Our Favorite Drugstore Face Oils, Hands Down
If you’ve never used a face oil before, you might be thinking that slathering an oil on your face is a recipe for breakouts, but trust us when we tell you that facial oils, whether used alone or in tandem with moisturizer or foundation, can seriously transform your skin. Oils are rich in essential fatty acids that help moisturize, nourish and protect your skin’s barrier, plus they can give you an enviable glow.
Here, we’re sharing three ways to incorporate face oils in your skin-care routine and our favorite formulas from the drugstore. While they feel luxurious, these products are proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to find the perfect oil for you.
How to Use a Face Oil
STEP 1: Press It Into Your Skin After You Cleanse
A simple approach to applying face oils is to press the formula firmly into the skin. Typically, just two or three drops is enough to cover the face for a healthy dose of dewy hydration. Add a few more drops to your hands and extend the love to your neck and décolleté — that area is often neglected.
STEP 2: Mix It With Your Moisturize for Extra Hydration
If you don’t want to add another step to your skin-care routine, mix your oil of choice into your facial cream or lotion and massage onto your face as usual for an added boost of moisture and a subtle glow.
STEP 3: Mix It Into Your Makeup for a Dewy Finish
Want to step up your makeup game? Mix a few drops of face oil into your primer or liquid foundation. Doing so gives you a gorgeous, all-over skin glow. This trick is especially great for those with dry skin or for drying makeup formulas.
Our Favorite Drugstore Face Oils to Try
This hydrating facial oil not only gives you immediate glow, but it also serves as a daily sunscreen with SPF 30. It’s perfect for nourishing dry, cracked skin and our favorite part is that it doesn’t feel greasy after application.
Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir, $54.95 (MSRP)
This restoring formula contains oils rich in omega fatty acids to help nourish the skin with moisture. Not only does it leave the skin feeling intensely hydrated after use, but skin also appears transformed, smooth, supple and radiant. Plus, the non-greasy elixir dries with a non-sticky and non-shiny, satin finish. It can also be applied as a ten-minute mask to help plump skin with moisture.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil, $19.99 (MSRP)
All CeraVe products are formulated with ceramides to help your skin restore and protect its natural protective barrier. This non-comedogenic formula contains Ceraplex technology — a unique five-ceramide and sunflower blend — that also helps improve hydration and radiance.
Honest Beauty Facial Oil, $27.99 (MSRP)
This lightweight, organic facial oil is made with a blend of all-natural ingredients like olive, sunflower, apricot and jojoba oils to replenish moisture-depleted skin. For a dewy effect, dab a small drop onto the high points of your face like you would a highlighter.
NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Oil Primer, $14.00 (MSRP)
Use this rice and jojoba oil-infused formula as the last step in your skin-care routine to lock in moisture and prep your skin for makeup. It’ll give you a luminous and flawless finish that lasts all day.
Pixi Rose Oil Blend, $24.00 (MSRP)
This non-greasy oil contains nourishing and anti-aging ingredients like rose geranium, pomegranate seed and rosehip oils. The formula is fast-absorbing and leaves skin feeling softer and looking more radiant.