oil, it disappears right after application, (read: no one will be able to see their reflection in your forehead). This multitasker also works on hair and cuticles.
When skin looses its luster due to stress or dehydration, Sunday Riley’s Juno Transformative Lipid Serum provides the required pick-me-up. This oil combines several moisturizing agents (Vitamin C, acai, and pomegranate to name a few) in order to brighten skin.
The name of this one says it all. One Love Organics’ Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum provides a protective barrier against environmental damage, boosts elasticity, and evens skin tone. Its wrinkle-busting secret? A combo of plant-derived oils like watermelon and Bulgarian rose. (Its delightful scent may make you feel even younger.)
Whether you’ve spent to many summers shirking SPF or you’re dealing with dark spots, Shea Terra Organics’ Rubiginosa Rose Hips Oil is a damaged skin savior. This organic formula relies on South African rubiginosa oil to reduce the appearance of scars, while rose hip oil combats redness, irritation, and hyperpigmentation. Oily or acne prone? Breathe easy—it’s safe for all skin types.
If you’re taking your face oil on the town, consider this show-stopping formula. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Dry Shimmer Oil pairs the skin benefits of essential oils with micro-shimmer—just the right accent for cheekbones, arches, and eyelids. And don’t stop at your face: this gleaming formula is also perfect for your collarbone.
Keeping skin hydrated while you’re on the go can be a bit of a challenge— squirting face oil onto your fingertips sure doesn’t sound like the easiest way to moisturize while traveling. But the compact Melvita Roll-On Argan Oil is a lifesaver. It’s small enough to slip into your carry-on, the hands-free applicator helps keep bacteria-laden fingers off your face, and the roll-on formula targets dry spots with ease.
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