why facial oils are a must-have in your skincare regimen and the best for each skin type

Best facial oils for all skin types

Face oils are everywhere and they seem to be the latest trend in the beauty industry. Although our bodies produce oil naturally, production decreases significantly with age and the skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance. Without adequate oils, facial skin dries out leading to breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles.  So using a facial oil is important in  maintaining  moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage

Hydration is key to a youthful complexion, and a good facial oil not only replenishes your skin’s moisture levels but help protect from moisture loss. The secret is in choosing the right oil to use and including it into your regime.

Not all oils are created equal. While the right oils can balance out oil production, nourish skin and transform blemish-prone complexions some may cause irritation.

Although it seems counter-intuitive especially if you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin this post will explain why a face oil is an essential part of your regimen.

Why face oils work

Face oils have a small molecular structure which allows it to penetrate the skin easily. Unlike most oils, facial oils penetrate the skin hydrating at a deeper level maintaining the health of your skin and sealing in moisture.

Benefits of face oils

1. Reduce your wrinkles and are antioxidant

Exposure to UV rays damages your skin leading to wrinkles and pigmentation because facial oils are packed with antioxidants, they help prevent additional ageing.

Face oils and are packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids, and antioxidants which soften and smoothen skin and.  The antioxidants in the oils forms a complex with free radicals preventing damage to the collagen and elastic tissues in your skin making your skin appear more youthful and radiant. Consistent use of anti-oxidant rich oils evens out skin tone, controls hormonal acne and reduce the appearance of fine lines,

2. Seal in moisture and provide extra nourishment

Facial oils are beneficial for all skin types but are especially nourishing to dry skin which helps seal in hydration.  Skin produces less natural oils with age leading to dryness and dullness, no matter the cause of dryness facial oil can help restore moisture.

3. Protects your skin

Because oils are lipophilic (dissolve in fats) they penetrate deeply into the skin, keeping moisture in and keeping toxins out. Some oils are able to strengthen your skin’s natural skin barriers and facilitate your skins absorption of products.

For city dwellers in highly polluted environments when used as the last step of your skincare routine in the morning face oils act as a barrier on the outer layer of the skin.

4. Primer for makeup

For people with flaky or blemished skin use of facial oils facilitate a smooth application of makeup making it less likely to clump or streak.  They do this by settling in areas which need hydration creating a plumping effect to create a perfect canvas for your makeup.

5. Reduce inflammation

Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties which help control irritated skin following the use of popular antiaging treatments like retinol or AHAs. Oils like Argan and tea tree oils actually treat acne because they have antibacterial properties which help treat inflammatory acne. Using Jojoba oil which is almost identical to sebum reduces oil production and a great addition if you are using a topical acne regimen.

How to choose a facial oil

Choosing a facial oil should be based on two things, the molecular size and your skin type.

Molecular size because it allows it to penetrate more deeply through the top layer of skin and the best oils in these categories are argan, squalane and jojoba oils. The other is skin type since some oils are more suited to different skin types based on their ability to hydrate and moisturize.

How to use Facial Oil?

Skincare products have different molecular sizes and the order of application should follow their thickness going from thinnest to thickest. This means that facial oils should be the last step of your skincare routine to seal in moisture and hydration.

Skin produces sebum at different rates during the day and it can affect the absorption of the facial oil used. This is especially true if you have oily or combination skin, which produces more sebum throughout the day, so facial oils should be used at night when they are more easily absorbed. Dry skin, on the other hand, does not make enough sebum, so your skin can benefit from a few drops of facial oil to your morning skincare routine.

You can use facial oils directly on your skin or mixed with your regular moisturizer. But for the best benefits, facial oils should be incorporated into your routine after you’ve cleansed.

Best oils for different skin types

Here is a guide to help you pick the best facial oil, according to your skin type:

For Normal Skin:

Products with lightweight oils like Squalane, jojoba and marula oils work best.

Dry skin

Protecting the skin’s barrier is extremely important since a healthy barrier minimizes irritation and inflammation. Oils with a moisturizing base like Shea or cocoa butter and high in essential fatty acids are nourishing & hydrating and will help seal in moisture.

Natural oils for dry skin: 

Rosehip oil, Marula oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Neroli oil, Argan Oil, Flaxseed Oil.

Recommendations

Clinique Smart Treatment OilOlay Regenerist Luminous Facial OilSkin Balancing Face Oil

Combination Skin

This is prone to shine on the T-zone with dry patches usually around the cheeks and chin. Which means that your skin needs to be well hydrated with a balanced oil-production. Combination skin does best with light oils with anti-bacterial properties that combat the oily T zone with minimal irritation to the skin.

Natural oils for combination skin: 

Carrot seed oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Marula Oil, Jojoba oil, Raspberry seed oil.

Recommendations  

Beautifying Face Oil
Beautifying Face Oil
£68
Youth-renewing Face Oil
Youth-renewing Face Oil
$55
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
$72
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
$95
Beautifying Face Oil
Beautifying Face Oil
£68
Youth-renewing Face Oil
Youth-renewing Face Oil
$55
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
$72
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
$95
Beautifying Face Oil
Beautifying Face Oil
£68
Youth-renewing Face Oil
Youth-renewing Face Oil
$55
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
$72
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
$95

Oily Skin

Although it seems intuitive oily skin sometimes lacks hydration, and facial oils are the most efficient way to provide moisture. Oils like Jojoba have properties which regulate oil production by tricking your oil glands into believing they have produced enough oil.

Oils rich in linoleic acid or low-comedogenic oils like Argan, Buckthorn, Kukui and rosehip are good options since they are quickly absorbed.

Natural oils for oily skin:

Geranium Essential oil (balancing and reduces excess oil), Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil.

Recommendations

Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
$72
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
$67
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
$23.36
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
$23.2
Clarins Lotus Face oil
Clarins Lotus Face oil
$58
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
$72
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
$67
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
$23.36
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
$23.2
Clarins Lotus Face oil
Clarins Lotus Face oil
$58
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
$72
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
$67
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil
$23.36
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
$23.2
Clarins Lotus Face oil
Clarins Lotus Face oil
$58

Acne-Prone Skin:

For acne prone skin, breakouts happen due to overactive oil glands, so the adding healthy oils like squalane to your regimes helps reduce and control your skins oil production.  Acne is a reflection of an imbalance of your skin’s oil to water ratio, this is then compounded by the use of acne treatments which dry out your skin even more. Consistent use of facial oils helps regulate this imbalance as well as regulate sebum production by targeting acne at its root.

Natural oils for acne-prone skin: 

Rosehip Seed oil, Tamanu oil, Jojoba oil, Maracuja oil, Grapeseed oil.

Recommendations 

U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
$80
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
$72
BIOSSANCE  Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
$72
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
$52
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
$13
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
$80
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
$72
BIOSSANCE  Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
$72
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
$52
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
$13
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
$80
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
HERBIVORE Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
$72
BIOSSANCE  Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
$72
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
$52
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
$13

Ageing /Mature Skin 

Mature skin needs oils rich in antioxidants which protect them from free radicals responsible for premature ageing. Face oils are especially useful when you are using anti-ageing ingredients like retinol, which are drying to the skin thus improving its hydration levels. In addition, they allow active ingredients like retinol to penetrate deeper into the skin dermis, so can be applied before your anti-ageing cream for the best results.

Natural oils for ageing/mature  skin: 

Camellia oil, Rosehip Seed oil, Argan oil, Apricot oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry oil.

Recommendations 

Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
$87
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
$47
Active Botanical Serum
Active Botanical Serum
£175
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
$50
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
$87
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
$47
Active Botanical Serum
Active Botanical Serum
£175
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
$50
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Fine Line Face Oil
$87
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
$47
Active Botanical Serum
Active Botanical Serum
£175
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil
$50

Although facial oils are not the only solution for your skin conditions its inclusion to your skincare regime has additional benefits if you use a high-quality cold-pressed oil. What are your thoughts? yay or nay to including a facial oil as part of your regimen?

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  1. December 2, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I love trying new facial oils, and would love to try some new ones! This is really great for seeing which ones I should try for my skin and skin type.

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:03 am

      i love trying new face oils as well and it was fun identify new additions for my collection

  2. Alexandra
    December 3, 2018 / 6:34 am

    What a comprehensive list! I really appreciate this post, as I have been hearing about the benefits of oils for so long – this will be helpful in the selection of a product that is right for my skin type.

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Fantastic, i am happy this was useful

  3. December 3, 2018 / 7:07 am

    I did not know there were oil options for facial cleansers. I have to be sure that that is n I begin a skin regimen I continue it for at least 4 weeks because I need to ensure it works.

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:43 pm

      There are a whole range of options , start slow and see how it goes

  4. December 3, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    What a great article! I went about 30 years with never caring about my skin.. but for the last decade I have been trying new things. You have so many great suggestions!

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much, i appreciate that you enjoyed the article and my borderline obsession with skincare is useful

  5. December 3, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I’ve loved this post so much, thanks for taking the time to create it. So informative. I need to understand more about which oils are right for my skin and this has been really helpful

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you found this useful and that it was informative. Feel feel to check back for new articles

  6. Anna Nwa
    December 3, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I have super sensitive skin, so I’m looking forward to giving this a try. I’ve never tried this before, but I think that with the tea tree oil in it, that it could actually help my skin!

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      yes , tea tree is great for combination skin but make sure it is diluted or you use it every other day to see how your skin takes to it

  7. December 3, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I love using oil right before bed. I find that most oils take a long time to absorb and look oily on me.

    • December 3, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      That is what i like to do as well, before bed i slather my face with oil .it feels great and my skin loves it

  8. December 3, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    You’ve really reminded me to stock up on my facial oil after reading this! I love your suggestions, and need to research which ones I’ll be getting next!

    • December 3, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      I am planning to stock up as well over the holiday

  9. December 3, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I’ve never tried facial oils before. I need to! My skin could use help. I might have to pick up a bottle.

  10. December 3, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I’ve heard many times that an oily complexion needs just as much moisture as a dry one. But it feels so wrong to put oil on my super oily face! I guess I’ll have to give it a try.

    • December 3, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      it works! my face is usually like an oil slick but when i use the Clarins lotus oil everything is in balance

  11. December 3, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I have never used facial oil but i’d love to try! I am sure it would do so much good to my skin!

  12. Becca Wilson
    December 3, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    I typically use a coconut oil on my face. It’s also a dry oil so it doesn’t feel icky.

  13. December 4, 2018 / 4:01 am

    Facial oils are amazing, specially for dry skin. I would definitely recommend it for cold weather. The skin tends to become more and more dry during fall and then during winter. I also like to apply oil on my lips and it does the trick on really cold weather.

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybau.com

  14. Elicit Folio
    December 4, 2018 / 4:59 am

    This is such an educational post! Since I have oily skin, I never thought to add oil to help it! Thanks for sharing!

  15. December 4, 2018 / 7:05 am

    I have to admit that aging is i evitable, qnd for me o my late 20’s, I could definitely use some facial oil for my face! I have normal skin type so I guess I have to use something you have advised, jojoba or marula it is!

  16. December 4, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I don’t think I ever realised that facial oils were a thing. There are so many options with so many to choose from. My only concern is that I already use coconut oil in my hair which sometimes gets onto my face.

    • December 5, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      coconut oil is good,but tend to sit on the skin. These actually penetrate the skin

  17. December 4, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I love oils! They are so good for my skin.

  18. December 4, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I need to use more oils for my face as it needs a lot of moisturizing during the winter months!

  19. December 4, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I love love love this post! This is so important to know, very informative!

    • December 5, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Fantastic I am so pleased i could help

  20. December 4, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I use facial oil, my skin is so dry so it helps me out.

  21. December 4, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    This is a great article. I’m a fan of tea tree oil everywhere on everything. You’ve given me some ideas for some other oils.

    • December 5, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      i love tea tree especially for active acne, i usually have at least 2 in my rotation

  22. December 5, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Honestly, I never thought much of the oil craze until recently and one of my friends tried it out on me. I had some skin damage and it seemed to take care of it right away. I was shocked. I will have to show this to her as well as to my daughter. They would both be interested.

    • December 5, 2018 / 12:54 pm

      Please do , oils have been wonderful for my skin and really helped my sensitivity

  23. Thatiana
    December 5, 2018 / 2:30 am

    Great list of oils! I am huge on skincare and some of these products I do have.

  24. December 5, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Looking for that one product to suit your skin especially for the face is hard. There are thousands of products out there. I appreciate that you listed the products for each type of skin. It makes it easy for us.

  25. December 5, 2018 / 11:21 am

    You provide a good information on facial oils. I always prefer to use oil on my face…

  26. December 5, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I love facial oils! I actually mix a couple of drops in with my foundation and it takes it to a whole new level x

    • December 7, 2018 / 5:45 pm

      That is a great way to use them, especially if you have dry skin

  27. December 5, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Facial oils are just a must have! I’ll agree that they are great for sealing in moisture into the skin; for me, a great moisturizer is great! I love coconut oil for this.

  28. December 5, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Very detail. Especially for the person has sensitive skin type like me.

    • December 9, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Fantastic ,i am happy that it helps

  29. December 7, 2018 / 5:46 am

    I have never heard of face oils. I thought moisturisers already had some oils with them. Will definitely have to try it out and see if it helps my skin. Thanks for sharing.

    • December 7, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Your skin will thank you if you give face oils a shot

    • December 9, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Let me know how it goes, I find that moisturizers are not enough for my skin and I have oily skin! so i use oils to seal it all in

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