Face oils are currently rising in fame, and for all the good reasons.
I have dry/combination skin and I’ve tried a bunch of face oils within the past few years. My skin has never looked better ever since I incorporated face oils into my routine.
They have many uses, namely to remove makeup or hydrate any part of the body, including hair! However, this post will only cover a few of my favorites to use in place of or in addition to a face moisturizer for different skin types and issues.
Here are the best face oils IMO!
1. Go-To Skincare Face Hero (US$45)
I highly recommend this oil if you’re looking for something that is just filled with 100% pure essential oils. No chemicals, nothing, just essential oils.
It’s filled with all-natural potent plant and nut oils that are beneficial for the skin. It’s so thin and lightweight yet so moisturizing, leaving no sticky or tacky residue and penetrating deeply and quickly to hydrate, revive, brighten and insure your face against fine lines, dark spots, dryness and ageing inflammation.
This can also be mixed in with your foundation to create a natural, dewy look without all the tackiness.
FYI, here’s a list of the only things that are in this gorgeous orange bottle:
Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Macadamia Oil, Brazil Nut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Buriti Oil, Arnica Oil, Rosehip Oil, Calendula Oil, Kiwi Fruit Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Totarol, Rosemary Seed Extract, Natural Fragrance (orange blossom & rose gardenia.)
THAT’S IT! How pure is THAT?!
Supermodel Josie Maran was probably the person who started this whole face oil movement when she released her first Argan Oil. Ever since then, she has expanded her Argan-based empire to include cosmetics and other skincare products, all containing the ever-so-potent Argan Oil.
Pure argan oil has very potent healing properties and calms all types of inflammation, including skin infections, bug bites, and skin rashes because it contains a very high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, and it’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants, making it perfect to wear anytime during the day.
What I love about this is that it can also be used on the hair and body. I use this to protect the ends of my hair from splitting or drying out, and also apply this on my kneecaps and elbows where I often get a lot of flaking from chronic dryness.
This also comes in a “Light” version for people with oily skin! How thoughtful, right?
This paraben-sulfates-phtalates-free Maracuja Oil is also very effective at targeting skin concerns, but in my experience it mainly focuses on brightening and replenishing the skin.
It’s quite thin in consistency, making it easily absorbed into the skin. Its richness in antioxidants and Vitamin C help recharge and replenish skin, also evening out and brightening the skin. “This powerful elixir supports anti-aging and provides instant hydration— quenching dry skin without leaving it feeling greasy or filmy.”
4. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (US$105)
Described as a “next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin, and help fight wrinkles while moisturizing and calming skin”, this blue-tinted face oil has been causing quite a stir in the beauty community. I was skeptical about this product as it retails for US$105, but more so because of its intimidating blue tint.
However, I’m glad I was able to get a deluxe sample from a recent Sephora order. My skin has been totally transformed. Long story short, this was eventually featured in my “My Skincare Heroes” post alongside the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment.
The bluish tint is looks intimidating, but it’s something you shouldn’t worry about as it disappears the moment you blend it into the skin. It blends into the skin beautifully and softly, and immediately hydrates and calms the skin. The blue tint actually comes from blue tansy oil, which helps calm inflammation.
I find that my skin’s congestion has significantly reduced, therefore resulting in a smoother texture, and my acne scars are fading at a much faster rate. I also find that I’ve been waking up with plumper, fresher skin!
5. Jojoba Oil
Pure jojoba oil is another one that I love. Great for moisturizing, decongesting the skin and fading scars. Jojoba oil is extremely light, so it’s perfect for people of all skin types, even oily skin.
Since its molecular structure is very similar to ours, when we apply it on the skin, it tricks our skin into thinking that the oil is naturally produced by our skin, thus preventing overproduction of its own oils. (Our skin overproduces oil when it thinks that we’re not producing enough oil, thus often causing oily skin).
I love 100% pure jojoba, but I’m currently loving this combination of 100% pure rosehip oil and jojoba oil by The Jojoba Company. I talked about mixing this oil with my foundation in my November Beauty Favorites post! Pure rosehip oil is also amazing, but both jojoba and rosehip combined is just phenomenal.
No coconut oil on this list?!
Now, while coconut oil is definitely amazing, I wouldn’t recommend it to be used as a face moisturizer as they are considered to be comedogenic, i.e. it has a tendency to clog the pores. Clogged pores result in acne, sometimes cystic. So I would only ever recommend to use coconut oil on the face if it is going to be immediately removed after application, e.g. for makeup removal.
What about tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is very famous for treating acne but I don’t recommend using it in place of a moisturizer because it’s too strong. Simply apply this on top of blemishes if you’d like to use this because too much of pure tea tree oil will irritate the skin.
Did you spot any of your favorite face oils here? Let me know what your favorites are! I’m sooo open to trying out new face oils!