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Do Oils Hydrate or Moisturize

This is Beauty Basics, a column dedicated to ending pervasive beauty myths once and for all. We last shut down the myth that pores can open and close, and this time we’re tackling the confusion around face oils: do they really moisturize your skin?

Most of us have been moisturizing our faces for a few decades, but that doesn’t mean we actually know what’s happening when we slap a product across our face. If we did, there wouldn’t be so much confusion around one particular category of moisture-boosting skincare: face oils. Face oils have been around but exploded in popularity recently as the clean beauty movement swept through our collective consciousness. One question that always comes up is whether or not face oils actually moisturize. And if they do, are they just for dry skin?

The short answer is yes, oils are part of the moisturizing process. But the long answer is a little more complicated. First, one must understand the difference between an occlusive and a humectant, the two main types of skin moisturizers. An occlusive is a heavy cream or oil that seals moisture just like plastic wrap but for your skin. Because what good is moisture if it evaporates right off your face? A humectant is an ingredient that draws in water from the environment or the lotion itself, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.

“In order to be a really effective moisturizer, you need to have both the occlusive to lock in the moisture and the humectant to draw in that water. That’s what really makes a proper moisturizer,” says says Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology in NYC. So while oils can condition the skin, they only retain water content not add it, which means they are moisturizing but not hydrating.

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So occlusives and humectants are a dynamic duo, and one without the other isn’t going to deliver the kind of glowy results you want. Which is why most moisturizer formulas are made with a combination of both. “A cream has a lot more oil content, and a lotion has less oil content and more water,” notes Dr. Mona Gohara, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. But there are many people who like to replace their serum and moisturizer with just one bottle of face oil.

“I do find that a lot of people who only use oils are actually really dehydrated or their skin barrier is compromised underneath all that application of oils,” adds Levin. “I’m not saying oils are bad, but it can’t be the only component when you’re talking about moisturizing or restoring the skin barrier.” So in short, it’s also a myth that oils are only for dry skin, since alone they can actually contribute to dehydration. We all all need to find that perfect balance between occlusives and humectants. If you like to pat an oil on your skin, do so after a lightweight lotion. If you apply a humectant-heavy serum or lotion on top of an oil or oil-reach cream, all you’ll accomplish is wasting product.

If you’re on the hunt for an oil to add into your routine, Levin recommends squalene, marula, or jojoba oil, since they can help with redness and won’t clog pores, given the molecule size. These natural oils will not only condition skin, but they’re also packed with essential vitamins. Gohara mentions mineral oil-based products like Vaseline are also a great choice for most skin types. Oils to avoid in skincare are argan and coconut oil, since the molecule size is larger and therefore may contribute to acne (but feel free to keep slathering them on your hair).

Jenna Rosenstein
Beauty Director
Jenna Rosenstein is the Beauty Director at BAZAAR.com.

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Best Face Oils For All Skin Types 2021

Face oils are like the cake frosting of skincare. Layered on as the last step, a face oil helps lock in moisture to keep everything underneath soft and hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, face oils themselves don’t actually hydrate (oil and water!) but they are a key ingredient in making your skin stay plump and radiant for years to come. The best face oils won’t just leave your skin looking slick, but will actually deliver a potent dose of active ingredients, too. Ahead, the 11 face oils we love to pat on our skin morning and night.


Jasmine Vital Oil

Once you fall in love with this oil’s elegant texture and delicious scent, you’ll also fall in love with the results. Red algae and niacinamide help brighten, firm, and boost collagen production without leaving a greasy finish.


Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

Marula seed oil is packed with antioxidants like vitamin E, omega-6, and nine fatty acids—so this is like a daily multivitamin for your face. Great for sensitive skin, we love to wear this oil alone or add a few drops into our moisturizer.


The Face Oil

Over 30 years in the making, this face oil from Augustinus Bader absorbs quickly, so you can apply SPF and makeup within minutes. The blend of luxurious natural oils are packed with amino acids and potent vitamins to keep skin looking healthy and radiant.


Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This fan-favorite oil uses squalane, evening primrose, and lavender to not only lull you to sleep—but to restore your skin overnight. The next morning your skin looks totally refreshed. 


Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil

The blend of honey, sea buckthorn, and five flower oils help restore lost moisture and soften fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, we love that you can also run it through your hair.


Active Botanical Serum

Don’t be confused by the name; Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is the only face oil you’ll ever need. Boasting 22 nutrient-rich botanicals and cold-pressed botanical and essential oils, it’s the ultimate restorative blend. Use it last in your skin care routine to seal in moisture and ensure a serious glow.


C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

Why use both an oil and a vitamin C serum when you can combine the two? That’s the genius of Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Glow, which also includes turmeric to help brighten and soothe.


Noni Glow Face Oil

This popular face oil pick gets points for feeling lightweight while bringing dry, flaky skin back to life. That’s thanks to the organic noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil.


Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil

This face oil is all about the antioxidants.  Maqui (the most antioxidant-rich fruit in the world), acai, prickly pear, and goji berry help support skin-healing.


100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Fans of The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil say it helps keep skin healthy without causing any irritation or breakouts. 


Black Rose Precious Face Oil

Bulgarian rose, camelina, plum, and avocado oils give skin an instant glow. Press a few drops into your skin after applying a serum or moisturizer.


Pore Detox CBD Face Oil

Even if you’ve never tried CBD skincare, this oil is worth giving a shot (especially if your pores have been feeling clogged from the summer heat). A trifecta of tea tree oil, blue tansy, and CBD clear pores, while leaving the skin calm and soothed (courtesy of the latter).  

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The skin care benefits of facial oils and everything else you need to know

Typically, when you hear the words “oil” and “skin” in the same sentence, it’s a recipe for disaster. But sometimes oil can actually set you on the path towards a gorgeous complexion. Crazy as it sounds, face oils can work wonders on any number of skin care woes, and transform skin from dull to dazzling.

Want to give them a try? TODAY Style consulted top dermatologists to see what types of face oils work best and what potential benefits they can offer to your skin. We’re also breaking down some of the must-try face oils to add to your routine!

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What are face oils?

Put simply, face oils are one of many skin care solutions out there. They’re specially tailored to work with your natural oils to help keep your skin balanced.

“Our skin naturally makes oils and lipids, which help prevent water loss from our skin and keep it hydrated. Face oils are substances that help complement our natural oils,” said Dr. Noelani González, director of cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai West in New York City.

Face oils can have many potential benefits, but their overall purpose is to serve as an extra level of protection for your skin.

“If you think of the skin as a brick wall, the skin cells are the bricks and the oils and lipids are the mortar, which holds the bricks together in place and prevents anything from seeping through. Face oils are considered a type of emollient, which means they help strengthen the outer layer of your skin — the stratum corneum — by softening and sealing it, preventing water loss,” González said.

Face oils are often plant-based, according to Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Lucas, and are typically derived from the various parts of plants — flowers, leaves, roots, etc. And since they can include a range of potent ingredients, the potential benefits are endless.

“While they’re predominantly known for their hydrating properties, face oils can also aid your anti-aging routine and provide antibacterial and healing properties,” Lucas said.

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Where do they go in a skin care routine?

Serums, moisturizers, oils, oh my! With so many skin care solutions available, figuring out which order to apply them in can be baffling. But it’s actually easier than you may think!

“A good rule of thumb when applying skin care products is to go from lightest to thickest. So apply your lightest products first, such as serums or oils, and move your way up to the thickest products, such as moisturizers and sunscreen,” Gonzálezsaid.

Naturally, everyone will have a different regimen depending on their skin type and the desired outcome of the oil, but one common application tip is to use a face oil to multitask with your existing skin care products.

“You can always add a few drops to your facial moisturizer or serum to achieve additive properties. Face oils can also be applied after serum to allow the treatment effects of the serum to be ‘locked into’ the skin,” Lucas said.

Face oils can be applied either in the morning or evening, or can even be used as a spot treatment to tackle skin issues like dark spots and dryness.

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Who should use face oils?

As with any skin care product, face oils should be cautiously incorporated into your routine at first to see how your skin responds.

“Face oils can be a good addition for any skin type just as long as it’s done in moderation. They need to be given a test run first,” González said.

And as always, you should consider the needs of your unique skin type before diving in.

“For instance, I warn against using face oils if you are acne-prone as these oils can be very pore-clogging and often add fuel to the pimple fire,” said board-certified dermatologist Rita V. Linkner.

According to González, dry skin types benefit the most from face oils, as they act as emollients by sealing and preventing any water loss. But that doesn’t mean that acne-prone skin types have to swear off of them for good.

“If it’s something the patient wants to try, I’ll usually recommend they start slow, only mixing a few drops in with your moisturizer and using it only 1-2 times per week to test it out. If you do break out, then this should be something you only use sporadically, such as when you feel your skin is very dry,” González said.

There are countless face oil options out there, but which one is right for your skin? We asked the experts!

The best face oils for acne-prone and oily skin

  • Face oils to try: jojoba, aloe vera, tea tree, squalane, marula

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oils, $10, Ulta

This light, non-comedogenic oil is ideal for acne-prone skin due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. But watch out if you’re prone to sensitivity!

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $40, Amazon

Marula oil is always a great choice for acne-prone skin, since it’s light and won’t clog pores.

The best face oils for dry skin

  • The experts say: “For ultradry skin, massage in a facial oil, then use a rich moisturizer on top. If you have dry skin, a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid in conjunction with a facial oil would work well. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin and replenishes any moisture loss,” Jaliman said.
  • Face oils to try: coconut, rosehip, olive, sunflower, argan, maracuja, squalane

Indie Lee Squalane Face Oil, $34, Sephora

This ultrahydrating face oil is generally safe for most skin types, but particularly useful for those with dry complexions.

Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil, $15, Amazon

This Amazon favorite has many beauty uses, and can be used as a face oil to hydrate dry skin.

The best face oils for sensitive skin

  • The experts say: “If you have sensitive skin, you want to test out any oil on a tiny spot, like your jawline or neck, before you apply it to your entire face. If it’s been a few days and your skin has reacted well, then you can try it out on your face,” González said. “Those with sensitive skin should avoid tea tree oil as it could irritate them.”
  • Face oils to try: chamomile, lavender

Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil, $50, Sephora

This potent oil combines the power of grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and rosemary oil to soothe sensitive skin.

Darphin Care Essential Oil Care, $46, Amazon

This chamomile-infused oil can help calm easily irritated, sensitive skin.

The best face oils for combination skin

  • The experts say: “Those with combination or normal skin and no other concerns can start with oils that have fatty acids and antioxidants in them to help seal their skin and protect against the damaging effects of pollution,” González said.
  • Face oils to try: marula, jojoba, grapeseed, carrot seed

Carrot Seed Oil, $9, Amazon

Carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants and moisturizes skin without clogging pores, so it can balance out combination skin.

Viva Naturals Jojoba Oil, $10, Amazon

Jojoba oil has a light texture that won’t clog pores and helps minimize shine on oily sections, so it’s ideal for combination skin.

The best face oils for hyperpigmentation

  • The experts say: “Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and can help with hyperpigmentation or dark spots,” González said.
  • Face oils to try: argan, frankincense oil, lemon oil, tea tree, evening primrose, rosehip

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, $49, Sephora

Argan oil offers the perfect consistency for multiple skin types, but is particularly is ideal for tackling hyperpigmentation.

Bio-Oil Skin Care Oil, $22, Amazon

Tackle uneven skin tone and texture this multitasking oil often touted as a scar and stretch mark-removing miracle worker.

The best anti-aging oils

  • The experts say: “Grapeseed oil has fatty acids and polyphenols, which help with premature aging. It also contains several vitamins, which help moisturize and protect the skin from damaging free radicals,” Jaliman said.
  • Face oils to try: grapeseed, olive, rosehip, sunflower

Pure Grapeseed Oil, $11, Amazon

Grapeseed oil contains several vitamins that protect the skin from free radicals, one of the main causes of premature aging.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, $10, Sephora

Rosehip oil is high in beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, and is ideal for moisturizing and plumping up your skin to retain its youthful appearance.

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What about cleansing oils? What’s the deal with those?

Not to be confused with targeted face oils, cleansing oils are an alternative to your daily face wash.

“Cleansing oils are typically formulated with a range of oils, such as virgin olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil and coconut oil. To apply, you rub the cleansing oil onto skin for about two minutes then wash with warm water and wipe it off with a washcloth,” Jaliman said.

If you’re interested in using face oils, cleansing oils can be a great gateway product to see how your skin will respond to oils.

Cleansing oils aren’t any better or worse than your average facial cleanser, and it’s really all about personal preference. They can, however, have certain benefits.

“A cleansing oil should leave your skin feeling moisturized and fresh. It should be lightweight and leave no residue,” Jaliman said.

6 Reasons to Use a Face Oil in Your Routine

When it comes to moisturizing your face, chances are good, you rely on a facial moisturizer or face serum to whip your skin into shape. While both skin care products are essentials in their own right, there may be one product you’ve looked past or deciding against using: face oil. Maybe you’ve stayed away because you have oily skin, or perhaps you think that your skin is properly nourished and doesn’t need extra hydration. Facial oil, however, is not a skin care products reserved solely for dry skin—practically anyone can use a facial oil as a beneficial part of their skin care routine.

Sure, having a ton of oil on your face may not seem ideal, but the right face oil can have a surprising amount of benefits when you apply it correctly. Ready to explore the wonders of this buzzy skin care product? Follow along for six reasons to use face oil.


Before we get into all the reasons why you need to add a face oil to your arsenal, you need to know exactly what this essential is. Face oils are designed to provide skin with moisture and lock in hydration. Typically formulated with a mixture of plant oils, this essential comes in handy to soften, nourish, and balance skin for a healthy-looking glow. 


Ready to see what all the hype is about concerning face oil? Here are six reasons why this beauty staple is a staple in the first place.

1. It seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment. While anyone, even those with oily skin, can benefit from facial oil, they can be especially nourishing for dry skin. Whether you are experiencing dry skin because of the weather, or you always have dry skin, facial oil can help boost your moisturizer’s hydrating efforts. When you apply oil on your face after your moisturizer, it seals in all of the hydrating ingredients, making your skin more likely to hold onto that added hydration. Beyond helping to seal in hydration, the best face oils can provide nourishment of their own, as well.

Apply a few drops of facial oil in the morning and at night after your moisturizer if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin, consider only applying at night.

2. It promotes a healthy-looking glow. Your skin may appear dull and dry as you age—this is common because your skin produces fewer natural oils over time. Your skin may also look dull if your body is dehydrated, you haven’t had enough sleep, or you don’t exfoliate enough. No matter the cause of your dull skin, using oils on your face can help restore moisture and encourage glowing skin. A face oil can also be used for an immediate glowing effect. You can smooth one onto the high points of your face as a makeup-free, natural-looking highlight.

3. It can help foundation apply more smoothly. The silky, luxurious feel of facial oil makes it a great skin care product to apply before your concealer or liquid foundation. If your skin is dry, flaky, or has blemishes, it can be difficult to apply makeup with a seamless finish. A facial oil can help your makeup brushes glide across the skin so you can create a flawless base, making it less likely that your makeup clumps or streaks.

Editor’s tip: Beyond using face oil under makeup, you can also mix the two together. Try adding a few drops of face oil to your favorite foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, for a slightly more sheer and more glow-boosting formula.

4. It can protect skin. When applied as the last step of your skin care routine in the morning, facial oil can act as a barrier for the outer layer of your skin.

5. It can keep damaging free radicals at bay. Depending on the formula you choose, your face oil may have antioxidant properties that work wonders for the skin. One of the main benefits you may ask? Protecting skin from free radicals. Yup, the right face oil option can help prevent some of the negative skin effects of free radicals, like loss of elasticity and photoaging.

6. It won’t clog your pores. Think that putting oil on a face is a recipe for clogged pores? Think again. With the right amount of face oil and the right formula, acne shouldn’t be a factor. You can seek out non-comedogenic face oils in particular to avoid clogged pores.

Next up: Now that you have the 4-1-1 on using face oil, let’s cover another skin care must-have. Head on over to our article, What Is a Face Serum and Why Should You Use One.

13 Best Face Oils in 2021 for Healthy, Balanced Skin

Face oils are on a redemption tour, and not a moment too soon. After years of taking the blame for clogged pores and a shiny finish, the category’s latest round of entries aims to be all things to all people: clarifying for those prone to breakouts, nourishing to parched complexions, and balancing for everyone who falls somewhere in between. 

The reason why a well-chosen face oil has such versatility across skin types comes down to a natural affinity with skin composition. “Part of the skin barrier is composed of the lipid layer, which is made up of ceramides, cholesterols, and essential fatty acids,” says San Francisco-based aesthetician Kristina Holey. “Therefore, using facial oil [with a similar profile] can be really strategic in replenishing that protective layer and balancing skin function.”

One reason for their comeback is that there’s now much more nuance within the face oil realm. “Not all oils are created equal,” says Marisa Garshick, M. D., a dermatologist in New York City. “Oils with a larger molecule size can be considered comedogenic—meaning they clog pores—but those with smaller molecule size, such as squalane and argan oil, penetrate the skin a bit better.”

While one school of thought advises face oil in lieu of moisturizer, instead consider it a complement to your face cream. Oil can actually help maintain good hydration, addressing dry areas and imparting a soft, smooth texture. “In general, our skin needs water and oil, and moisturizers can help boost water content in the skin,” says Garshick of those emulsified formulas. “But when oil is applied after moisturizer, it helps to prevent water evaporation, ultimately keeping that moisture locked in.”

For the best results, apply a few drops of oil as the final step in your routine. “I warm it between the palms, then spread evenly across face, neck, and chest, and then massage it into the skin for three to five minutes,” says Holey, who recommends an intuitive approach. “Follow what feels best.” These 13 options—geared toward parched, combination, or sensitive skin, as well as dry oils for those wary of shine—are a good place to start. 

Face Oils for Sensitive Skin

Pai The Light Fantastic ceramide face oil

While oils often contain fatty acids, this stands out for its supply of ceramides, a lipid native to the skin barrier. It’s also formulated with grapeseed oil, which is popular for good reason. “It contains linoleic acid, making it a good option for those with dry skin, as well as antioxidant benefits for someone who is also looking for anti-aging and skin brightening benefits,” says Garshick.

Saint Jane Beauty The C-Drops oil

This face oil packs powerful ingredients in every drop. Not only does it deliver vitamin C at a 20 percent concentration—paired with ferulic acid to enhance its absorption—but it also contains CBD to help soothe skin and offset any irritation.

True Botanicals Calm Pure Radiance oil

Even those with the most reactive skin can find comfort in this gentle face oil, which actively soothes with a nourishing blend of calendula, ginger root, and cucumber seed oils. Together, they quell inflammation and keep skin calm.

Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence

Created by Amanda Lacey, a London-based facialist who tends to Emily Blunt and Gwyneth Paltrow, this nighttime oil helps ease redness and relieve dryness. Its herbal scent draws upon lavender, sage, and eucalyptus. 

Hydrating Face Oils

Joaquina Botánica Orquídea + Vitamin C hydrating glow oil

Like a vacation in a bottle, this South American newcomer serves up a blend of superfruit seed oils—including maracuja, papaya, camu camu, and sacha inchi—along with an antioxidant-rich orchid extract. For a boost of vitamin A, there is also bakuchiol, a gentle botanical alternative to retinol.

Biography Golden Ray face oil

Dullness proves no match for this oil, which offers a blend of skin-nourishing fruit and carrot seed oils; the latter alone provides vitamins A, C, and E. The formula also boasts French marine algae, which is clinically proven to spur collagen production.

Farmacy Honey Grail ultra-hydrating face oil

This lightweight formula pairs buckwheat honey (with natural humectant and antioxidant properties) with a collection of flower-derived oils for supple, nourished skin. A few drops mixed into moisturizer or foundation can offer a customized hydration boost; it can also multitask as a hair oil to smooth flyaways.

Face Oils for Combination Skin

Mara Evening Primrose + Green Tea Algae Retinol face oil

As beloved as retinol may be for its ability to speed cell turnover and clarify skin, it can be drying for some. Enter this formula, which cleverly buffers that effect with a blend of botanical oils and nutrient-rich seaweed.

African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula oil

Fast to absorb, this face oil features cold-pressed marula wild-harvested by collectives in Africa. “As it is rich in fatty acids, marula helps to moisturize the skin without leaving it feeling greasy,” says Garshick. This formula is particularly good for combination skin types, with clarifying and brightening effects thanks to neroli oil. 

54 Thrones Nejma balancing night oil

This two-pronged formula is especially good for blemish-prone skin. Moroccan blue tansy, rich in azulene, has a calming effect, while kigelia africana extract helps clear pores and minimize excess oil—not to mention offers its own antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dry Face Oils

Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious face oil

This category of oils manages to feel dry immediately upon application, requiring no time to sink in—and this one is especially luxurious. The formula’s fatty acids act to replenish the barrier, while the eponymous black rose extract helps smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Mutha face oil

Designed to hydrate, repair, and protect skin, this botanical blend achieves all of the above without feeling heavy. Star ingredients include squalene and kalahari melon seed oil for sealing in moisture, while sea buckthorn and rosehip work to boost radiance over time. 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oat & Hemp Seed dry oil

Colloidal oatmeal is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient, and research shows that it can alleviate dryness and itchiness alike. In this lightweight oil, it’s paired with hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, and other super-soothers to nourish and calm skin.

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Can You Use Oil Instead of Moisturizer?

Trends in the skincare industry are often unpredictable. One of them that surprised many people and created many controversies among skincare experts is using oil instead of moisturizer. On the internet, you can find opinions stating that using oils comes at the expense of healthy skin. On the other hand, many articles are praising the positive effects of face oil. You might be wondering which side of the story is true. As we would like to get to the bottom of this case, we asked the pro’s over at sahaselfcare.com to take a closer look at oils and try to answer once and for all if they can be good alternatives to moisturizers. Here is what they told us.


What Does the Oil Do?

The main function of oil is to moisturize the skin. It creates a protective barrier that prevents dehydration of the skin cells and allows the skin to retain moisture. When your skin loses water, it gets dry and flaky. This may lead to more serious problems such as stretch marks.


What are the Types of Oils?

There are two main categories of oils, face oils, and carrier oils. Face oils are made for the face whereas carrier oils are meant to be used in skincare products. We will take a look at each of these types and their benefits.


Face Oils

You can use face oils like any other facial moisturizer. They are applied on the skin after cleansing, and you should not use them too often and no more than 1-2 times per day. Apply 5-6 drops of oil on the face and massage it gently to get the benefits. You can also combine face oils with other skincare products that you usually use.

Face oils are the most popular type of oils for facial care. They are often used by women and men who are looking for better skin quality. The majority of facial oils contain ingredients that moisturize the skin and promote its elasticity. Some oils also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. There are three main types of face oils: natural oils, essential oils, and synthetic oils. Let’s take a closer look at them below.


Natural Oils

Natural oils are made from all-natural ingredients like fruits, nuts, vegetables, etc. Some examples of natural face oils include jojoba oil, argan oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, etc. These types of oils contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that promote healthy skin. Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils you can use for your skin as it contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties.


Essential Oils

Essential oils are extracted from plants and flowers using special methods such as steam distillation. They often contain anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing properties. Some examples of face essential oils include lavender essential oil, rose essential oil, patchouli essential oil, etc. Essential oils are believed to repair damaged cells and inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria.


Synthetic Oils

Synthetic oils do not come from natural sources but are manufactured in laboratories using chemical processes. These are some examples of synthetic face oils: mineral oil, vegetable oil, silicone oil, etc. They are very affordable and easy to find, but experts generally do not recommend them for skincare as they have many side effects such as irritation, breakouts, etc. You should avoid using them if you can.


Carrier Oils

Carrier oils can be used to create your own homemade face creams. Some of them can also be used as a moisturizer on their own. To use them properly, you should mix them with other ingredients such as yogurt, honey, etc. Make sure that you do not heat the mixture; you should mix it without adding any heat. You can use carrier oils in combination with essential oils for better skin quality.

Carrier oils are much healthier than commercial moisturizers because they contain high amounts of fatty acids that improve skin quality. These fatty acids can be easily absorbed into the skin and nourish it from within. Some examples of carrier oils include jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. Carrier oils do not clog pores and do not cause acne or other side effects that you would normally get from typical moisturizers. These oils come with many additional benefits such as improving the texture of the hair and providing relief from itching caused by dry scalp. One downside is that they are quite expensive compared to other types of oil. Keep in mind that not all carrier oils are safe for topical use on the face; only some of them can be safely applied to your skin. Before using any carrier oil, make sure that it is safe to use on your face by researching it first!


How to Use Oils Properly?

Now that you know what types of oil exist, we will take a look at how they can be used for skin care purposes:


To Get Rid of Acne

Face oils may help reduce the appearance of acne and prevent the recurrence of these breakouts. To be able to get rid of pimples, you have to select a suitable face oil that contains ingredients that are known to fight acne and other skin issues. This includes ingredients such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, etc.


To Prevent Aging

Excess sun exposure and pollution can lead to premature aging of the skin. The best way to avoid this issue is to use face oils that contain anti-aging properties. Some of the best ingredients for anti-aging include vitamins A, C, and E, ceramides, phytosterols, and squalane. You can also use natural oils like argan oil or jojoba oil, which are made from plants that contain anti-aging properties.


To Manage Fine Lines and Wrinkles

The best face oils contain retinol, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It is very important to check whether the oil you are using contains retinol because many cheap oils do not contain this ingredient. If you want to use an oil with retinol, make sure it is properly diluted in a base oil or another carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. The concentration of retinol in the face oil should be at least 1% to see visible results.


How Do Face Oils Compare to Moisturizers?

Some people think that face oils and moisturizers are basically the same things, but they actually work in completely different ways. Let’s take a look at what is the difference between these two products and how they affect your skin:

Moisturizer vs. Face Oil

Moisturizer is made to maintain the natural oil of your skin by providing it with extra moisture. It prevents excessive sebum production and clogging of pores. On the other hand, face oils contain a high concentration of fatty acids and other ingredients that can penetrate deep into the skin, nourishing it from within. They have the ability to improve skin elasticity and provide a protective barrier against dehydration.


Are Moisturizers and Oils Interchangeable?

Moisturizers and face oils are not interchangeable. You cannot use oil in place of moisturizer because oils are too heavy for the skin. They will make your face oily and greasy, which is something you definitely want to avoid as it will make your skin look worse than ever. On the other hand, you cannot use a typical moisturizer on your face because it will not provide long-lasting moisture to your skin.



In conclusion, facial oils are definitely better than commercial moisturizers. They have many benefits including getting rid of acne, preventing premature aging, and managing fine lines and wrinkles. Not to mention that most of them on the market are all-natural and safe to use. However, you should take into consideration that some of them may cause irritation or other side effects. Before using any oil on your face, make sure that it is safe to use on your skin by doing some research first. If you start using a face oil and start to get a rash or pimples it is best that you consult with a professional as there might be an underlying issue. Some people have issues with conventional moisturizers, they might make your skin feel even dryer, or oilier because they have ingredients that are quite questionable. If you are one of these people then maybe face oils are the perfect solution to your problem.

Using Oil on your skin – Here’s the low down!

I hear all sorts of thing about using oils on your skin, especially your face, from “they block your pores” to ” they leave a greasy residue” to “oils are bad for your skin”. I want to dispel these myths and tell you to embrace oils! They are good for your skin. I promise.

I’ve put together a few questions and answers that I hope will help you understand better how oils on the skin work.

  1. What is the difference between a mineral oil and a plant oil?

Skin Care products can contain mineral oils or plant oils or both. A mineral oil is petroleum based and does not absorb into the skin because its molecular structure does not allow it. Instead it forms a barrier on  the skin that keeps water locked in. The oil itself does not add any moisture to the skin as it can’t absorb. A plant oil is obviously from plants and unlike mineral oil, it can absorb into the skin. Some plant oils will have higher absorption abilities due to smaller molecules in the oil that allows them to penetrate the skin. Plant oils will also keep water locked in as the water can’t escape through the oil. Plant oil differs to mineral oil however in that it does add moisture to the skin. This is extremely useful as it helps protect the skin against the signs of ageing. It helps to plump the skin up and smooth out fine lines. Every skincare routine should include a Facial Oil, especially the over 30’s. Holos Skincare uses plant oils in all of our products.




  1.  Is coconut oil good for the facial skin?

It depends on what you want from coconut oil and how you use it, and in what form. When you buy coconut oil in a jar, that is solidified, you are buying coconut oil in its most natural state. It will have its coconut aroma and will melt when you touch it. However this form is not very highly absorbable so won’t penetrate the skin to lock in moisture or add plumpness to it. It will however be useful as a cleansing oil or an oil mask that will be removed. To use coconut oil as a moisturising oil, it needs to be fractionated. That means the element that causes the oil to solidify is removed making it more readily absorbable for use on the facial skin. We use this form of coconut oil in Holos Skincare so that you get the most from the oil and it adds vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to the skin as it can absorb.

  1.  Should we use the same plants oils on the face as on the body?

No. As the skin on the face is thinner, and more prone to the signs of ageing (this is because it is uncovered and open to the elements at all times), it needs more absorbable oils than those used on the body. Also people don’t generally want to have a thick oil on the face that takes a long time to absorb. Oils such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil are too thick for the face but are perfect for the body. They are excellent carrier oils to massage essential oils into the body for absorption into the skin. They are fine to use on the face if they are used as cleansing oils or masks. The best oils for adding moisture to the face are Argan and Rosehip. They absorb quickly adding vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to the skin, giving it a natural plumpness. Holos Love Your Skin Anti-ageing facial oil is made with Argan Oil and we also have a lovely new products that contain Rosehip: This is More Multi-use Plant Oil.



  1. Should people with oily skin avoid using oil on their face?

No. Everyone should use oil on their face as we lose oil in our skin as it ages and we need to replace it  to maintain good skin health. There are certain oils however that you should avoid if you have oily skin. Mineral oils won’t absorb and will sit on the skin. They can block pores so need to be avoided by those with oily skin or large open pores. Thicker oils like sweet almond and olive oil should also be avoided unless being removed straight away (perhaps if you are using the oil as a cleansing oil) as these too can sit on the skin and block pores. However Argan oil is perfect for oily skin and will absorb and in fact help balance out the oil levels in the skin.

90,000 Which oil moisturizes the skin best

TOP-10 best oils for moisturizing

Oil for moisturizing the face is important to choose the right one for the type of skin. Below you will find a description of the 10 most effective oils for moisturizing your face.

Each of them has its own consistency and texture, which is suitable for a particular skin type. By choosing the right moisturizing oil for your skin, you will replenish your cosmetic arsenal with an effective natural remedy.Any natural oil can be used both as a main and auxiliary product for facial skin care.


1. Oil for oily and combination skin
2. For normal to dry skin

3. For dry, sensitive and problematic
4. For all types
5. For irritated and combined
6. For skin prone to flaking, sensitive and normal
7.For oily, combination and sensitive
8. For dry and dehydrated
9. For aging skin
10. For dry and aging skin

№1 Apricot kernel oil

Skin type. Apricot Kernel Moisturizing Oil has a light texture and is excellent for oily, combination and problem skin as a basic care product. It is also effective for the care of aging skin and a reliable assistant in the fight against wrinkles and wrinkles.Suitable for daily skin care of the eyelids, around the eyes and décolleté.


Vitamins: A, C, F

Minerals: potassium, magnesium


It helps to retain moisture, preventing dryness and flaking. Apricot kernel oil is well absorbed, promotes cell regeneration, restores radiance and a healthy color to the skin. It is also known for its rejuvenating and tonic effects.


Apricot Kernel Moisturizing Oil can be used either alone or mixed with other ingredients.For use in its pure form, it is applied in the morning and in the evening in small quantities with the help of massage movements and light tapping with the fingertips.

To moisturize combination, problem and oily skin, as well as to fight wrinkles and wrinkles, the following recipe will be useful.


  • apricot kernels oil – 5 ml
  • jojoba oil – 5 ml
  • avocado oil – 5 ml
  • sandalwood essential oil – 2-3 drops

All of these components are mixed, applied to cleansed skin in the morning and in the evening.The mixture is stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

! Make-up after using the composition can be applied in 5-10 minutes.

Apricot kernel oil for the face->

No. 2 Olive oil for moisturizing the face

Skin type. Normal to dry skin prone to flaking.


Vitamins A, E, D

Phosphatides, phosphoritides

Fatty acids: oleic, linoleic, palmitic, stearic



Olive oil to moisturize the face nourishes, strengthens the cell walls.It slows down the aging process, accelerates regeneration, and restores a healthy glow to the skin.


To moisturize the skin, olive oil is used in its pure form and as part of masks. In its pure form, it is enough to apply a small amount with massage movements in the morning and evening on previously cleansed skin. Residues can be removed with a dry cloth. Suitable as a base for cosmetics.

Olive oil can be mixed for normal skin – with jojoba or apricot kernel oil, for dry and flaky skin – with castor oil or wheat germ in equal proportions.

Face masks with olive oil->

Little olive oil is also used to strengthen hair, read more here ->

Olive oil for face->

No. 3 Castor oil to moisturize the skin of the face

Skin type: dry, sensitive, problem skin


Acids: ricinoleic, linoleic, oleic, palmitic, stearic

Vitamins: E

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Castor oil specific characteristics.It not only helps to retain moisture in skin cells, but also relieves inflammation, irritation, eliminates dryness and flaking. With regular use, it will make the skin velvety, healthy and radiant.


In its pure form, castor oil heated in a water bath is applied to the skin of the face with massage movements 1-2 times a day.

It can be used as a makeup remover. The method of application is no different from the usual store product.

Castor oil can be used in a 1: 1 ratio with jojoba, grape seed or rosehip oil to moisturize normal to oily skin.
Castor oil is also an effective remedy for hair, more details here ->

! To enhance the moisturizing properties of any of these oils, after application from above, you can apply a moisturizing face cream. So it will contribute to a deeper penetration of the cream and enhance its properties.

Castor oil for face->

No. 4 Avocado oil

Skin type: for all skin types


Vitamins: A, E, D, B, K, PP

Minerals: potassium, zinc, squalene, lecithin

Fatty acids: oleic, palmitic, linoleic, steoric


Softens, nourishes, retains moisture in cells, promotes regeneration, stimulates blood circulation and restores a healthy appearance to the skin.Therefore, it is effective in the fight against wrinkles and wrinkles. An excellent remedy not only for moisturizing, but also for improving the skin of the face.

Recipes with avocado oil

Avocado oil is used to moisturize the face both as a main and auxiliary component. It will help restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. Use it effectively as a cleansing and moisturizing lotion before bed.

Mask for moisturizing face skin with avocado


  • avocado – 1 piece
  • banana – 1 piece
  • olive or avocado oil – 1 tbsp.l.

Mix all components, apply on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. This recipe is especially suitable for dry and aging skin.

No. 5 Almond oil

Leather type: for all types. Almond oil is suitable for moisturizing dry, normal, sensitive, irritated, oily and combination skin


Vitamins: A, E, B, F


Almond oil moisturizes and helps to maintain dry and normal skin toned, relieves irritation of sensitive skin, eliminates inflammation of the problem, with oily and combination skin – helps to narrow the pores.With regular use, it returns a healthy color and shine, the skin becomes velvety, all shortcomings and imperfections are gradually smoothed out (inflammation disappears, wrinkles and scars become less noticeable).


Almond oil for facial moisturizing is used both in pure form and together with auxiliary components. In its pure form, it is enough like others – just apply daily morning and evening on a cleansed face. In the morning, you can use it like a regular moisturizer, letting the oil absorb for a few minutes, and removing the rest with a dry cloth.In the evening, you can remove makeup with it or simply use it as a lotion undiluted. It is not necessary to apply the cream after such a procedure, the skin will receive the necessary nutrition and hydration.

Mask: almond oil to moisturize the face:

  • almond oil – 5 ml
  • castor oil – 5 ml
  • macadamia oil – 5 ml

Everything is mixed, applied to the face for 15-20 minutes with massage movements, residues removed with a dry cloth.For normal and oily skin, it is additionally recommended to rinse your face with a pre-prepared chamomile decoction.

Each moisturizing oil from the list provided gently nourishes the skin, restoring it to healthy radiance and natural beauty. With regular use of natural oil to moisturize your face, you will not need other daily care products, the skin will receive all the necessary components. Although you will have to carry out additional cleaning procedures to avoid comedogenicity.

Almond oil for wrinkles ->

No. 6 Peach oil

Skin type: sensitive, normal, skin prone to flaking, the oil can also be used for oily grist. Peach oil for moisturizing the face is good because it does not leave an oily sheen. Its texture is slightly heavier than that of apricot kernel oil.


Vitamins – A, B, E, C, P.

Minerals – potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron, iodine.

Unsaturated and saturated fatty acids – oleic (67%), linoleic (35%), palmitic (8%), linolenic, stearic, palmitoleic, arachidic and others.


Peach oil will help to retain moisture in cells, it can quickly soften and eliminate tightness, dryness and flaking. This oil will help in facial skin care and will be an excellent remedy for wrinkles and wrinkles in the early stages. Due to the fact that it leaves almost no oily sheen and is quickly absorbed, it can be used for oily skin.(But owners of oily skin should not forget about cleansing procedures. For example, about scrubs). An additional benefit of using peach oil to moisturize your face is that this oil makes any skin more velvety and attractive.


Peach oil for moisturizing dry and flaky skin
  • 1 tsp. peach oil
  • 2-3 drops of sandalwood essential oil

Mix the oils and apply to cleansed skin for 15-20 minutes.Remove residues with a dry cloth.

Peach oil for moisturizing oily and sensitive skin
  • 1 tsp. peach oil
  • 1 tsp. aloe juice
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E

All ingredients are mixed and applied to the face for 10-20 minutes. Then the face is rinsed first with warm and then cool water.

Peach oil for moisturizing normal skin
  • 1 tsp. peach oil
  • 1 tspl. olive oil
  • 2-3 drops of neroli essential oil

Mix everything, apply to cleansed skin and keep it for 10-15 minutes. Then we blot the leftovers with a dry napkin. After that, you can wash your face with a decoction of herbs or apply a moisturizer.

All the nuances of using this oil in the article Peach oil for the face ->

No. 7 Wine oil

of the grave seed

Skin type: oily, sensitive, combined


Vitamins A, B, C, E, PP, a lot of unsaturated fatty acids.


Oil contains essential vitamins to nourish the skin. The minerals and acids in the oil help to improve cell metabolism, strengthen cell membranes and help retain moisture inside the cell. The light texture of the oil allows it to be used for oily skin care, as it does not leave film and shine.


Universal mask for moisturizing the face

  • 5 ml of jojoba oil
  • 5 ml of grape seed
  • 1-2 drops of sandalwood, patchouli or jasmine essential oil

Applies to cleansed skin for 15-20 minutes, then the residues are removed with a dry cloth.This composition can also be applied to the area around the eyes (for 5-7 minutes)

All the necessary information on the use of this oil in our article Grape seed oil for the face ->

No. 8 Coconut oil moisturizing for the face

Type Skin: coconut oil can be used for all skin types, but it is most suitable for dry, dehydrated skin with the first signs of aging.


Coconut oil consists of more than 80% fatty acids: lauric (up to 55%), oleic acid (up to 10%), palmitic (up to 10%), caprylic (up to 10%), stearic (about 3%).Vitamins: E, K and Choline. Minerals: calcium, iron and zinc.


Coconut oil contains a large amount of fatty acids (lauric, palmitic, etc.) essential for healthy skin. Fatty acids are responsible for the barrier layer, restore the cell membranes of the lipid layer, and help retain moisture. Regular use of coconut oil helps to restore the optimal balance of fatty acids and repair the damaged barrier.As a result, the skin of the face receives the necessary hydration, nutrition and becomes healthier and more well-groomed. Fine wrinkles are smoothed out, skin gains a healthy glow.


Coconut oil to moisturize the face is good to use in the following mask:

  • coconut oil – 5 ml
  • avocado oil – 5 ml
  • sweet almond oil – 5 ml
  • sandalwood essential oil – 2- 3 drops

All components of this mask are selected to provide maximum nutrition and hydration to all skin types.By making this moisturizing face mask every 1-2 weeks, you help your skin get the additional nutrition it needs to maintain its youth and beauty for a long time.

More about coconut oil for face->

# 9 Rosehip oil

Skin type: ideal for the permanent care of aging facial skin and the prevention of wrinkles.


Vitamins A, C, E. Minerals: potassium, magnesium, copper, iron.With a lack of these microelements in the diet, the use of rosehip oil is perfect.


Fatty acids help moisturize the skin and retain moisture inside cells, as well as create a strong cell membrane. The minerals in this oil are essential for cellular metabolism and intense nutrition. Vitamins C and E work as antioxidants, vitamin A promotes active tissue regeneration.


A mask with rosehip oil and olive oil is suitable for moisturizing the face and smoothing out wrinkles and wrinkles.

  • 5 ml olive oil
  • 10 ml rosehip oil

The application procedure is usually as follows. Cleanse your face with toner or facial cleanser. Mix the oils until the consistency is as homogeneous as possible. Apply the resulting mixture to problem areas with a cotton pad. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the residue with a dry cloth.

More about rosehip oil for face ->

# 10 Wheat germ oil

Skin type: Wheat germ oil is recommended for normal, dry and flaky skin.


Vitamins: A (and other carotenoids), B, E, PP, F (Omega-6). Minerals: selenium, zinc, iron. Fatty acid.


Nourishes, helps to retain moisture in cells, protects against UV, SPF20, restores firmness and elasticity of the skin. Effective against wrinkles and wrinkles. Can be used to care for the skin around the eyes.


Oil for moisturizing the face and fighting wrinkles is effective in the following recipe:

  • 5 ml castor oil
  • 5 ml wheat germ oil

They are usually mixed in a 1: 1 ratio for dry skin, 1 : 2 – for normal and 1: 3 – for oily.If you decide to use wheat germ oil for the face and castor oil, then it is better to warm the mixture a little in a water bath.

More about Wheat Germ Oil for Face ->

Safety Precautions

Before using any of the specified product should be checked for personal intolerance. Apply a small amount of the oil or the prepared mixture to the area of ​​the skin on the wrist or on the bend of the elbow, leave for 10-15 minutes and evaluate the effect. If no discomfort has arisen, this remedy is right for you.

! Important! When using oil to moisturize your face, keep in mind that the oil itself does not contain moisturizing ingredients, it only helps the cells to retain moisture. Therefore, in addition to oil, it is necessary to use other cosmetic moisturizers. And also, make sure that the body has always had enough fluid.

6 oils for dry skin plus anti-aging boosters

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Pure oils for clear skin

Dry skin is as much an aspect of life in the middle of winter as snowy days and excruciating chills. There are many ways to solve this problem: experiment with moisturizers, choose gentle, non-drying cleansers, even include a moisturizer that can help your skin by adding moisture to dry air. Or try disposable body oils.

What makes one-component oils a better choice than department store ready-made oils? The answer is simple: net curation of .

Branded lotions and creams often contain preservatives, colors and artificial fragrances, all of which can lead to skin sensitization. Armed with essential oils, you can adapt your body oils to stretch marks, sun spots and wounds – changing your daily routine if you want.

You might be ditching pretty packaging, but with this DIY aesthetic, you have more control over ingredients and application.

How to use them? This part is as simple as it gets.In most cases, you will need to apply a thin layer to damp (not dry) skin. While you don’t want to leave too much excess on your skin, try to let the oil soak for as long as possible – you will soon notice the difference.

Gentle sweet almond oil is usually safe even for sensitive skin (although you should always check it before treatment). It has a pleasantly mild scent, which means this oil is particularly adept at double duty – it’s subtle sweet scent. When the skin is no longer dry and irritated, try mixing it with brown sugar to create a general cleansing body scrub.

Increase the amount of oil: Combine cinnamon, clove, rose and lavender oils for an anti-spasm blend. Lavender and rose oils are known to help relieve pain.

Another sweet, light oil to apply to body and hair! – Apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamins such as A, C, E and K. To avoid clogged pores and breakouts, be sure to rinse it off your skin with warm water and gently wipe it off with a clean towel. Apricot kernel also does a great double job for dry, damaged Hair: Add a few drops to a heated carrier oil, such as almond oil, and then apply to damp hair, wrapped in a towel for at least 20 minutes.(An overnight stay will work, too.)

Increase the amount of oil: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to apricot kernel oil for an anti-acne blend.

Sunflower oil has a very soothing effect due to its many monounsaturated fatty acids and their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (In Russia, sunflower oil even helped prevent sepsis and mortality in premature babies compared to an oil-based moisturizer.This means it can help with skin irritation – not just dry skin, but also chronic acne and eczema.

Boost your oil: Add a few drops of lavender to enhance the healing properties and add a divine relaxing scent. Lavender is known to help fight stress that can irritate the skin.

This light, vitamin-rich oil is used in a variety of skin care products – even those for use on the face, as its polyphenols may have some anti-aging properties.Unlike some heavier oils, grape seed oil is safe even for breakout-prone skin. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is also great if you are prone to scratching and cutting your knees.

Boost your oil: A few drops of anti-aging sandalwood will help soften the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Perhaps the most counterintuitive choice here, olive oil is a staple in every Mediterranean pantry – also an ancient beauty tool (and probably available in your kitchen right now).This is the perfect all-round skin cream: use it to gently remove makeup, soothe cracked heels, strengthen hair, or simply moisturize dry skin. Wipe off excess lightly to prevent irritation or clogging.

Boost your oil: Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil for stronger hair. Clinical reviews show that rosemary can restore hair loss and.

Just as you can tailor body oils to your needs, there is no one way to use them.The best way to avoid skin reactions is to follow a certain set of rules. Buy one-component essential oils like any other organic product:

  • Patch test: Apply a drop to the inside of your wrist and wait at least 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
  • Buy locally from trusted suppliers whenever possible.
  • Fewer ingredients and preservatives often mean less irritation.
  • Avoid preservatives and chemicals if possible.
  • Avoid flavoring additives otherwise listed as parfum.
  • Purchase additional amber (sunscreen) containers for your own blends to avoid exposing your oils to excessive sun exposure.

Remember that many of the most effective oils cannot be purchased at the mall unless you have a health food store. They are a click away from the checkout cart, however, and are available at a big discount compared to the $ 100 department store brands.So what kind of moisturizing oil does your skin crave?

While research shows there are health benefits, the FDA does not monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. Before using essential oils, it is important to speak with your doctor and be careful when choosing a quality brand.

Diana Keeler has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Marie Claire, NYLON and others. She lives in Brooklyn.You can follow her adventures on Twitter. .

Best Facial Oils to Add to Daily Skin Care

I remember when Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil was first released. At the time, I was working for a magazine, and the trend towards using oils for skin care was rapidly evolving – all the major brands were clamoring for the oil to be brought to market.

The Bobbi Brown version was great. However, I had absolutely no chance of applying it to my , face .Oil on my acne prone skin? It seemed like a terrible idea.

It was only when I stumbled upon Sundari essential oil for oily skin that I decided to try the skin care oil for myself. It looked different as the formula is very light, the instructions only require two drops (how much damage can this do?). And the website explains that peppermint helps control sebum production. Of course, I hesitated the first night I used it, but when I woke up to glow, even my skin I knew it was oil – and I haven’t looked back since.

Despite the popularity of face oils, I understand that there are still many people who are just as scared as I am. Here’s the key: you have to figure out which face oil is right for your skin and start slowly with a drop or two. These seven skin care oils are some of the most popular and highly recommended by experts. Read on to find out which one you should try.

1. Best Face Oil for Acne: Tea Tree Oil

Even though I was scared of facial oils, I remember using The Body Shop tea tree oil as an acne remedy in high school.It tastes and smells more like astringent than oil, so it doesn’t have the same irritating factor that pushed me away from others. And tea tree oil does work: Studies have shown that five percent of tea tree oil is as effective in treating acne as five percent of benzoyl peroxide. Miami-based dermatologist Leslie Baumann recommends tea tree oil as a mild, natural alternative to more severe acne treatments.

  • 1.The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $ 10, Amazon

Also available at Ulta.

This oil contains 15 percent tea tree oil concentrate and helps fight breakouts, remove impurities and leave the skin matte.

  • 2. Burt’s Bees Herbal Face Stick, $ 8, Walmart

Also available at Target.

This product not only contains tea tree oil and juniper oil, it also comes in the form of an easy-to-use stick that is sized to fit easily into your purse.

2. Best Facial Oil for Oily Skin: Grape Seed Oil

If you have oily skin – even if you don’t have acne – you’re probably as anti-oil as I am. In the middle of the day, I’ll need blotting paper or pressed powder – definitely no more oil on my already shiny forehead. But grape seed oil (like the peppermint oil I mentioned earlier) can actually help regulate natural oil production, says holistic skincare expert Cecilia Wong.In addition, it is high in antioxidants, including vitamin C, which lightens the skin. Still not sure? “I often tell people who are interested in skin care oils to start using them on their body, and if you like the results, try them on your face,” Wong said.

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  • Caudalie Vine [Activ] Overnight Detox Oil, $ 50, Macy’s

Also available from Sephora.

Containing more than 10,000 of Sephora’s favorite products, this oil is composed of grape seed oil for regeneration and hydration, carrot, lavender and white sandalwood oils for detoxification, almond oil, rosemary extract and neroli essential oil to fight fatigue …

3. The Best Anti-Aging Facial Oil: Argan Oil

When I think of argan oil, supermodel and skincare guru Josie Maran comes to mind.Her entire line is based on this wonderful ingredient, and her perfect complexion is proof of how well this ingredient works. Argan oil is also very rare and expensive, so it’s good that you only need a small amount to be effective. “If you see 1 ounce of argan for $ 15, it’s wrong,” Wong said. She adds that ingredients may be added to the cheaper versions that make them less effective.

  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $ 40, Amazon

Also available for $ 48 at Sephora.

Argan oil is believed to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing the skin. This oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids that are more resistant to sunlight than other antioxidants, so it is great to wear during the day.

4. The best face oil for skin regeneration: black currant oil.

I asked Wong what she would recommend to a client whose skin has been injured in some way – for example, after a laser procedure, too much sun exposure, or even a windburn.from skiing. Her answer? Blackcurrant oil. This is her favorite reparative treatment because it is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties, and it works even for eczema.

  • Botanical Beauty Blackcurrant Seed Oil, $ 18, Amazon

It is rich in fatty acids that help heal itchy and irritated skin.

5. The best face oil for sensitive skin: chamomile oil.

Just like chamomile tea for relaxation, you can use chamomile oil to soothe the skin. Relieves redness and irritation in seconds. “It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for rosacea patients,” says Baumann.

Just dab a little on your wrist and wear throughout the day to make sure you’re not allergic, she says, and be extra careful with the organic versions.Because organic ingredients are processed with fewer chemicals, they often grow with weeds and other allergens, which means organic essential oils are more likely to have traces of these allergens than conventionally grown varieties. Result? They are more likely to cause allergic skin reactions.

  • Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care, $ 75, Nordstrom

This oil is composed of pure chamomile, sandalwood, sage and lavender oils.Applying five drops every night is suggested to reduce redness, irritation, and mottling.

6. Best Facial Oil for Discoloration: Rosehip Seed Oil

Malli Steves Chacola, founder of M. Steves Skincare, first realized the healing power of rosehip seed oil after applying it to an 18-year-old scar for two. weeks – significantly faded. She recommends using it as an enhancing moisturizer – just mix a few drops before applying.This is a great option, especially if you are skeptical about applying the oil directly to your face.

  • 1. Pura D’Or Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, US $ 13, Amazon

Rosehip seed oil is known for its protective effects as well as protecting your skin and increasing cellular metabolism. You can also use it on your hair to treat dry scalp problems.

  • 2. Kate Blanc Rosehip Seed Oil, $ 13, Amazon

With over 2600 Amazon reviews and 4.6 stars, this organic formula can help reduce acne scars, according to the product description.

7. Best Facial Oil for Dry Skin: Olive Oil

We’ve all heard stories of women in Italy bathing in this oil, and I’m sure they have beautiful skin, but using olive oil as a facial oil is the best way is the worst. I may have become an oil enthusiast, but I have never been able to use this oil for anything other than cooking and salad dressing.

However, Baumann loves extra virgin olive oil for patients with very dry skin.(Note the word “very.”) She says you can buy it at the grocery store – just be sure to look on the bottle for “first cold push.” (These formulas contain more antioxidants than other varieties.)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $ 15, Amazon

Not only is olive oil very moisturizing, it is also rich in compounds such as polyphenols, squalene and fatty acids, all of which are designed to help nourish and fight aging.

This article was originally published in July 2012.


The best essential oils for healthier skin

Skin rashes and irritations are never pleasant. When they happen, we look for a quick solution. Essential oils can help. With anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, these oils can help restore skin to its natural splendor when applied topically, and when inhaled, essential oil blends such as Zen can help reduce stress and even lower hormone levels.

Essential oils are a great way to improve the vitality and appearance of the skin. Many essential oils have natural properties that are beneficial to skin health, provide hydration and help reduce bumps and pimples. Some essential oils even help with more serious skin problems like aging, eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

As essential oils become more popular, it seems that the selection of essential oils is almost overwhelming. To make it easier to find essential oils to improve skin health, below are 15 essential essential oils for healthier skin.

Essential oils can help you achieve and maintain healthy, vibrant skin. While most are used topically to improve the appearance of the skin, essential oil blends such as Zen MONQ can help calm the mind, leading to a healthy body.

Lavender essential oil in Sleepy MONQ is a natural flower oil with an amazing aroma. It is known for its soothing properties and relieves inflammation.

Dry skin often causes flaky, itchy and even rough skin.The moisturizing properties of myrrh essential oil heal dry and chapped skin. For additional benefits, try using a personal aromatherapy diffuser such as Cheer.

Peppermint essential oil cools and refreshes, stimulates and warms. It helps tone, soften and soothe the skin, and has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Try peppermint oil while breathing in Mountain.

Anti-Aging Essential Oils and Carrier Oils