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Face Oils for your Skin Type


When people think of oil, they get put off by it. Maybe because when we think oil, we think grease that attracts dirt and impurities. And if you have acne-prone skin then it seems insane to include face oils in your skin care routine. Let's not forget if you have sensitive skin, then it becomes a complete no-no. Or maybe it’s because using face oil is just too confusing and it's better not to use.

Well, whatever the reason we at Kaye's Beauty Book are here to tell you that face oil can be used to treat skin issues as well, it is not only a product used for extra moisturization. So, to prove you wrong we have brought info on the very best face oils for normal, oily, sensitive, and dry skin. We even have recommendations from experts, who will walk us through how to use them for maximum glow.

Normal Skin

So, if your skin is not super dry or oily, not sensitive then congrats you have perfectly average normal skin. Which means you can use a regular face oil without having to worry about clogged pores, irritation, or dryness.

Normal skin type is less dry, so it is less in need of oil, compared to someone with dry skin. You can mix 2-3 drops in your nighttime routine after or along with your moisturizer. Another tip, when applying sunscreen or a hybrid cream, don’t mix any face oil with it no matter what skin type you have. A sunscreen is a certified product that is thoroughly tested to ensure that the SPF number listed on the bottle is giving you the UV protection it claims. If you add face oils to your morning routine it might alter the original formula and you might not get the benefit you require to protect you from the sun.

So, what face oils to use?

Argan Oil

Meet the one face oil you’ll ever need for your perfectly amazing face. It’s rich, absorbs quickly, you can also see the results immediately, contains vitamin E – which is good for your skin, it's an antioxidant that prevents skin damage, dark spots, and fine lines. Massage it in the morning or night or both. It should be the final step in your skin care routine.


Retinol Oil

Okay, not an actual oil but if you want results this is the one. A gentle retinol-spiked oil will help smoothen your skin, hydrate it, brighten it, reduce wrinkles without irritating your face.

Use every other night after your moisturizer. Make sure you use a moisturizer before, as retinols can be harsh on your skin and cause dryness if not used correctly. Also try to avoid using it in the daytime, retinols tend to make your skin extra sensitive so make sure to apply it in the night and apply a sunscreen the next day.

Here are our top picks…

Russell Organics Argan Oil. Click here to buy.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Click here to buy.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil. Click here to buy.

Dry Skin

For all the dry skin women out there, I am sure you would think that a face oil is the answer to all your dry skin problems. But alas I wish life was that easy. Some oils are more astringent and lightweight than others, so you will need to use a rich oil that is high in oleic acid – it is a fatty acid that helps lock in moisture and reduce any skin irritation. Mix a few drops directly with your moisturizer in your nighttime routine and apply to your face and neck.


So, what face oil to use?

Almond Oil

This oil is intensely moisturizing and yet it is gentle enough for anyone suffering from eczema, dermatitis, or anyone with dry flaky skin. It is also rich in vitamin A, making it is also effective in fighting acne and reducing wrinkles.


Marula Oil

This oil absorbs fast into your skin and it is a rich moisturizer that is good for claiming your dry skin day or night, since it contains a heavy dose of fatty acids.


Here are our top picks…

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil. Click here to buy.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Click here to buy.

Oily Skin

I know you are thinking I have oily skin so therefore I have enough oil on my skin, so why use a face oil. When there are some oils that can act as astringents to rid your face of excess oil and will help regulate your skin’s sebum production to make your skin less oily overall. And in fact not all oils are thick and pore clogging there are some that feel like serums or essence so your face doesn’t feel cakey or overflowing with oil.

Make sure to always use the face oil after your moisturizer. You want to make sure that the ingredients from the moisturizer get absorbed into the skin without oil clogging your pores. Then add a protective layer of oil over your moisturizer to prevent moisture loss.


So, what face oil to use?

Jojoba Oil

This oil is a lightweight oil that helps dissolve sebum and helps control the oil on your face.

Grape Seed Oil

If you have incredibly oily skin, then you should opt for grape seed oil. It is a natural astringent and is a bit more drying that jojoba oil, so it helps reduce that really excessive oil produced on your skin.

Here are our top picks…

Now 100% Pure Grape Seed Oil. Click here to buy.

Teddie Organics Organic Jojoba Oil. Click here to buy.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin then you need a face oil that does not irritate your skin, it should engulf your skin barrier in a soothing, and nourishing manner. So, this means finding a very very simple formula with no essential oils – like aloe vera oil and moringa oil.

Whichever oil you select, make sure you do a patch test first. Apply a little oil on your chin or jaw line or below your ear wherever you are more comfortable and wait to see how your skin reacts to it. Ideally you should wait for 24 hrs. If your skin seems fine, then you can start using it regularly. Also, try as much to use in your nighttime, your skin can get maximum benefits if it is applied at the night without having to worry about any skin irritation.


So, what face oil to use?

Moringa Oil

This super oil is packed with antioxidants – to help protect your skin from irritating free radicals, it also contains fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties to help protect and calm irritated skin. It lightweight yet moisturizing enough, so you can layer it up with makeup without worrying about it creating a mess.


Aloe Vera Oil

Aloe vera oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants plus it is a natural antibacterial oil and astringent, making it very good to use for people with sensitive skin or skin with acne.


Here are our top picks…

Mara Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil. Click here to buy.

Dr Adorable Aloe Vera Oil 100% Pure Organic Oil. Click here to buy.

Skin with acne

A lot of acne treatments in the market are filled with irritating ingredients that give you more breakouts and strip your skin of its natural oils making your skin more irritated and drier. So, when your skin is dry and irritated, it produces more sebum leading to pimples and blackheads. Acne safe- face oils work to reduce acne while keeping your skin moisturized and nourished, it can heal pimples without causing dryness and irritation.

Whichever oil you select, make sure you do a patch test first. Apply a little oil on your chin or jaw line or below your ear wherever you are more comfortable and wait to see how your skin reacts to it. Ideally you should wait for 24 hrs. If your skin seems fine, then you can start using it regularly.


So, what face oil to use?

Pomegranate Oil

It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so helps reduce acne causing bacteria while calming your skin and repairing broken skin. It is also very lightweight and doesn’t leave your face greasy.

Rosehip oil

This is a very popular oil when it comes to treating irritated skin with acne. The is the holy grail of face oils for skin with acne. What’s more it does not clog your pores and deeply hydrates your skin. It also has fatty acids which helps reduce scars and redness.


Here are our top picks…

The Ordinary RoseHip Seed Oil. Click here to buy.

John Masters Organics Nourish Facial Oil with Pomegranate. Click here to buy.


Kaye's Beauty Book is here to help you choose better products that suit your skin, hair and lifestyle. All of the products mentioned are carefully researched and selected to ensure that the most credible information comes to you. If you do buy a product from one of our links, Kaye's Beauty Book may earn a commission.

II DISCLAIMER: Every skin is different, not everything works for everybody. I recommend you test the product before completely using any new product. II