There's a perfect face oil for every skin type (yes, really)
As a rule, the best face oils are your one-way ticket to a glowing, healthy complexion – whatever your skin type.
Although it seems counter-intuitive to apply oil to a complexion that is already naturally shiny, the right one can and will in fact regulate your skin’s oil production. It’s just a case of knowing your onions.
Oily skins don’t need to avoid all oil completely; you need oils that have low comedogenic ratings of 0, 1 or 2 at a push, as they won’t clog pores. Oils like Argan, Kukui, Camellia, rosehip, Calendula and almond are your friends here.
So whether your skin is wind-whipped because you’re the outdoorsy type, blemish-prone or goes through stages of being duller than dishwater, one of the best face oils can – and will – remedy your biggest skin concerns. Find the right one for you in our guide below.
Best face oils for dry skin
While those with oily skin may want to avoid applying oils in the morning – they’ll take longer to absorb as your skin isn’t crying out for moisturse – dry complexions will soak an indulgent oil up in no time. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is an everyday oil that repairs and keeps the skin soft.
The key ingredients are sunflower botanical oil, which strengthens the skin’s barrier, and Tamanu to soothe the skin. An effective daytime treatment, it really isn’t a surprise that both the Day and Night versions are bestsellers for the brand.
Best face oils for glowing skin
Your parents always nagged you to eat your greens, but we bet you’d not considered slathering them all over your face as part of your skincare routine. ELEMIS has a few face oil offerings in its stocks, but the Superfood oil is a firm favourite at MC. It’s packed with the goodness of broccoli, radish and Flax seeds and is a good all-rounder treatment oil for all skin types. Put on before bed and expect to wake with a healthy glow.
Best face oil for oily skin
All of Sunday Riley’s oils are excellent and although you’ve probably heard all about LUNA, those with oily skin should make U.F.O. their first port of call. As oils go, this one is very lightweight – aside from the greasy finish (for want of a better word) that characterises an oil, when you squeeze it out of the pipette it’s incredibly fluid. Don’t let the bright green put you off though, as even oily skin will lap it up – with a 1.5% concentration of salicylic acid to help decongest pores.
We love the slightly medicinal scent, which is down to the tea tree and licorice, combined with a comforting smell not dissimilar to baby oil. Pricey, but worth every single penny.
Best face oils for combination skin
Drunk Elephant’s offering is so lightweight that you’ll barely realise it’s an oil. The thin cold-pressed formula is nourishing enough for dry skin but not so heavy that oily skins feel overloaded and greasy. The oil is naturally antimicrobial and soothing for the skin, reducing blotchiness and redness for an all-round smoother complexion, and also softens the appearance of fine lines.
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Darphin's range of Aromatic Care covers all bases when it comes to softening, soothing face oils, from the uplifting scents of Tangerine or Orange Blossom to the calming smell of Chamomile or Jasmine. One of our favourites is the soothing Rose option, as few scents are more calming.
This lightweight oil is fortified with 20 precious oils from around the world. Their youth-renewing blend including Argan, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Rose and Raspberry Oils plus Anogeissus helps repair skin's barrier and mimic the natural lipid oils lost with age.
Lightly scented with the delicious aroma of Rose Otto, this super concentrated oil is surprisingly lightweight, but extremely nourishing. Packed with essential fatty acids that keep the skin soft, supple and plump, it will keep your skin moisturised for up to 12 hours and protect it with free radical-fighting vitamin C.
We're pretty obsessed with Skyn Iceland's entire range (hello, Hyrdo-Cool firming eye gels) and so naturally we love their Arctic face oil. Because of its Omega basis, it's particularly good at giving a glow from the inside out for skin that's prone to dullness and dryness.
Clarins' exclusive blend of its namesake Blue Orchid and Rosewood, Geranium and Lotus extracts purifies, tightens pores and refines the skin texture. Meanwhile hazelnut oil softens, soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines.
Moringa Balm fans, meet your new Emma Hardie obsession, the botanical-based Brilliance face oil. It softens, brightens and replenishes skin's moisture levels with a light-reflecting finish that'll give you that so sought-after youthful glow. If your skin is in need of an extra hit of moisture, mix a little into your day-to-day moisturiser or night cream.
This face oil took two years to create and was an instant success. Pumped full of potent botanicals - 22 to be exact - and it pretty much works on every skin concern you can think of. It helps with elasticity loss, pigmentation, hydration, fine lines, luminosity. You name it, it helps it. Well you'd expect it to for such a steep price.