If the thought of rubbing oil on your skin makes you cringe, keep reading. After interviewing dozens of dermatologists on the face oil frenzy happening in the beauty industry, we're happy to report that oils can benefit a range of skin types, not just those with dehydrated complexions. One reason: Oils penetrate the skin deeper than most creams. And yes, they cost a little more, but you’re getting more potent ingredients. Plus, a little goes a long way (two or three drops will do). Here, six standouts based on a variety of skin concerns. Pick your match, press (don’t just rub) it into your skin, then smooth whatever’s leftover on your cuticles or split ends. Here's to multitasking.
L’OrÃ©al Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
Rough, parched skin doesn’t stand a chance with this blend of eight essential oils, including lavender, rosemary leaf, geranium, orange peel, and rose (to name a few). Layer it under your moisturizer to double up on hydration or mix a few drops of it into your foundation to give your skin a dewy (not shiny) sheen.
To buy: $25, drugstore.com.
Jose Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil
This multitasker has cold pressed Argan oil purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their economic welfare (this makes the relaxing experience of applying it feel even better). Along with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it delivers hydration (in fact, clinical tests showed 83% of women experienced significantly improved hydration). Its healing benefits can be used on other areas besides the face, like on dry hair (focus on your ends) and ragged cuticles, too.
To buy: $48, sephora.com
Jouer Daily Clarifying Treatment Oil
Formulated for the face oil skeptics who have oily, problematic skin, this lightweight treatment has neem oil to tone and jojoba oil to balance the skin’s production of sebum. The result: Skin is hydrated and therefore doesn’t need to overproduce oil, so you’re less shiny and even clearer (trust). Use it in place of your moisturizer.
To buy: $48, birchbox.com.
One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil
Even those with the most finicky skin can breathe easy knowing this product is free of GMOs, parabens, silicon, and synthetic perfumes and dyes. Instead, this calming oil contains chia, shea, aloe, and lavender, plus a plant-based probiotic complex to give irritable skin some serious TLC.
To buy: $49, dermastore.com.
Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil
This fast-absorbing formula is packed with brown algae extract to brighten drab, dark spotted complexions. The camellia flower oil in it hydrates with essential fatty acids so skin feels supple and smooth. Swap it in as your primer and your makeup will glide on easily and melt into skin.
To buy: $45, neimanmarcus.com.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
The hero ingredient in this oil—seaberry, also known as seabuckthorn—comes from Siberia and is known for its restorative properties. Also in the formula, cranberry, camellia, and grapeseed oil that contain omegas, which smooth, calm, and speed up the skin’s healing process. Use it alone or add a drop of it to your night cream for a skin-smoothing, super moisturizing boost.
To buy: $50, sephora.com