Traditional creams are loaded with harmful chemicals such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), synthetic colors & fragrances and even formaldehyde to name a few. Many of these chemcials irritate skin and can cause allergic reactions and/or breakouts. So, if you're not already using facial oil, it's time. But won't oil make me break out? Quite the contrary. Many plant oils actually help your skin regulate oil production so you can kiss breakouts goodbye. Plus plant botanicals provide some of the best protection against signs of aging including reducing fine lines, evening skin tone and tightening skin.
We tested dozens of facial oils over the last few months to find our top picks. We were looking for oils that produced tangible results (super smooth, even skin tone, feels great!), are made from plants (not chemicals), and are a great value for the price.
By far and away, Naked + Thriving's REJUVENATE Restorative Facial Oil was the favorite among the group. Aside from the brand's cheeky name (which we love) this oil had the most visible results from the moment we used it! We saw a reduction in facial lines, more even skin tone and we literally could not stopping touching our faces (so soft!) and a little goes a long way since it is highly concentrated; they say a bottle lasts 3-4 months, but we guess even longer. Made from 99% certified organic ingredients, REJUVENATE uses some of our favorite and most active oils such as Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Chia Seed & Pomegranate. And it's the only oil we found that's formulated based on your skin type. If you're going to try just one oil, this is the one.
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Our second pick, Odacite's An Autumn on The World, is a great albeit expensive oil. We loved the way it felt on our skin, however, it is half the size of Naked + Thriving and more than double the cost ($149). Our other qualm is that while this is touted as a "clean" oil, it does not have certified organic or natural ingredients.
It was only a matter of time before Gwyneth released her own facial oil and here it is. While we love the clean packaging and the oil is pretty great we did not love the scent. We did struggle to understand a price point of $110 when the first ingredient is sunflower oil (one of the cheaper oils out there).
Bringing up the rear of our top facial oils is ila's face oil for glowing radiance. This facial oil also touts Argan as a key ingredient and produced some great results. We noticed a more even skin tone, however, we did not see line reduction as with some of the others. Also, the dropper on this bottle was unlike most others and not as easy to use, which, at the end of the day if our beauty routine can be made easier, it's always a plus in our book.