Beauty oils? For the face? Does that sound like your skin’s worst nightmare? A precursor to Pimple Town? Who in the world wants oily skin? Spoiler: You do. You really, really do.
A long, long time ago there was a Land Before Sephora. There were no Target beauty aisles to weave through for hours at a time. There were just plants. You know, those things that provide us with food, shelter, oxygen—and apparently the most glowing, dewy skin, ever.
No matter where you set your time machine to, you’ll find that every culture in history relied on plant oils for skincare. They’re abundant in every flora-heavy ecosystem (sorry, penguins). And although it might sound counterintuitive, they can actually balance out your oily skin problems and help you get—and keep—that gorgeous glow you’ve been looking for.
A plant oil for every skin type
Everybody has different skin. Habits, diet, genetics—they all play a role. And that’s why skincare is so complicated. There’s always a risk when trying new products others swear by. They can often lead to disappointing results for your skin type. Sophia Loren famously swore by olive oil baths (and eating all the carbs), but you might find a lighter oil like jojoba is better suited to your constitution. The point is, there is an oil for your skin. One (or lots) that won’t leave your skin greasy. One that will help bring balance. One that will speak kindly and gently to the bacteria that keep giving you trouble.
If you’re prone to dry skin (hello, winter), these oils may be right for you:
coconut, olive, marula, sqaulane.
If you’re prone to oily/acne/combination skin, these oils may be right for you:
Jojoba, argan, squalane, rosehip, tea tree.
If you’re blessed with uneventful normal skin, there are still some best recommendations for you:
Squalane, jojoba, argan, rosehip, marula.
But there are far more skin oils out there! This list features some of the best beauty oil blends with hero ingredients like Sea Buckthorn and Algae oils. And keep in mind that oils do everything—from cleansing and moisturizing to exfoliating.
1. OSEA Undaria Algae Oil
While OSEA promotes this as a body oil, you can be sure to include your face in that equation (unless it’s super sensitive, then check out the Josie Maran Skin Dope below). It slow steeps its algae for six months with other yummies like babassu, grapefruit, and passion fruit oils. OSEA customers swear by this product to reduce redness, balance skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Josie Maran Skin Dope CBD
For the purists, a little does go a long way. And Josie Maran wants to prove it. Her Skin Dope boasts just two ingredients: argan and CBD—the buzziest plant in beauty right now. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabidiol compound in cannabis known for its anti-inflammatory and calming effects (it works internally as well as externally). Moran brought Moroccan argan oil to the mainstream a few years back, turning it into a must-have for every beauty product lover. And after you give this blend a whirl, she might just convert you to a die-hard CBD lover, too.
3. Kypris 1,000 Roses
The name kind of says it all, right? Who wouldn’t want the oil of a thousand roses on their skin? This super luxe and hydrating blend marries rose flower and rose seed oils with complementary botanical extracts. And it will leave your skin as soft and smooth as the petals of the world’s most fragrant flowers.
4. Laurel Whole Plant Organics Antioxidant Serum
This luscious combo of 31 oils and botanicals deliver all the skin-glowy-goodness and then some. The oils on their own are going to give your skin a regenerating boost. And the herbs and flowers like nettle, chamomile, and lemon balm don’t disappoint, either. Feel dewy and renewed with just a few drops.
5. Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
Tata Harper has a huge following. And once you try this face oil perfect for oily skin, you’ll see why. This oil features skin-refining benefits from rose hips. Plus a healthy dose of antioxidants, amino acids, and pore-refining jojoba and calendula, and a dreamy scent from neroli.
Jill Ettinger is an LA-based writer and editor focused on vegan and cruelty-free living.