The 5 Best Clean Face Oils
But will it make me break out? And: But do I really need another product! These are the face oil questions. The truth in all but the most extreme cases is, not only will face oil not make you break out, it will change your life, not to mention your skin. Your skin will look and feel better. You will probably need less makeup. And you will probably need fewer skincare items altogether.
Perhaps the ultimate skin secret, face oil has been used by people all over the world in various forms for millennia; nothing lasts that long unless it works. Makeup artists, who love only what makes their clients look (quickly) fantastic, have been slathering it on clients for years; slowly, word spread. Here, why we love them—and our five most-loved face oils right now:
Top Face Oils for Fall
goop by Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oilgoop, $110
This is the same bestselling, ultra-nourishing, potent miracle oil as always, now in a beautiful, easy-to-use new package. Made with a pure blend of organic oils, it sinks instantly into skin and starts to work, leaving skin remarkably supple, soft, and glowing. It turbo-charges any moisturizer, but also hydrates beautifully on its own. It can even be patted on over makeup for a midday pick-me-up. The Enriching Face Oil is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 99% total organic content.
de Mamiel Autumn Oilgoop, $114
Made by hand to work specifically with the changing temperatures to nourish skin as the seasons transition, this miracle worker hydrates, brightens, smooths, and rejuvenates skin. Combining herbs and practices from Chinese medicine, essential oils from aromatherapeutic traditions, deep experience as an aesthetician, along with meditation and prayer, Anne DeMamiel’s oils are utterly unique in feel and results—and this face oil is especially incredible. Press a few drops between your palms to warm the oil, breathe it in deeply, then enjoy a profoundly relaxing, uplifting exhale—you’ll feel better already. Then, work it gently into your skin in small circular motions—repeat as often as you like for a supremely healthy glow.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serumgoop, $185
It’s not surprising that this oil has a cult following: It’s an infusion of 22 active organic botanicals mixed with powerful essential oils. Phytonutrients and minerals help balance skin; phytoceramides, nourishing fatty acids, and antioxidants stimulate and brighten dull complexions. The revolutionary formula beautifully sinks in, leaving skin smooth and glowy.
Rodin Luxury Face Oilgoop, $170
Rich and just deluxe, deluxe, deluxe, this is the face oil that put face oils on the map. It leaves skin completely luminous. It also smells amazing—it’s made with 11 flower and plant oils, from neroli (a source of vitamin C for glow), arnica montana (especially amazing under the eyes), evening primrose, rosehip, argan, calendula . . . Former model/stylist Linda Rodin created it; one look at her skin, and you’ll want to have what she’s having. It’s a favorite among other models as well.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oilgoop, $72
Without a doubt the most gorgeous, luxurious troubled- or combination-skin treatment ever: This ultra-soothing skin solution gets its name from the Egyptian gemstone lapis lazuli, and its color from precious blue tansy oil made with azulene, a powerful compound that helps clarify skin. Combination, oily, and blemish-prone complexions need this drop-dead-beautiful bottle in the medicine chest.
WHY WE LOVE OILS
1. You See Instant Results
No matter your skin type, try face oil for the first time and you’re likely to see benefits right away. Conventional moisturizers, which combine waxes with water and oils, seal moisture in the skin with the wax. But they can also seal out some of the oil and water, not to mention treatment benefits included in the formula. With oil, it all sinks right in, often with ingredients like antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids along with it.
2. They’re Beyond Multipurpose
You can use face oil for basic (and really effective) moisturizing, but it’s also amazing for makeup touchups—instead of adding more makeup, pat some oil on to revive the makeup you’ve already got on. (Avoid the T-zone unless you’re the driest person on earth.) In a pinch, it’s also a makeup remover, frizz fighter, cuticle and under-eye cream, lip balm…
You really need an oil if you use drying anti-aging or anti-breakout treatments. Face oils help return moisture to your skin, soothing and smoothing in the process.
On the flip side, even skin that’s decidedly un-dry can also benefit from oils. While synthetic and mineral oils could potentially clog pores, many natural plant oils may not. Believe it or not, the right face oil can help clear pores.
For ultra-dry skin, massage in some face oil, then layer over it with rich moisturizer. Another layering trick: Pat on face oil, then smooth all-natural mineral SPF over it. The sunblock seals in the oil a bit, but it also slightly mattifies your skin, so it’s less shiny. You can also use oil just the way you would serum or moisturizer when thinning out foundation or bronzer formulas. And to treat a potential scar, massage oil in as often as possible.
3. Oils Feel Amazing
Moisturizer formulators spend an enormous amount of time, money, and unnecessary (sometimes toxic) ingredients on texture—how it feels when you actually put the moisturizer on your skin. Texture is important: If you don’t love using a product…you tend not to use it. And definitely tend not to buy it again. Oils have a naturally gorgeous, instantly skin-comforting texture—they need no extra ingredients to make them sink in.
4. Clean Face Oils Are Actually Better
While conventional beauty companies have (finally) gotten into the face-oil business, the clean options are often superior, not just from a non-toxic perspective, but because A) there’s no improving on perfection—adding in extra ingredients often just dilutes the benefits of the base oils; and B) most clean face-oil makers have been making it much longer than the conventional newbies, and they’ve learned what really works on skin.