Sometime over the past few years,
face oils managed to shrug off their bad rap as pore-clogging, acne-causing don'ts to be recognized for what they really are: an instant way to get fresh, dewy skin and lock in much-needed moisture year-round. But don't take our word for it — ask any dermatologist, and they'll likely sing the product's praises, too.
"People not only love the feel of an oil, but they love the
idea of an oil," Los Angeles-based dermatologist and Dermstore Medical Director Ashley Magovern, MD, tells Refinery29. "It feels simple and natural, and most absorb quickly and are easy to use."
In addition to an instant glow-up, adding a face oil to your routine can be a key step for maintaining healthy, nourished skin. Ahead, 15 formulas we can't recommend highly enough.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil Good For: Dry Skin For a one-two punch of hydration, try this squalane and rose oil combo for a soothing, brightening boost. "The similarity of squalane to our own skin oils allows it to penetrate the skin completely and synthesize quickly, so it won’t clog pores or leave a greasy residue behind," says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. Biossance
Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $72.00
Buy DHC Olive Virgin Oil Good For: Dry Skin "For dry skin, oils are very hydrating and help penetrate into deeper layers of the skin because they have lower molecular weights than most lotions and creams," Dr. Engelman adds. "Olive oil is incredibly hydrating and traps moisture in the skin; it also contains antioxidants that reduce free radical damage as well as speed up the healing process." DHC
Olive Virgin Oil, $42.00
Buy True Botanicals Calm Pure Radiance Oil Good For: Combination Skin Herbal chamomile and neroli essential oils not only make this luxe, clean face oil a treat for the senses, but ingredients like grapeseed and pomegranate oils instantly soothe and hydrate combo skin without feeling heavy. True Botanicals
Pure Radiance Oil, $110.00
Buy Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil Good For:
"For combination skin, I would recommend marula oil," Dr. Magovern says. "It has anti-bacterial properties and quickly penetrates into the skin — and it’s also great for the
Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil, $72.00
Buy Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil - Lavender Absolute Good For: Combination Skin In addition to being a longtime editor favorite, this impossibly luxurious face oil is the ultimate skin savior, thanks to derm-approved ingredients like sweet almond oil, Moroccan argan oil, and Spanish apricot seed oil. Rodin Olio Lusso
Luxury Face Oil - Lavender Absolute, $170.00
Buy Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil Good For: Oily Skin "Low-comedogenic oils like argan and rosehip are good for those who may struggle with acne," Dr. Magovern says. "Herbivore's Lapis, which has azulene and squalane, is another favorite of mine and is especially great for oily and acne-prone skin." Herbivore
Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, $72.00
Buy The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil Good For:
This ultra-lightweight (and ultra-affordable) pick is perfect for mixing in with
for a boost of hydration that won't aggravate acneic skin.
100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil, $7.70
Buy EPARA Skincare Balancing Face Oil Good For: All Skin Types This luxe, moringa oil-based blend is ideal for addressing hyperpigmentation, and has licorice root extract for brightening benefits. EPARA Skincare
Balancing Face Oil, $140.00
Buy Supernal Cosmic Glow Oil Good For: All Skin Types This facial oil is packed with amla, blue tansy and Roman chamomile oils that will offer enough hydration for dry and combo skin while keeping oily types in the clear. Supernal
Cosmic Glow Oil, $108.00
Buy Image Vital-C Hydrating Facial Oil Good For: All Skin Types "Maintaining a strong moisture barrier is the key to having healthy skin," Dr. Magovern says. "Oils go beyond just hydrating skin to 'treating' it — and that’s the key to keeping skin looking young." image skincare
VITAL C Hydrating Facial Oil,
$54.00 $32.00 Buy Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil Good For:
All Skin Types
"Many oils are good emulsifiers for other active ingredients like vitamin C and retinols," New York City-based dermatologist and co-founder of
LM Medical NYC
Morgan Rabach, MD, explains.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $55.00
Buy Weleda Sensitive Care Calming Oil Good For:
"People are more interested in plant-based beauty and products that are good for their bodies and the earth," says New York City-based esthetician
. One of her top picks? This fast-absorbing almond oil, which calms and fortifies irritated skin.
Sensitive Care Calming Oil, $29.99
Buy Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil Good For: Sensitive "Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids which can help plump and revive dull aging skin," Astarita says. Additionally, the low-comedogenic oil is a popular pick for oily types, too, since it won't clog pores. Pai Skincare
Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, $44.00
Buy La Mer The Renewal Oil Good For: Anti-Aging "This highly potent oil contains meadowfoam and jojoba seed oils to help protect from environmental aggressors as well as improve skin hydration and soften fine lines and wrinkles," Dr. Engelman says. "With continued use, the skin barrier is stronger, plumper, and more hydrated." La Mer
The Renewal Oil, $245.00
Buy Good For:
Another pro pick for smoothing and firming is Glo Skin's Conditioning Oil, which features a supercharged blend of squalane, argan, jojoba, and sunflower oils for round-the-clock hydration and serious plumping benefits.
Glo Skin Beauty
Phyto-Active Conditioning Oil, $62.00