Applying oil to your face can seem a bit counterintuitive, but when layered under or used in place of your regular moisturizer, these skin softeners feel surprisingly light, remedy skin issues, and will make you glow. Sold? We thought so. Now use our guide to find your best bottle. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.
If you want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles
Nourishing microalgae oil and ceramides (natural lipids in the skin) pack a one-two punch against signs of aging by increasing cell repair and improving skin's ability to seal in moisture. For best results, layer it over your wrinkle-fighting retinol treatment to calm irritation. Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repair Oil, $79.
If your skin is dry and flaky
The blend of sesame, sweet almond, olive, and jojoba is the perfect hydrating cocktail, while vitamin E protects skin from environmental damage. Layer a thick cream on top to seal in all the good stuff. Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil, $62.
If you have oily skin
Fact: Oil can actually control oil production, and this one is rich in plant oils that quickly absorb into the skin, helping to balance excess oil production all day long. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Normalizing Day Oil, $42.95.
If you're looking to bolster your anti-aging regimen
You'll want to bathe in this cocktail of age-defying ingredients, but restrain yourself--you only need a drop or two. Tsubaki (camellia oil), protein-rich Japanese sea kelp, and rice bran oil protect against free-radical damage, thus preventing premature aging. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46.
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If you want to brighten your complexion
This fast-absorbing oil gives you a lit-from-within, stat. Tap some on before applying your makeup, and its seaberry, cranberry seed, and grapeseed oils will leave your face looking refreshed, smooth, and all around amazing. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $50.
If your skin needs soothing
Protective moisture levels drop as we age, causing dryness and lines, which is where this formula comes in. Made of plant oils, it hydrates, adds glow, and helps balance out stressed skin. Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil, $49.50.
If you want a do-it-all, wallet-friendly find
It replenishes and restores dull, dry skin with eight essential oils, makes your skin supple and soft, and it has a lovely floral fragrance. Sound luxurious? It is. And you'll find it at your local drugstore. L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, $24.99.
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If you want to go au naturel
Here's an oil that will make you look amazing and feel even better about using: Made from pure argan oil, this formula is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes, so you'll really glow from the inside out. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, $48.
If you want some lightening action
Cocoa butter, retinol, and vitamin C work to brighten dark spots, correct unevenness, and iron out wrinkles, all while adding moisture. Plus, the oil is dry--no greasy residue here. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, $12.99.
If you have sensitive skin
Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this almond-oil-based treatment soothes and nourishes finicky skin. Massage into your face morning and night to ward off redness and irritation. Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil, $25.50.
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