Which Facial Oil is Right for My Skin Type?
As the standard skincare regimen has evolved from a splash of water in the A.M. to multi-step rituals (for better or worse), most prefer to keep their routines minimal in an effort to save both time and money. And while you may see facial oil as another excessive step, it’s (not so) arguably one of the most powerful products on the market when it comes to delivering results for a plush, hydrated, and healthy complexion. Like any product, not all oils are created equal—thus, below, find the optimal facial oils for every type of skin.
FOR OILY/COMBINATION SKIN:
Using pure plant-based squalane oil, which gives this product its weightless feel, Indie Lee’s oil smoothes and softens your skin while working to diminish dark spots and signs of aging. This pure formula also regenerates the skin cells and boosts elasticity for a fresh-faced finish without any residue left behind.
Though billed as a serum, this miracle product is, in fact, oil-based, using the power of botanicals and antioxidants to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. It’s lightweight enough for those on the oily side of the spectrum, leaving a natural glow upon application. You’ll also love the deliciously soothing chocolate-citrus scent.
FOR DRY SKIN:
Striking the perfect balance as both deeply hydrating yet lightweight, this fast-absorbing chia oil soothes the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The perfect pick-me-up for a tired complexion, the oil both firms and boosts elasticity without leaving a greasy finish behind.
Best known for healing scarring from acne and sun damage, thanks to naturally occuring Vitamin E, La Bella Figura’s fig seed oil is a jack of all trades as it hydrates and nourishes the skin while fighting free radicals and stimulating the growth of new cells. This product also works to balance oil production helping prevent breakouts while smoothing out the overall complexion.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN:
KAHINA ARGAN OIL, $36
The natural powers of argan oil work their magic as this product enhances the complexion by improving skin tone and boosting elasticity while minimizing fine lines and reducing irritation. All of this is accomplished with the help of natural antioxidants and Vitamin E., which enhance the skin without the use of harsh chemicals.
True to its name, this potent formula leaves visible results as the oil restores optimal moisture balance while shrinking pores and evening the skin tone. This natural potion also hydrates and softens the skin as it renews cells. The result? Radiant skin.
If anti-aging is the game, Osmia’s hydrating and smoothing elixir is the name. Made with ingredients like rosehip seed oil, which helps repair sun damage and reduce inflammation, this facial oil returns the supple, silky texture to your skin. It’s also a natural healer using natural organic oils to calm the skin. Bonus: This works in tandem with your favorite serums and creams by enhancing the penetration of the skin.
If you’re looking to make a clean swap from your conventional retinoid oil, Tata Harper’s nutrient oil delivers serious results without the use of toxic chemicals. As the last step to your skincare routine, this lightweight yet hydrating oil—chock full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants—restores and balances chapped, dry, and dull skin while reducing breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles. And to finish things off, the naturally occuring Vitamin A— derived from the retinoic acid—amino acids, and minerals leave behind an instant glow.
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Meghan Rooney | Photo by Andrew Parsons | Styling by Rachel Pappas | July 11, 2018