The Face Oil
There once was a time when “oil-free” products dominated the beauty marketplace. Although the designation was meant to steer sensitive skin types away from controversial ingredients like mineral oils, applying any type of oil to the face slowly-but-surely inherited a bad reputation. Now, most skincare addicts and everyday users are in agreement that if you have dry or sensitive skin, an oil is the best choice.
Face oils mimic the body’s natural oils and sebum, often replenishing the necessary lubricant lost after harsh cleansing and acid toning. Adding an oil to the end of your routine can actually regulate and prevent the overproduction of sebaceous activity that skin often works to restore after it’s been stripped away.
Contrary to prior belief, the face oils of today are fast-absorbing, lightweight, and often considered “dry oils”, because of their rapid absorption. Whatever your skin type may be, these five products are the absolute best.
Khalm Skincare Overnight Oil Elixir
Infused with oud oil, a scented resin from agarwood often referred to as “liquid gold”, this overnight treatment works like magic. Made in France, the brand is EU regulated and the Overnight Oil is comprised of 99% natural ingredients. In addition to its famously captivating fragrance, oud oil is rich in antioxidants, helping to prevent signs of aging and fatigue. Prickly pear and Vitamin C keep the skin’s surface clean and act as a barrier against environmental elements like pollution and sun spots. If you’re going to invest in one new face product this year, let it be this one.
Overnight Oil Elixir
Augustinus Bader The Face Oil
The undisputed heavyweight champion of face creams launched a face oil in 2020, and devout Augustinus Bader fans were not disappointed. With a strong blend of anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory oils like the clinically studied babassu — an oil extracted from the seeds of an Amazonian babuassu palm— The Face Oil is a dream for those with problem skin.
The Face Oil
Kjaer Weis Facial Oil
Kirsten Kjaer Weis may be famous for her runway and celebrity makeup, but her skincare performs just as flawlessly. This Kjaer Weis products not only provide incredible results, they have the coveted Italian CCPB organic certification — meaning 95% or more of their ingredients are certified organic. Many of Kjaer Weis’ ingredients are biodynamically grown, making the health benefits of the skincare even better.
Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
Tata Harper is a pioneer in the luxury clean division. While 100% of this oil’s ingredients are farmed from nature, 74% of them are certified organic. A brilliant multi-tasker, this face oil can be used on just about every part of your body for added hydration and healing — even on dry hair for split-end smoothing.
Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Super Oil
Celebrity-favorite facialist Mimi Luzon is the queen of medicinal metals — particularly gold. While some brands may promote gold on their ingredient list as a marketing gimmick, Mimi Luzon’s products are the only ones to trust. Delivering the highest quality ingredients and realtime results, the Pure Gold Glow Brilliant Super Oil contains a whole party of antioxidants and nutrients that will have your complexion evenly glowing like never before.
24K Pure Gold Glow Brilliant Super Oil
I’m a Los Angeles-based beauty, wellness, and lifestyle writer. My work has appeared in Byrdie, Cosmopolitan, Eater LA, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, RealSelf, V Magazine,