Facial Oils Have Totally Changed My Dry Skin—These Are the Ones I Can't Live Without
I thought I'd tried just about everything for my dry, tight, flaky skin—but when I discovered face oils, everything changed and I'm not looking back. (P.S. If you're not sure where to add oils into your skincare routine, ALWAYS pat them on after moisturizer to lock in and boost hydration and glow, never the other way around!) Here's a roundup of some of my personal favorite facial oils.
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Herbivore Botanicals Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil
This oil has "deep moisture" written right into its name, and I'm happy to report that it lives up to its promise. Its quick-absorbing formula contains soothing hemp oil and adaptogens, like shiitake mushroom, for hydration that lasts all day or night, but still wears well under makeup. Plus, its gorgeous minimalist green and white bottle looks great sitting atop my vanity.
To buy: $48; nordstrom.comshop this herbivore oil now
Tarte Maracuja Oil
One of the OGs on the facial oil scene is Tarte's Maracuja Oil, a non-greasy oil that specializes in brightening dull skin, quenching dryness, and tightening mature skin. Its signature ingredient, maracuja oil, is full of vitamin C, the brightening skincare super-ingredient we all know and love. Wear it over your go-to moisturizer to lock in hydration and leave skin extra radiant.
To buy: $48; dermstore.comshop this maracuja oil now
If the Gen Z-approved skincare and makeup brand Glossier is known for one thing, it's definitely its emphasis on clear, glowing, youthful skin (a.k.a. the "Glossier glow"). Enter Futuredew, the combination oil/serum that promises to gift you "Glossier skin in a bottle." I pat on a layer of the thick plant-based product after moisturizer every morning and find that it gives my skin a lit-from-within brightness, whether I top it with makeup or wear it alone.
To buy: $24; glossier.comshop this oil serum now
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
With over 1,000 five-star reviews and over 140,000 loves on Sephora's website, it's clear the Drunk Elephant oil is a popular choice for many skincare junkies. It's packed full of restorative antioxidants, fighting uneven texture, fine lines, and dullness along with dryness. "I love love love this oil!" one reviewer raves. "It absorbs pretty quickly, and doesn't leave a greasy feel. Absolutely recommend!"
To buy: $72; sephora.comshop this drunk elephant oil now
The Ordinary 100% Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil
If you're looking for a more wallet-friendly option, this rosehip oil from The Ordinary is a solid choice no matter your budget. Facial oil fans swear by rosehip oil because of its highly concentrated vitamin A and linoleic acid, and it's made by cold-pressing, which helps preserve its properties during extraction. And since The Ordinary packages its rosehip oil in a dark, UV-protective bottle, it will remain shelf-stable much longer than other rosehips on the market.
To buy: $10; ulta.comshop this rose hip oil now
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil
Part serum, part oil, this is a facial oil with a devoted following. "It does wonders to my skin," one Kiehl's.com customer writes. "Made my skin look smooth and younger—will definitely repurchase." Midnight Recovery Concentrate combines evening primrose oil, lavender essential oil, and squalene to soften the skin and improve elasticity, with a calming scent to get you ready for a good night's sleep.
To buy: $50; kiehls.comshop this kiehl's oil now
Peach & Lily Pure Beam Luxe Oil
If you're new to K-beauty, this is absolutely one of the best products to dip into the trend. Peach & Lily's Pure Beam Luxe Oil is cold-pressed with a blend of squalene, jojoba, and grapeseed oils, and full of antioxidants and fatty acids. It promises to hydrate, brighten, and de-stress every type of skin, even oily complexions, without feeling greasy or clogging pores.
To buy: $39; ulta.comshop this k-beauty oil now
Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
When I first tried this oil, I thought it was a little too hype-y. After all, are gold flecks really necessary in skincare? So while I set myself up to be disappointed, I'm happy to report that this oil is good. It absorbs quickly, making it a great pre-makeup primer, and it gave my skin a glow I honestly didn't expect thanks to rosehip seed oil, vitamins A and C, and linoleic and linolenic acids.
To buy: $54; sephora.comshop this gold oil now
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
If signs of aging are among your top concerns, try an oil that also functions as as a retinol. Sunday Riley's beloved Luna Oil uses blue tansy (hence its gorgeous blue color), advanced retinol ester, and German chamomile for a soothing bedtime experience that also works to immediately calm surface redness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin's smoothness in as little as four weeks.
To buy: From $55; nordstrom.comshop this sunday riley oil now
Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil
Youth to the People is a rising star in the skincare world right now, and this oil proves why it deserves a place among the best brands. It features a blend of fruit-based oils not seen in your average facial oil, like antioxidant-dense maqui, hydrating prickly pear, and rejuvenating acai—plus a yummy fruity scent to match. And since this oil (along with each product in Youth to the People's line) is 100 percent vegan, it's animal-lover friendly.
To buy: $48; amazon.comshop this glow oil now
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