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Where to buy face oil and why you need it

Restore your skin's natural balance.

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The idea of putting oil on your face seems like a beauty no-no. But certain types, like nourishing argan and jojoba, can be beneficial for many skin types — even oily and acne-prone.

Oils have a smaller molecular structure than other emollients, so they can better penetrate the skin for deep hydration. Some have anti-inflammatory properties, while others are packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants and skin-clearing vitamins.

And even if you have oily skin, restoring your skin’s moisture balance can prevent it from overproducing oil, leading to less breakouts. The key is to find the right oil for your skin type.

These are some popular ones:

  • Jojoba oil — Closely resembles naturally-occurring sebum in skin and helps control oil production. See top sites to buy jojoba oil.
  • Argan oil — Intensely hydrating and rich in vitamins A and E.
  • Rosehip oil — Rich in types of vitamin A that can help repair signs of aging and sun spots.
  • Macadamia oil — Balancing, medium-weight oil that is chemically similar to oils in skin.
  • Grapeseed oil — Packed with beta-carotene and vitamins D, C and E, it’s used as a base in many skincare products.
  • Almond oil — Rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, it’s great for overall hydration.
  • Calendula oil — High in flavonoid antioxidants that fight aging.

Tips from Finders who use face oils

Still not convinced oils can work for your skin? See what facial oils these Finders with three different skin types swear by.

Case study: Kelly's experience

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Kelly Waggoner
Editor-in-chief, Finder

I distinctly remember hearing in my teens that your skin problems disappear at 20. I thought about it often over many more years of nursing my confused face that swings from oily T-zone to outright battleground.

Years ago, a friend introduced me to Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil with wild claims that it’d calm my skin while I slept. I distrusted the “oil” part, for sure. Today, my shock that a product could stabilize my skin’s fluctuations — fluctuations not only over the hormonal course of a month but across the seasons — has thawed into an assumed part of my routine.

Case study: Gabrielle's experience

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Gabrielle Pastorek
Writer, Finder

I have dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and breakouts. Lucky me.

But I’ve found that 100% pure argan oil helps hydrate my skin and keeps redness at bay without making me break out like other oils I’ve tried. I use just a drop or two at night before bed. While I’ve used it during the day, this oil can sometimes feel thick under makeup.

Argan oil ranges widely in price, but I haven’t noticed much of a difference using more expensive brands. I use SheaMoisture’s 100% pure argan oil, which is around $10 a bottle. One bottle lasts a long time as long as you store it somewhere cool and dry.

Case study: Katia's experience

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Katia Iervasi
Writer, Finder
I have normal skin that’s a little on the dry side. I’ve used face oils on and off for years, but began seriously using them when I moved to New York — where it’s cold and windy for six months of the year and I felt like my skin needed extra nourishment. Now, they have a permanent place in my skincare routine.

My favorite is Go-To’s Face Hero, packed with 10 plant-based oils. It absorbs quickly and leaves skin looking and feeling brighter and healthier.

Many of the oils — like jojoba — have anti-inflammatory properties to safeguard my skin against those brutal winters. For best results, I apply moisturizer on top to lock in hydration.

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