If you’ve been following beauty trends, you may have noticed that more and more beauty brands are adding facial oils to their skincare lines.
So, what do these products do and why is everyone all of a sudden using them?
Though not all facial oils are made equal, an oil is going to give your skin more hydration than any water-based moisturizer could. Even if your skin type is oily, you can still have dehydrated skin. Sometimes when our skin is dehydrated, it tries to overcompensate moisture loss by producing more oil. Yikes!
That being said, hydrated skin is the foundation for youthful, glowing skin. Facial oils are a great way to help restore moisture – for all skin types. How, you ask?
Oils are able to penetrate deeper into the skin because of their molecular makeup. Moisturizers may contain some great stuff, including oils, but also include ingredients that dilute the deep-diving lipids that hydrate and restore our moisture barrier.
You might be wondering how to choose the right oil for you. Depending on your skin type, some oils will work better than others. Here are a few facial oils that I’ve personally tested and what skin types they’re best suited for:
If you’re looking for serious moisture and have dry skin, this is a great place to start. If you are prone to break outs, read on. Oils with base ingredients like coconut oil, Shea butter, and avocado oil are deeply hydrating and great for dry, sensitive skin.
I use this Intense Moisture oil by Farfalla before bed when I feel especially dehydrated (after traveling, late nights out, etc.) and wake up feeling refreshed. I find the scent a bit too overwhelming for daily use (for me, at least), but also therapeutic when I’m winding down after stressful day.
Pihlaja, Finnish for Rowan, gives this oil a high concentration of Vitamin A and E that helps protect our skin from free radicals that speed up aging.
Combined with other star ingredient GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) this oil visibly brightens dull and dry skin. Read a longer review of this product here.
Without being heavy, this facial oil contains coconut oil and other great ingredients like Vitamin E and Co-enzyme Q10 that help with anti-aging.
This is a nice basic oil that would be suitable for most skin types, although it does contain a fragrance which may or may not irritate sensitive skin depending on what it is.
This one is great for acne prone skin. It contains Blue Tansy, which helps clear skin and even out complexion without clogging pores.
If your skin is feeling out of balance, this oil is for you. Use after an enzyme peel mask to enhance clarifying effects and hydrate at the same time.
Pai’s BioRegenrate Oil contains Rosehip oil, Vitamin E and Rosemary extract. Rosehip oil is suitable for all skin types and is easily absorbed into the skin, making it a great starter oil for anyone new to facial oils. It’s also great on scars and stretchmarks.
This oil is a personal favorite of mine. It does everything Pai’s BioRegenerate Oil does and more. Being a more complex oil, it may not be right for everyone, but might still be worth trying for all of its benefits.
If you’re looking for something that not only hydrates but also has anti-aging properties and helps clarify the skin, this oil ticks all the boxes. It can be used for just about every skin “imperfection” in the book.
The right oil can truly transform your skin, and can be used on its own or in tandem with a moisturizer. Just make sure not to mix it with sunscreen as the oil may compromise its efficacy.
What facial oils are you loving right now?