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Yes, You Should Be Using Facial Oils. Here's Why

New to face oils? Applying oil on your face may strike a little fear in you, but despite what you've been imagining about oils clogging your face, it is actually quite the contrary. They're pretty great for your skin!

Generally, oils provide a bigger boost of hydration to your skin than your regular moisturizer, and that can only mean good things when it comes to fighting signs of aging, pigmentation, wrinkles, and uneven skintone. Here, we recommend you to use facial oils as the texture actually encourages you to massage your skin. They also have plenty of benefits—it relaxes and tones the muscles, which helps sculpt facial contours, removes stress and tension in the face, boosts blood flow and awakens the senses. By massaging the oil into your skin you are also pushing the skin-boosting ingredients deeper in.

Keep reading to see why oils should be included in your beauty routine (like yesterday)—and know which types best work for you.

They are high in skin-identical ingredients.

Facial oils worls well with your skin, not against it. The outermost layers of your skin are oil-based, which makes a facial oil the perfect treatment. These top layers are primarily composed of fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides, all of which can be found in natural oils.


Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil. At Rustan's

They can improve your skin tolerance.

Oils can prevent the irritation caused by some anti-aging ingredients. Argan, yangu, and borage-seed oils all decrease inflammation. Smooth one on after your nightly anti-aging treatment. A few drops will be enough to cover your face and calm the skin.



Josie Maran Pure 100% Argan Oil. Available at

They can help plump your skin.

As you age, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin’s natural oil decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. 


La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil. At Rustan's

Lead photos via Laura Mercier and Rodin Olio Lusso