Once upon a time, we thought oil was the enemy in facial care. But times have changed, and now it’s common knowledge that some plant-based beauty oils supply essential fatty acids that can help balance your skin and boost its resiliency.
The key to using beauty oils correctly is choosing an oil that suits your skin. We’ve broken down some of the most popular beauty oils by skin type and paired them with favorite products from each category. Bonus: Every one of these recommendations meets our Premium Body Care standards for sourcing, safety, results and environmental impact (and includes vetting for more than 400 unacceptable ingredients).
Marula oil helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Try Acure Marula Oil
Tamanu oil, also known as “beauty leaf oil,” is a skin-care staple in parts of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
Try Aura Cacia Nourishing Tamanu Oil
Neem oil and neem extract are Ayurvedic solutions for irritated skin.
Try evanhealy Neem Immortelle Purifying Infusion
Baobab oil nourishes with a combination of vitamin C and fatty acids.
Try MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil (with baobab)
Rosehip oil aids rejuvenation with a beneficial blend of fatty acids, bioflavonoids and antioxidants.
Try Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +
How to Add Beauty Oils to Your Routine
For maximum effectiveness, pair your oil with a gentle, alcohol-free toner. A product such as evanhealy Neem Immortelle or Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul helps prep your skin to absorb beauty oils and serums.
Morning: Cleanse and tone as usual, then massage a few drops into skin before (or after) applying moisturizer. (There are different opinions on which step comes first — try it both ways and see which works best for you.) And don’t forget the sunscreen.
Evening: Cleanse and tone as usual, then massage a few drops into skin. Depending on your skin type, you can stop there or apply night cream.
For more skin care tips, check out the latest issue of Hello, Beauty! (in stores now), or visit our Whole Body pages for DIY recipes, how-tos and more.
Have you added beauty oils to your routine? Share your skin-care tips in the comments.