The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

the best face oils by skin type

Facial oils belong in every natural skincare routine, but they’re not one-size-fits all! Let’s take a look at the best face oils for each different skin type — acne-prone, oily, aging, and sensitive skin — plus the benefits of oils and how to include them in your natural beauty routine.

Originally Published on November 26, 2019 | Updated on June 3, 2021

So maybe you’ve heard about how amazing face oils are for your skin…

How they’re naturally rich in the vitamins and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin.

How they provide unparalleled moisture.

How they help keep skin clear.

And it’s SO true!

According to Forbes Magazine:

Face oils are totally worth the hype. And the benefits of adding face oils to your daily beauty regimen is well worth the effort.

It’s surprising at first given all of the skincare products out there that tout “oil-free” on their packaging, making us feel like any oil on our skin whatsoever will turn us into giant walking, talking blackheads… at least that’s what I once thought.

But oils were actually key in helping me clear my acne and continue to be a very important part of my all-natural skincare and beauty routine.

I even recently took my obsession for face oils and bottled it up! The Body Unburdened Beauty Blends are made with the highest quality organic ingredients… and so much love by yours truly just for you.


What does a face oil do? What’s all the hype about!?

The benefits of face oils span every skin type and goal. Because…

Face oils provide skin with AH-MAZING moisture

Made of fatty acids and lipids, facial oils moisturize skin. They also lock hydration a.k.a. water into your skin and prevent transepidermal water loss. This translates to soft, supple, glowing skin.

Moisturized skin also appears more youthful than dry skin, and heals more quickly.

Face Oils are jam-packed with antioxidants, which fight the signs of aging AND blemishes

“How?” you ask!?

  • Antioxidants neutralize aging free radicals
  • Antioxidants help stimulate collagen production
  • Antioxidants prevent sebum oxidation

They really lead the army when it comes to the fight against acne and blemishes


But oils are not one-size-fits-all — it’s important to choose the best face oil for your unique skin type and needs!

So which facial oil is best? What is the best oil for your face?

The answer will vary based on skin type and skincare goals.

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The Best Face Oils for Acne & Blemish-Prone Skin

PUMPKIN SEED OIL

Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin seed oil is one of my newest favorite face oils, and one that benefits all skin types. It is especially fantastic for blemish-prone skin since the antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent the sebum oxidation behind many outbreaks.

Pumpkin seed oil is also high in linoleic acid, making it a great choice for blemish-prone skin, which has been shown to often be too high in oleic acid the linoleic acid in the blend helps to bring skin back to a state of balance (source).

GRAPESEED OIL

A very light oil that absorbs into the skin quickly, grapeseed oil is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Like pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil is also high in linoleic acid. These benefits make it ideal for blemish-prone skin.

HEMP SEED OIL

Hemp seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamins A and E, as well as skin-loving zinc. It is also high in linoleic acid, helping to bring blemish-prone skin back into balance.

A dry oil, hemp seed oil is best blended with a more moisturizing oil.

TAMANU OIL

Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and found to greatly heal damaged skin and prevent scarring. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tamanu oil is great for blemish-prone skin.

NOTE: If you have a tree nut allergy, you may need to avoid tamanu oil or check with your doctor before using it.


The Best Face Oils for Oily Skin

JOJOBA OIL

Actually a liquid wax, jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it helps balance oil production in those with oily skin by “tricking” the skin to produce less oil. It’s also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin.

GRAPESEED OIL

Since it is so light and absorbs so quickly, grapeseed oil is great for those with oily skin. Again, it’s filled with antioxidants and has anti-onflammatory properties, brining added banefits to the skin.


Best Face Oils for Dry Skin

ALMOND OIL

Almond oil is a light oil that absorbs quickly yet moisturizes deeply. If you’re sensitive to scent, almond oil is for you since it virtually odorless!

APRICOT KERNEL OIL

Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil absorbs quickly and is extremely moisturizing. It also has little to no, scent. (Really, I have yet to discover any big differences between almond and apricot kernel oils!)


Best Face Oils for Anti-Aging / Mature Skin

ARGAN OIL

Referred to as “liquid gold”, argan oil is fast-absorbing and known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.

ROSEHIP SEED OIL

A dry oil that penetrates the skin quickly, rosehip seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars, and generally brightens skin.

SEABUCKTHORN OIL

Rich in carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols, seabuckthorn oil is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps to combat aging inflammation and free-radicals.

POMEGRANATE SEED OIL

Rich in the antioxidants flavonoids, pomegranate seed oil prevents aging by neutralizing collagen-damaging free-radicals and reducing inflammation.


Best Face Oils for Sensitive Skin

BORAGE SEED OIL

Borage seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to significantly decrease inflammation in the skin when applied topically. Though borage oil is a popular dietary supplement to support skin health, topical application of borage oil has been shown to effectively preventing and treat inflammatory conditions like acne as well as eczema and dermatitis.

AVOCADO OIL

A richly moisturizing oil, avocado oil is packed with B vitamins as well as the antioxidant vitamins A and C. It’s especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin.

HEMP SEED OIL

Hemp seed oil is great for chapped, broken skin. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis.


How to use face oils in your natural skincare routine

Now that you know which oils are right for your unique skin’s needs, you may be wondering…

How do you apply face oil?

When it comes to face oils, a little goes a long way. Dispense just 4-8 drops of oil onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm then oil, then gently pay the oil into your skin.

When should you apply face oil?

You can apply face oils in both the morning and evening.

However, if you tend an oily skin type, you may prefer to only apply them in the evening.

Do you put face oil on before or after moisturizer?

You want to apply your face oil as the last step in your routine, after applying any water-based serums or moisturizers.

How can I make a homemade DIY face oil blend?

If you’d like, you can blend one or a few different face oils with some essential oils to create a custom face oil blend.

See How to Make a Custom Face Oil Blend (perfect for YOUR skin!) for all the details!

How do I wash my face with you?

Follow the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse learn how to “wash” your face with oils.


Do you have a favorite face oil?

Please share with us in the comments below!

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  1. ;’
    why are all the comments above blocked out with A FIGURE OF A SHADOWBO X person? would love to read allof them!!!!!

  2. Do I directly mix the oils and apply? I keep seeing that they need to be diluted, but don’t see how! Thank you! ☺

  3. Hi! I’ve been switching my skincare routine to natural products over the last week. My skin is dry. I’ve been using the oil cleansing method, an oil serum made of argan and squalene, and a homemade moisturizer made of equal parts shea and mangobutter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil whipped until creamy. My skin feels oily but great at first. After an hour or so it still feels smooth on top but it’s tight underneath. What else do I need or need to change? Thank you

  4. That really depends on your skin – if they are too oily, you may want to combine them with a drier oil.

  5. Frankincense is wonderful for all skin types and don’t forget that a little goes a long way! So I do suggest including it. But if you want to omit it, you can just replace it with an equal amount of the oils you do have. Have fun 🙂

  6. I haven’t used neem oil before (though I’ve heard it’s very stinky!). I would assume you can use it as I discuss here – either as a moisturizer or with the Oil Cleansing Method.

  7. Have you ever used Neem oil for blemished/oily skin? If so, how would you recommend using it? Thank you!

  8. Dear Nadia,

    I have started using organ oil at night and Jojoba and reshape in the morning. I have dry skin. Can you suggest me what to use for my under-eye wrinkles. Will argan oil do or should I buy sweet almond oil?

    Thanks
    Ayesha

  9. Hi Nadia can I mix Castor oil, Coconut , Mongolia, Grapeseed and Rosehip for my body and face ? Will I not develop rash on my face?or should I stick to Rosehip for face

  10. hello Nadia I use ROSEHIP ON MY FACE and neck . Coconut oil on my body , my skin is well nourished and soft , also castor oil is good . loving the oils, love from South Africa

  11. Oooh, so glad I found this. So many oils that seem to have similar healing properties and benefits, it’s really tough to decide which one I should get… Just wondering, do you have a list of oils and their properties somewhere on your website? Looking the a whole list so I can take it with me to the store and pick which ones best 🙂

  12. Hi.this s a very informative post.My face is oily acne prone with scars mostly on cheeks n my back .Which oil do you recommend.?How can I mix different essential oils ?Thanx in advance

  13. Great website and great article! I was surprised to see that you mentioned that rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin C. I know that the plant is but I’m not so sure that the oil is, as vitamin c is water soluble. Can you explain the research/science behind your assesrtion?

    Thanks

  14. Hi, Nadia-

    I have dry, acne prone skin and was looking for a moisturizer. I saw your combination of jojoba, lavender, Tamanu and frankincense. I have lavender and ordered Tamanu and jojoba. My concern is the Franko sense which is very expensive. Would this mixture be effective without it or can you recommend another?

    Thanks!