Maintaining a fabulous face requires a good moisturizer. But over-the-counter face creams can leave you with sticker shock. And that isn’t their only problem; many are also filled with questionable synthetic ingredients that aren’t good for you or the planet!
Whatever the reason, face oil is one product that can actually treat your skin issues, while giving you the bright, glowy, clear face of your dreams. And yes, every single skin type can use it (according to us, your derm, and your derm's derm). So to prove it to you—and to give you zero further excuses to forego an oil-filled life—we broke down the very best face oils for your oily, sensitive, dry, broken-out, and, yes, even your "normal" skin ahead.
Please get slathering immediately!
- NEEMLI HYALURONIC & VITAMIN C SERUM: WHAT?! An oil for oily skin? It sounds weird, but the right oil can not only act as an astringent to rid your face of excess grease, but will also help stabilize and regulate your skin’s sebum production (i.e. your natural skin oil) to make you less oily overall. Try applying your face oil at night (always as the last step of your skincare routine, since no other ingredients or products will be able to penetrate it) to reap the benefits while you sleep, without looking reflective during the day.
- VYA NATURALS VITAMIN C SERUM: You’d think that any face oil would automatically be a Cupid-level match for dry skin, but, like all things in beauty, it’s not that simple. Some oils are naturally more astringent and lightweight than others, so drier types want to use a rich oil that’s high in oleic acid—a fatty acid that helps condition skin, lock in moisture, and reduce irritation from dryness. Massage it on over your regular face lotion (yes, you need to use a lotion or serum first, since oil on its own isn't inherently hydrating) day and/or night to trap in moisture.
- SKIN YOGA FACIAL REPAIR OIL: What if we told you the key to reducing your breakouts is to slather your face with oil? Too late—that’s exactly what we’re telling you.
Most acne treatments in the market are filled with irritating ingredients that strip your skin of natural oils. When your skin is dry and inflamed, it overproduces sebum, leading to pimples and blackheads. Acne-safe face oils, however, work to nourish your skin, so your body can heal the zits you have without causing more. Kill ‘em with kindness, right?
If you’re still terrified an oil will worsen your skin, try patch-testing one on the most acne-prone area of your face (it’ll be the most reactive spot, and therefore the most accurate) for a week to see what happens. If your skin doesn't break out (any more than usual, anyway), massage a few drops of oil over your skin at the end of your skincare routine at night.
Stay steady with these and soon, you’re facial skin will be thoroughly thankful to you!