Beauty 101: Face Oils

Yes, you can use an oil.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

If there's ever a time to embrace a little extra hydration, it's now. Fall is slowly transitioning into winter, and that means dry air, harsh wind, and bad weather. The result of this lovely winter mix is often dry, itchy, flaky skin. Enter facial oils to save the day. Facial oils are a wonderful supplement to your moisturizer. Get the scoop on how to use them below.

The scoop: Face oils are just what they sound like. They're lightweight and suitable for your face, meaning they can deliver a dose of nourishment to your skin without added shine or residue. Face oils can also come chock full of beneficial ingredients that fight acne and aging—depending on your pick! Oils are often desirable, as they can supplement moisturizers to keep moisture locked in all day.

Why they're necessary: Although they're ideal for skin that's dry and flaky, face oils are suitable for anyone. Depending on the ingredients in them, oils can help stabilize sebum production and thus help keep acne at bay. But, facial oils really work best as boosters to an already efficacious skincare routine. They don't necessarily contain a large portion of highly active ingredients, so be sure to use them in tandem with your treatments and moisturizers. Some oils even contain glow-enhancing properties that you can use in the morning to get a dewy look. 

How to use them: Using a face oil is pretty simple, but there are a few things to remember when applying one. Unlike with a cleanser or moisturizer, which you can slather on, a face oil is better applied by patting into the skin. Apply a few drops to your hands and pat into your skin for absorption. Now when it comes to which step of your skincare routine to use your face oil, think about the thickness of your product. Start with the lightest and work your way to the thickest. This means apply your serum, then your face oil, followed by your moisturizer.

Shop the trend:

Save: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil ($12.49)

This drugstore buy is ideal for anyone who want a nourishing face oil mixed with a bit of anti-aging fighters. With a subtle rose hip fragrance, brightening vitamin c, and potent retinol, Palmer's is a great option for an every day face oil

Mid-range: Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil ($45)

With vitamin C as the main active skin-boosting ingredient in this 100 percent pure organic rose hips seed oil, Ole Henriksen's lightweight formula is ideal for adding a bit of a glow to your skin both daily and over time.

Splurge: Elemis Superfood Facial Oil ($72)

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil
ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil

Superfoods are the name of the game with Elemis' latest launch. With broccoli, flax seed, and daikon radish, this oil is an antioxidant powerhouse. Plus, you'll get a big ol' dose of omegas to add more of the hydration your skin needs.

Indie: True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil RENEW ($110)

This natural beauty brand's best-selling oil combats several problems of skin: aging, dryness, and pores. Most importantly, it gets to work to improve lipid barrier function a.k.a. allowing skin to properly guard itself against the elements.

Have you tried a face oil? What is your favorite? Let us know!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller