The 12 Best Face Oils of 2023 for Every Skin Type

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A good face oil can help seal in moisture and other skincare products, as well as deliver other beneficial ingredients like retinol and antioxidants.

To come up with this list of the best face oils for every skin type (even oily skin), we thoroughly researched dozens of formulas and combed through their ingredients. We also considered their recommended skin types and any additional benefits, like wrinkle-reducing retinol or brightening vitamin C. For expert tips on the benefits of face oil and finding one that works for your skin, we spoke to three dermatologists: Dusan Sajic, MD, co-founder and president of Sajic Skin Science; Kseniya Kobets, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care; and Naana Boakye, MD, MPH, founder of Bergen Dermatology.

“There have been many reported uses for facial oils, ranging from their use as an antioxidant or anti-inflammatory to skin barrier repair and acne reduction," says Dr. Sajic. "What this means to our patients is that they'll see a reduction in damaged skin, have a more even tone with [fewer] blemishes, as well as healthier, more radiant skin."

Questions You Might Ask

Is face oil necessary?

Face oil is not an essential part of a skincare regimen, but it does have many benefits that make it a worthwhile addition. "If your skin suffers from irritation, dryness, flaking, or often feels tight, then face oils may help calm, hydrate, soften, and moisturize your skin," says Dr. Sajic. "If your skincare routine includes products that can dry or irritate your skin, such as retinol or vitamin or alpha/beta hydroxy acids (acne or age-fighting treatments), a face oil can help [improve your skin’s] barrier and build up resistance."

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