facial oil for every skin type

Here’s the Beauty Insider guide to facial oils for every skin type

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Facial oils are a luxury. It’s not a basic step in any skincare routine, but nonetheless important in creating glowing skin. We’re seeing more and more plant-derived formulas in oil formats—rosehip, marula, lavender, among others—and can’t wait to see its effects on our skin. If you’ve been wanting to know more about facial oils, you can see our official guide below.

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Why should I use a facial oil?

Contrary to popular belief, facial oils can also be used to target skin problems on top of its benefits to glowing skin. Most facial oils are plant-derived, containing at least one-star ingredient that targets problems on your face, may it be acne, dull tones, or dry skin. Pelle Beauty reports, “Facial oils work by deeply penetrating the skin and delivering these natural plant ingredients. Immediately skin becomes softer and more radiant and feels velvety soft. After a time, lines will be softened and skin will have a youthful glow.”

For Acne-prone Skin

Tea-tree is known to have a calming effect on the skin. Effectivity still depends on concentration, experts at Paula’s Choice note. “Research has shown that the application of a 5% concentration of tea tree oil can reduce the number of papules and pustules—both types of pimples that people with acne usually experience.”

Try this: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

For Dry skin

Marula oil, usually derived from trees in Southern Africa. It’s known for moisturizing dry skin and is rich in amino acids that have anti-aging properties.

Try this: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

For All Skin Types

This non-pore clogging oil is perfect for all skin types. It’s derived from olives and produces a non-greasy finish on the skin. The benefits can include improvement in your skin’s texture and elasticity.

Try this: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalene

How to use

The rule of thumb when applying facial oils: cleanse, apply, moisturize. Start with a clean face, apply about 3-5 drops of your oils and massage onto the skin, and layer up with a moisturizer. You can use this in the morning and night too!