These days, there are so many cosmetics brands on the market that separating the good from the best face oils can be difficult. When picking out face oils, it helps to start with an understanding of your personal skin care needs, while also taking into account how this new product will work into your current lineup. In other words, what gaps are you filling and what are you hoping your skin gains?
Before you can start looking for a face oil, it’s important that you not only identify but also get to know your skin type. We are talking beyond the standard, oily, combination, and dry categories. For some, this may mean doing a bit of research or consulting a dermatologist to understand how different oils might help or harm your skin’s overall health. For example, if you’re allergic to sunflower seeds, Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate face oil will not be the product for you – even if it’s top-rated among beauty editors.
Even if you consider your skin to be fairly well taken care of, Karlene Delisser, Sisley Spa Esthetician at Nordstrom NYC’s Beauty Haven, stresses the importance of using a hydrating oil in between spa treatments. “While you should be getting a facial every month or two, a good facial oil in combination with your moisturizer will ensure your skin gets the hydration it needs in order to stay healthy,” Delisser says.
Once you get your personal preferences in a facial oil squared away, having a goal in mind will help narrow your search even further. Do you want an oil that will serve multiple purposes or do you have your eye on a product that will work hand-in-hand with your favorite superfoods? The bottom line is, pay attention to the list of ingredients! To help make sure you get started on the right path, we’ve curated a list of the 22 best face oils according to both needs and skin care goals.
Best-Value Face Oil
Sometimes you can’t (or don’t want to) break the bank on one singular skin care product and that’s when Botanics’ $15 organic face oil is going to be your best bet. With thousands of reviews to prove it’s the real deal, this hydrating serum is filled with completely organic ingredients that won’t irritate the skin. It’s truly a win-win.
Botanics 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil
Best Fragrance-Free Face Oil
For decades, olive oil has become a key ingredient to healthy glowing skin. That’s why DHC created a product with this age-old beauty hack in mind and it’s definitely worth exploring. Made with 100% virgin olive oil that’s chock-full of antioxidants, the scent-free formula simultaneously restores elasticity while keeping your skin smooth and hydrated.
Best K-Beauty Face Oil
The Korean Beauty brand known for its serum has since expanded its offering to include a face oil that’s just as good. Completely natural and 100% plant-based, this super-luxe product helps control oily skin, while also keeping it fully moisturized – especially when used in conjunction with other Peach & Lily products.
Peach & Lily Pure Beam Luxe Oil
Best All-Natural Face Oil
Many beauty lovers are making the switch to clean skincare. If you find yourself in that category, consider swapping your current face oil out for Narloa’s Avocado oil. Meant to give you the same benefits (smooth textures) as eating an avocado or even applying it as a mask, its completely organic ingredient list is impressive – especially considering the low price.
Best Face Oil for Oily Skin
Finding a face oil for oily skin may sound pointless, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is finding a product that’s lightweight and absorbs into your skin quickly. Created with both in mind, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company’s face oil is completely organic, featuring ingredients like apricot seed oil to moisturize the skin and avocado to help soften it. Try using it instead of your favorite moisturizer to help reduce the amount of shine.
Honest Beauty Organic Beauty Facial Oil
Best Face Oil for Combination Skin
If your skin falls can be both oily and dry, Paula’s Choice face oil is worth adding to your daily routine. The unscented formula is packed with antioxidants and a blend of plant-based and essential oils.
Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
Best Face Oil for Sensitive Skin
The key to finding a facial oil that won’t anger sensitive skin is paying close attention to the ingredients list to avoid irritants. Pai’s Rosehip oil has a high level of vitamins and nutrients that “feed” and help restore your skin, but is free of ingredients like synthetic fragrances that are known to cause flare-ups on irritable skin.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Universal Face Oil
Best CBD-Infused Face Oil
Infused with CBD, Feelist’s Most Wanted facial oil took two years to perfect but it was worth the wait. Aside from being packed with vitamins and antioxidants to ensure a radiant glow, the formula works to deeply moisturize, calm, and revitalize all types of skin.
Best Lightweight Face Oil
Arguably one of the best parts about this Herbivore’s face oil is its lightweight consistency, which means they sink into the skin almost instantly. The mineral-rich formula features popular ingredients like jojoba seed and Japan’s century-old Tubaski oil to give the skin a luminous but totally natural glow. If you are not sensitive to fragrance, the light floral and jasmine scent is an added bonus.
Herbivore Orchid Antioxidant Beauty Face Oil
Best Face Oil for Sensitive Skin
Designed to protect, hydrate, and repair, this MUTHA face oil is one of those products that you can tell is just worth the hype as soon as you use it. Besides the aesthetically-pleasing bottle and satin feel of the product, it has a super light formula filled with antioxidants, as well as primrose oil and rosemary leaf extract that both soothes and prevents irritation. Translation: It’s especially popular among those with temperamental skin.
Best Two-in-One Face Oil
Complete two steps in your routine by investing in Farmacy’s Honey Grail face oil. Suited for both your face and hair, this product combines honey, a five-flower oil blend, as well as Sea Buckthorn Oil (a.k.a “almighty wonder oil”) that are meant to give your skin a new look, reducing fine lines and wrinkles in the process.
Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil
Best Face Oil for Acne-Prone Skin
For those looking for a face oil that will help (not hurt) the progress of their skin, Dermalogica’s Retinol clearing oil is the way to go. Aside from the pretty standard list of oils (jojoba and argan), it features salicylic acid that’s meant to target breakout areas and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Dermalogica Retinol Acne Clearing Oil
Best Top-Rated Face Oil
The editor-approved Kiehl’s reviving face oil has more than a thousand reviews on all your favorite beauty sites. Free of parabens and sulfates, the mild formula will give your skin an instant glow without irritating or interfering with the other products in your lineup. You’ll find it comes especially handy after long days, when you feel your skin looking tired and fatigued.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Daily Reviving Concentrate Serum
Best Face Oil for Glowing Skin
Key ingredients in Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Glow face oil include ginger, red raspberry, and pomegranate seeds. But it’s all of that paired with a turmeric and vitamin-C tag-team combo that sets this product apart. Designed to give your skin an instant glow, the formula is also cruelty-free and vegan.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil
Best Rose-Infused Face Oil
Complete with real rose petals in the bottle, Agrestal’s hydrating oil is about as close as you can get to integrating skin care’s favorite flower into your routine without actually rubbing rose petals on your face. In addition to deeply moisturizing your skin, the oil can be used to treat acne scars, discoloration, and restoring your natural glow.
HYDRATE. Rose Hydrating Oil
Best Face Oil for Dry Skin
With the colder months comes dry, cracked skin. If you’re looking for something to give your face the moisture it is missing this time of year, Good Jane’s Best Face oil is a great place to start. Its fast-absorbing formula has a light, silky feel that won’t weigh down your skin. It sinks in where you need it most to give you a natural-looking glaze look.
Best Trendy Face Oil
Fans of Drunk Elephant’s skin care collections will love the Marula face oil just as much (and it’s also packaged in a well-sized bottle that’s instantly recognizable.) If you’re looking for a product that will give your face a glow while smoothing out uneven textures, this oil might be the one for you. The best part, its lightweight consistency works well on all skin types.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil
Best Anti-Aging Face Oil
While there’s nothing wrong with getting older, the laugh lines and wrinkles that often come with age can be less than desirable for some. Enter: Tata Harper’s face oil. It’s made with six different vitamins and retinoic acid that work together to restore elasticity and leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and glowy. If you’re not yet convinced, it can also be used as cuticle, hair, and eyebrow oil– making it worth the three-digit price tag.
Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
Best Overall Face Oil
The skin care brand’s reputation precedes itself, so it makes sense that its conservatively packaged face oil has been deemed worth every drop. A little over $100 will get you just half an ounce (you read that right) of La Mer’s Renewal oil, but the cocktail of luxury ingredients, which includes Lime Tea Concentrate, will make its presence known in your skincare routine.
Best Face Oil With Vitamin C
If you consider yourself a firm believer in superfoods (avocado, broccoli, ginger, etc.) and all the benefits that come with them, then Elizabeth’s Green Power face oil is exactly what your skin care routine has been missing. It’s made from punchy ingredients that are typically used to give your face a glow from the inside out but work just as well when integrated into your skin care lineup.
Green Power Multi Strength Nutri Intense Oil
Best Splurge-Worthy Face Oil
Sisley Paris’ Black Rose face oil is comparable to having your own professional facial packed into one bottle. Best suited for dry, normal, or mature skin, it has a powerful blend of plant-based ingredients that when combined with vitamins (omegas 3 and 6 to be exact) helps restore and purify your skin with moisture in between spa treatments.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil
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