Arguably one of the most effective and versatile products in your complexion toolkit, face oils are the overachievers of the skincare world—you can rub a few sumptuous drops onto your face pre-flight to keep skin supple, tap some on over makeup to look instantly glowier, and even use it to treat oily skin and breakouts. From makeup removal to scar treatments to complexion-boosters, this ancient skin secret is our modern day must-have.
But that’s not to say all oils are equal. To make the most of them, you need to find the right one tailored to your specific skin type and concern. We’ve taken the guesswork out of gorgeousness with this handy face oils cheat sheet. Read on to find out your skin-hydrating soulmate.
If your skin is dry…
The indisputable superstar of all thing hydrating, oils were tailor made for those suffering from skin dehydration. Look for products with a cocktail of high-performance, essential fatty acid-rich oils like avocado, coconut, and argan to banish dry patches and repair barrier function in a snap.
An oil sheet mask? You better believe it. This first-of-its-kind mask is a marvel of modernity—chock full of a mind-boggling 10 natural plant- and nut-based oils, including argan, grape seed, olive, and evening primrose, just to name a few. But the real innovation is that it delivers all of that hydrating goodness in a watery essence texture that absorbs immediately. Ain’t technology grand?
Hydrate and minimize fine lines with this luxe cream. Infused with truffle oil, which is naturally rich in a cell-protecting enzyme called superoxide dismutase, it’s also packed with a whopping 60 percent black diamond truffle extract to plump, fight premature aging, and eradicate wrinkles in one fell swoop. Talk about a multitasker.
If you have combination skin…
The catch-22 of combination skin is that it needs both intense hydration and oil-controlling powers. Sounds like an impossible feat, but turns out oils, specifically grape seed, hazelnut, and camellia, are up to the challenge. The trick is finding products that offer customization and the perfect mix of ingredients to help balance you out.
This two-step mask brilliantly combines the soothing and hydrating benefits of 100 percent pure camellia oil from Jeju Island with a silky-smooth, essence-infused sheet mask for a customized treatment that lets you choose just how much hydration you need. Feeling parched? Apply every last drop of camellia oil. More on the oily side? Use just a bit. Then throw on the sheet mask infused with hyaluronic acid, rosemary, and sweet pea extract to boost the skin-plumping benefits.
This goes on like a serum, but transforms into an oil to give you a hint of dewiness as it absorbs. Healing centella asiatica calms inflammation, then so-light-they-vanish olive and macadamia oils lock in moisture. Skin is glowing and nourished, with rich hydration exactly where you need it and just a touch in oil-slick regions where you don’t.
If your skin is oily or prone to breakouts…
No need to be scared: Oils are a very good thing when it comes to dealing with oily skin and acne. In fact, certain plant-based ones like jojoba, sunflower, and tea tree can actually help normalize and dial down the production of sebum, so your skin looks less shiny overall. Also, the natural oil your skin secretes might keep it lubricated, but it doesn’t add any extra nourishment or protection—and that’s where a lightweight, fast-absorbing oil-based formula that won’t overload your already compromised complexion can help.
What’s a pressed serum? Glad you asked: It’s a unique serum-moisturizer hybrid that hydrates like a boss. Fermented olive oil pulls double duty by protecting against pollution and environmental stressors, while lemon peel and lime oil have astringent properties to help purify without over drying. It also features the rare ice plant, a botanical renowned for its ability to store nutrients and water. Swipe some on to calm redness and give your skin a shot of cool, light-as-air hydration.
If adding an oil moisturizer seems like too much for you, try a balancing cleansing oil. This conditioning skin purifier pulls out pore-blocking gunk and melts away the dirt, makeup, and dead skin cells that cause pimples with a base of jojoba and macadamia oils. It’s also infused with green tea extract to calm and prevent irritation.
If your skin is red, itchy, or hypersensitive…
When your skin needs extra TLC, there’s no beating a nourishing oil, especially the anti-inflammatory varieties like sandalwood, meadowfoam seed, and jasmine. Dry, irritated, peeling complexions will transform into velvety smooth, healthy visages after just a few applications. Let’s see your moisturizer do that.
You’ve never seen a face mist quite like this before. Featuring dual layers of oil and essence, shake up the bi-phase formula and mist on compromised skin to calm and repair. Jojoba and bergamot oils lock in moisture while ultra-soothing aloe and licorice calm irritation for a complexion so velvety, you’ll have a hard time not brushing your fingertips over it.
Give your skin a nourishing boost with a lightweight cocktail of botanical oils that helps eliminate redness and protect skin from environmental aggressors. Free radical-fighting antioxidants astaxanthin and quercetin diminish and prevent signs of aging, while a soothing blend of camellia, olive, and jasmine oils soften scaly patches. Skin is left soft as silk without any stickiness.
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