As we age our skin naturally produces less oil. Using a clean oil helps provide much needed nutrients to skin and provide healthy, glowing skin. Plus plant botanicals provide some of the best protection against signs of aging including reducing fine lines, evening skin tone and tightening skin.
Not to mention that traditional creams and oils 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 chemicals irritate skin and can cause allergic reactions and breakouts. So, if you're not already using a clean 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.
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. If you have dry skin, try putting on a clean water-based serum on before applying the oil.
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. We saw a reduction in facial lines, more even skin tone and we literally could not stopping touching our faces (so soft!) They say one bottle should last a 3-4 months, but we guess longer. Naked + Thriving plants a tree for every bottle sold and are 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 they have a great body oil as well.
Post Update: Naked + Thriving is currently offering 10% off full-size products using code ORGANIC2019 at checkout. As always we love to pass along sales when we see them!
Our second selection is the ever popular, and even more expensive, Vintner’s Daughter. Coming in at $185 we found this oil to be one of the most expensive we tried. The oil has a pleasant, earthy fragrance and is mainly comprised of Grape Seed Oil, Hazelnut and Bergamot. The reason this oil was not our favorite is that we found it slightly greasy, which was surprising given it’s popularity and price point.
Our next pick is Beautycounter’s Brightening Facial Oil. This oil applies easily to the skin and consists of Avocado, Grape and Meadowfoam oils . These are heavier oils so if you are looking for a light oil we would not recommend this one. It made our skin softer with a pleasant orange scent. Full disclosure, this oil is very expensive at $69 for 0.67 oz. so it is not the best bang for your buck.
Next in line is Josie Maran’s Argan Oil. This oil has grown quite popular over the last few years and for good reason, it’s hydrating and not too heavy. However, it comes in third on our list because we did not find that it absorbed as well as others and aside from the hydration did not see many other benefits.
Our next pick is SK-II's Facial Treatment Oil. This oil is heavier than the others consisting of olive and avocado oils that are fattier, heavier oils. We would only recommend this oil for those who have extremely dry skin. That said, it does quite a nice job at moisturizing the skin and smells delightful. A bottle will run approximately $150.
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).
While we love many products from Origins we were a bit disappointed by this one. The scent of the oil is great we will admit. However, this oil is greasier than others we tried and does not sink into the skin well, even after a good ten minutes. The greasy feeling continued well after use. Our other complaint about this oil is that the bottle is oddly shaped with a wide opening that makes it top heavy and easy to topple over. We would only recommend this oil for those with extremely dry skin and would say to use it at night to avoid looking greasy during the day.
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.