Face oils are a staple in my skincare routine. I think there is an oil for everyone, and that every person should find the one that works for them. Oils are loaded with benefits the skin cannot receive at such high concentrations from any other product. Above and below I have pictured all of the oils I currently own. This post will serve as a miniature review for the readers as well as an exercise for me in picking which, if any, to repurchase as my sole oil when I run out of these. My goal is to narrow down my skincare collection to having one of each category.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum $185 has made quiet the name for itself lately in the last year. The brand’s website is full of testimonials praising the seemingly magical effect of the serum (it’s an oil). I like this product a lot. I do. My mom, who has sensitive skin, can’t stand it. If you’re sensitive to essential oils or fragrances in skincare, save your $185. The testimonial that really made my eyes roll back was the woman on the “tight budget” claiming how worth it it was to shell out the cash for this product because its soooooOOOooo magical. K. I would venture to guess that she hasn’t done much research into skincare. If she had, she would know how easy it is to replicate the effects of this oil for a LOT less money. More on that coming to you all soon. I do like this product. My face likes it a lot. It makes my skin bright, clear, and glowy. It does not offer much hydration though. I often layer a moisturizer on top. Solid 3.5/5. For the price, you can do better.
Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil by Fresh $46/$52 is one of my all time favorite face oils. This is for the dry skin babes. It’s Vintner’s Daughter without the gorgeous smell, but with added hydration. A tiny bit of this goes a long way on the face. It sinks in easily, and really feels like it’s penetrating the skin. Some oils can sit on the surface and rub off due to their propensity to stick to anything they touch, but this one goes deep and therefore the benefits stay on your skin. The hydration lasts much longer than some other oils. This oil is a total 5/5 for me.
Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Oil Balm $35 is new to me. I don’t have a fully formed opinion yet, but I do enjoy it so far. It’s very cheap for the size, and can be used all over the body. Dr. Jart recommends it be used on cuticles, dry patches on the face, lips, and rough joints such as elbows and knees. I’m very excited to see how this works on my cuticles, as my nails can be quite dry. I applied this to my perpetually rough knee’s earlier and they do feel softer, but I need to use it more to know if this helps past a topical level. I plan to slather this on my face post-AHA exfoliation masking via The Ordinary .
Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster $36 is a personal favorite of mine. I reviewed it here on my instagram! This face oil is loaded with fatty acids, plant extracts, and ceramides. Ceramides are fantastic for people with dry skin, they are incredibly hydrating waxy lipid molecules. Read up about them in this article. From my personal experience, they really do increase the amount and lasting power of the hydration you receive from a product. This oil is fairly priced, and doesn’t take much at a time to work. I do wish it had more benefits besides hydration. 4.5/5.
What are some of your favorite face oils? If anyone has experience with oils for oilier skin types, please comment!