Humans have used facial oils for thousands of years. Though popular thought links oil to acne, this is not entirely based on fact — acne is caused when blocked follicles get infected with bacteria. Facial oils, produced by a range of brands, can actually help prevent it; they moisturize the skin, addressing the dryness caused by anti-aging and anti-acne treatments, and reduce inflammation with the combination of fatty acids and antioxidants. The type of oil, and how you apply it, will always depend on your skin type, but most users find success by applying before a daily moisturizer. Here are five to consider.
Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil
Suitable for normal to dry skin, this facial oil is a blend of rosehip, jojoba and evening primrose oils. Loaded with fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, it is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
This oil is a blend of organic Rosehip fruit and seed oil that is rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. The oil regenerates the skin without irritation, and its antioxidant carotenoids help protect the skin.
Naturopathica Carrot Seed Soothing Facial Oil
This hydrating facial oil is a blend of carrot seed oil (rich in Vitamin E), evening primrose oil (containing gamma-linolenic acid) and lavender oil. This oil can prevent redness and calm inflammation, and 99.78 percent of its ingredients are sourced from organic farms.
Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil
Chia oil is incredibly rich with omega fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. In this face oil, it’s blended with neroli, sweet-orange and blood-orange oils to keep the skin hydrated and protected.
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate
This face oil is a blend of Tamanu oil (which reduces the appearance of daily damage), sunflower oil (to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier) and ginger root oil (to defend against free radicals). It is all-natural, paraben-free and non-acnegenic.