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14 Best Face Oils for Every Single Type of Skin

Make acne-prone or aging skin glow instantly.

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If you're doing everything you can to combat dry skin, consider adding a facial oil to your routine. "Facial oils are a good way to complement everyday skincare products (like your daily moisturizer or night cream) for an extra moisturization boost, especially during dry winter months," says Danusia Wnek, a chemist in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab. "The benefits include leaving skin feeling soft, smoothing texture, and improving radiance."

Face oils "should be applied on clean skin by gently pressing onto the face and the décolleté rather than rubbing it in," Wnek says. "Try it when your face is damp, as applying it on wet skin will lock in moisture." Use a small amount to start (think a drop or two) and build up if you need more. You can even add a drop to your moisturizer, and then apply it to your skin.

How we test face oils

In the GH Beauty Lab's largest category test ever, 56 face oils across price points were label-masked, then tested by 1,112 volunteers of various skin types to narrow the field to the top 16. Our testers used the products at home in their regular routines, evaluating them for effects on skin including hydration, softening, radiance-boosting, firming, wrinkle reduction, texture smoothing, irritation, and breakouts, and attributes such as scent, dispensing, texture, and absorption.

In the Lab, scientists used the Corneometer device to measure the moisturization effects of each formula over six hours after application. In total, consumer testers answered 18,904 survey questions and 1,800 Corneometer measurements were tallied to find the winners.

So, what are the best oils for your face? Here, the best face oils you can buy for all skin types according to GH Beauty Lab testing and experts, including natural formulas for anti-aging, extremely dry skin, oily and acne-prone skin, including hydrating drugstore picks for the glowiest skin ever:

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Best Overall Face Oil
Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil
Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier

  • Hydrates skin over time
  • Enhances skin's glow
  • Anti-aging effects

A combination of 10 natural oils, including sunflower and rose, increased skin's hydration 12% over six hours in the GH Beauty Lab's test, earning this Laura Mercier facial oil high marks. "It gave me back that dewy look I haven't seen in so long," one tester said. "My face has a healthy glow and looks younger, with fewer wrinkles," another said.

Best Value Face Oil
Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil
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  • Affordably-priced
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Instantly hydrates skin

A winner of the GH Beauty Lab's face oil test, this bargain-priced drugstore buy rivals high-priced standouts. The formula boasts exotic oils like argan, camelina and coconut, which led it to rate highest among testers for immediately moisturizing skin so it looked “plumper and smoother.”

Best Natural Face Oil
Purely Age-Defying Firming Face Oil

  • Made of natural ingredients
  • Calming; great for sensitive skin

Jurlique's botanically-based face oil was a high performer in the GH Beauty Lab's test for not irritating, thanks to gentle extracts of safflower, macadamia and avocado oils. It also raised skin's moisture levels by 9%. Testers said the plant oil blend diminished red, splotchy areasand made skin “balanced, even and clear.”

Best Anti-Aging Face Oil
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil
La Prairie
La Prairie

  • Minimizes lines and wrinkles
  • Luxurious formula moisturizes skin

  • Pricey

This high-end La Prairie face oil is a splurge, but one that works, especially for aging skin. The "very luxurious," "not greasy," "easily absorbed" formula got a top score for diminishing fine lines (including crow's feet) and improving texture. It also boosted skin's moisture by 12%. One tester pled to know: "What is it?! I need it in my life."

Best Moisturizing Face Oil
Arctic Face Oil
skyn iceland
Skyn Iceland

  • Skin softening and hydrating
  • Rich formula

Made of 99% camelina oil, plus sunflower oil and vitamin E, GH Beauty Lab testers thought this Skyn Iceland oil moisturized well and made their skin softer. "It moisturized my skin so much better than my regular moisturizer," said one tester. But go easy with this one — a little goes a long way. 

Best Face Oil for Acne-Prone Skin
Retinol Clearing Oil

  • Contains breakout-reducing ingredients

  • Pricey
  • Scent can be polarizing

Yes, face oil can actually be good for acne-prone skin. Case in point: This Dermalogica formula, infused with breakout-fighting active ingredients like salicylic acid and retinol. "My skin feels so smooth after using it and I really feel like it’s helped clear my skin and given me a brighter look," a Dermstore reviewer said. 

Best Face Oil for Oily Skin
VineActiv Organic Overnight Detox Oil

  • Balances combination or oily skin

  • Scent can be polarizing

Oily skin can benefit from a face oil, too, like this overnight formula from Caudalie, made with balancing essential oils."I have occasional stress-related and hormonal breakouts," an Amazon reviewer reported. "I've noticed my skin is smoother with less breakouts, and has a healthy sheen without looking greasy."

Best Face Oil for Glowing Skin
Gold Camellia Beauty Oil

  • Enhances radiance
  • Lightweight formula
  • Great scent

  • Pricey

For boosting skin's radiance and glow, Tatcha's camellia oil was top-rated among GH Beauty Lab testers. "The oil was light and my skin absorbed right away," one shared. The floral scent was also a hit, people pointed out that it was "very light" and a "clean, natural fragrance." 

Best Face Oil for Fighting Wrinkles
Jasmine Aromatic Care

  • Made with high-end essential oils; great scent
  • Plumps fine lines
  • Gives skin a glow

  • Pricey

Soften the look of fine lines with Darphin's luxurious face oil formula, based on floral essential oils like jasmine, rose, and evening primrose. "This oil soaks into crepey skin and makes it feel plump and look dewy," GH's beauty director says. "And the scent is gorgeous, like walking in a field of flowers in the French countryside."

Best Face Oil for Extremely Dry Skin
Restoring Facial Oil
Chelsey Wang
Chelsey Wang

  • Extra nourishing rich formula
  • Great scent

  • May be too rich for oily or acne-prone skin

This infusion of plant oils (argan, carrot, jasmine, pomegranate) from Chelsey Wang is like a coddling blanket for the driest skin. "My dehydrated, eczema-prone skin drank up this thick, rich oil, and the beautiful jasmine scent doubles as aromatherapy," GH's beauty director says. "I have access to endless amounts of face oils, and this is one I used to the very last drop." 

Best Face Oil for Brightening Skin
C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
Sunday Riley
Sunday Riley

  • Brightens skin with vitamin C
  • Lightweight
  • Works with makeup

  • Pricey

Give your complexion vibrancy with this Sunday Riley face oil, a GH beauty editor go-to. "It’s perfect to layer over moisturizer at night for super bright skin in the morning," says GH beauty assistant Katie Berohn. "The oil is not heavy at all and sinks into skin easily." The formula also works with makeup: "Sometimes I mix a few drops with my makeup in the morning if I want to look super dewy," she adds. 

Best Multi-Use Face Oil
Nectar Vital Rose Drops

  • Double-duty formula
  • Nourishes and revitalizes skin
  • Made with organic ingredients

  • Pricey

This concentrated rose-scented face oil from Osmia can be dropped into other skincare products as a nourishing booster or used alone. "The decadent blend of oils like argan, pumpkin, rosehip, and sandalwood are perfect for sealing moisture in and reviving tired skin," GH's beauty director says. 

Best Pure Face Oil
Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
Drunk Elephant
Drunk Elephant

  • No extra ingredients
  • Less likely to irritate skin
  • Deeply nourishing

For the ingredient minimalist, this Drunk Elephant face oil contains just one: Marula oil. "I like that this oil has no added ingredients," Berohn notes. "It absorbs really well and is so hydrating, perfect for days when skin is extra dry."

Best Antioxidant Face Oil
Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil
Eminence Organics
Eminence Organic Skin Care

  • Contains bonus treatment ingredients
  • Made with organic extracts and oils

  • Pricey

Eminence's cocktail of organic oils is also laced with antioxidants for extra skincare benefits. "This sinks so well into skin and has vitamins C and  E, so you also get the benefits of a serum," Berohn says. "It's one of the few products that I’ve actually used to the last drop."

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