The Best Drugstore Face Oils for Instant Dewiness
From the L'Oréal Portfolio of Brands
Looking to add a face oil to your skin care regimen, but aren’t sure which ones reign supreme? Lucky for you, you don’t have to break the bank to get that lit-from-within glow! We’re sharing a list of the best drugstore face oils and how you can incorporate them into your routine.
By now, you should already know the many benefits of including oils in your skin care routine. But just in case, here’s a refresher: Oils are rich in essential fatty acids that help moisturize, nourish, and protect your skin’s barrier. (Not to mention, provide an enviable, dewy glow instantly.) Now, we know what you’re probably thinking: slathering oil sounds like huge breakout-causing prank, but trust us when we tell you that face oil—either when used alone or in tandem with moisturizer or foundation—might just transform your skin, for the better. Ready to give oils a chance? Below, we’re sharing the best tips for applying face oils, in addition to four must-try facial oils—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands— that you can find at your local drugstore.
HOW TO USE FACE OIL
When it comes to applying a face oil, you have a few options. Depending on the results you’re aiming for, there are various approaches you can take. Here are three of our favorite ways to introduce face oils into a skin care routine:
To Address Your Concerns: Press the Oil into Your Skin
The simple and classic approach to applying face oils is, of course, pressing the formula firmly into the skin. Typically just two or three drops to the skin is enough to cover the face for a dose of dewy hydration. But, if you’re planning on extending to your neck and décolleté (hint: you should!) you may need a few more drops. Extending the love below your jawline is smart, since that area is often neglected in a skin care routine. For additional hydration, follow with your moisturizer. Or, opt to mix the oil into your moisturizer from the get-go…which brings us to our next point.
For Extra Moisture: Mix the Oil with Your Moisturizer
Looking to cut down time spent caring for your skin? Mix your face oil of choice into your face cream or lotion for an added boost of moisture and a subtle-looking glow. All you have to do is mix a few drops of your face oil into your daily moisturizer before massaging the formula into your face, neck, and chest. The face oil will add that extra boost of hydration to your moisturizer, which—let’s face it—is never a bad thing.
For a Dewy Glow: Mix the Oil into Your Makeup
Want to step up your makeup game? Mix a few drops of face oil into your primer or liquid foundation. Doing so can leave behind a gorgeous, all-over skin glow. What’s more? This trick can transform your matte-finish foundation into one that’s dewy.
THE BEST DRUGSTORE FACE OILS TO TRY NOW
L’OREAL PARIS AGE PERFECT CELL RENEWAL FACIAL OIL LIGHT
Inspired by 20 years of skin cell biology research, L’Oreal combines LHA with the deeply nourishing power of essential oils. And just what essential oils do we speak of? The innovation includes a purifying blend of eight essential oils—lemongrass, chamomile, argan and clove oils, just to name a few—with exfoliating LHA to aid in fortifying the skin’s moisture barrier while promoting smoother, firmer-looking skin.
To use, apply 4-5 drops of Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light onto the palm of your hand. With your fingers, dab the oil in small dots onto cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. Then, gently smooth and press the oil onto your face and neck using the whole surface of your hands. Just a few drops helps renew millions of skin surface cells day after day!
VICHY NEOVADIOL MAGISTRAL ELIXIR
This restoring formula—with a complex of oils rich in omegas—nourishes the skin with moisture, helping to compensate for the skin’s natural loss of lipids due to hormonal aging. Not only does skin feel intensely nourished after use, it appears transformed, younger-looking, smooth, supple, and radiant. Plus, the non-greasy elixir dries with a non-sticky (and non-shiny!) satin finish.
Neovadiol Magistral Elixir can be used alone or mixed into other skin care products. It can also be applied as a 10-minute mask to help plump your skin with moisture. To use as a skin replenishing serum, apply several drops of the formula onto your fingers and blend it onto a cleansed face. Follow up with your usual care.
Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir, $55 MSRP
CERAVE SKIN RENEWING GEL OIL
All CeraVe products are formulated with ceramides to help skin restore and protect its natural protective barrier—and this oil-rich elixir is no different. The non-comedogenic formula with Ceraplex technology—a unique 5-ceramide & sunflower blend—helps improve skin hydration and radiance.
To use, apply Skin Renewing Gel Oil in small dots around the face and gently smooth until absorbed. Use day or night cream prior to applying, or mix it into your facial moisturizer.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil, $23.99 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS AGE PERFECT HYDRA-NUTRITION–FACIAL OIL SPF 30
Prefer face oils that offer sun protection? You’ll get just that with L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition–Facial Oil SPF 30. Keeping mature and dry skin types in mind, this facial oil gives the skin an instant glow and nourishing moisture with its lightweight and non-greasy formula. Upon use, the skin is replenished with hydration. Over time, you can expect to see a soft, radiant, and healthy-looking glow.
For best results, gently smooth four to five drops over the face every morning. Smooth from eyebrows to hairline in an upward motion. Then, extend to the neck, jawline, and upper chest until full absorbed.
Editor’s note: Follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher for adequate protection and apply at least every two hours, in addition to seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.