3 good oils for your face

January 9, 2014• 16 Comments

You probably think the words oil, good, and face shouldn’t belong in the same sentence. But with the right type of oil, not only can it be good for your face, it can make your skin absolutely glow.

3 good oils for your face

Facial Oils

This isn’t just for people with dry skin, even those with combination or oily skin can benefit from facial oils. As a matter of fact, when your skin is stripped of oil, it will produce its own oil (sebum), which in excess causes acne and blackheads.

However, oils like argan, coconut, and jojoba help hydrate and retain the moisture on your skin while providing additional benefits. I’ve been using the Josie Maran Argan Oil myself, and my skin feels softer when I wake up the next morning. Despite my combination skin, the facial oil didn’t make my t-zone oilier, it simply gave my skin a nice glow.

One catch: facial oils are expensive. Though a little bit goes a long way with these oils, you also pay a lot for a little. L’oreal recently released a facial oil as well, and though it’s expensive for drugstore prices, it’s still cheaper than the high end brands, and it’s highly raved.

Cleansing Oils

I’ll admit, the idea of using oil to cleanse my skin was not appealing at first. It just didn’t make sense! But there’s a reason why a lot of makeup removers are oil-based: oil removes oil. Once I got over my bias and started using cleansing oils, it changed the way I washed my face forever.

Unlike most cleansers which strip  skin of its oil and leaves it feeling dry and tight, my skin felt soft after using the oil. The oil cleaned my skin just as well, and bonus points for the makeup removal guarantee!

Cleansing oils have been big in Asia for a while and the trend recently made its way to the US. I currently use Pond’s cleansing oil, but I’ve also tried DHC’s which is fantastic though expensive. For a cheaper and more convenient alternative, check out Garnier’s Cleaning Oil in your local drugstore.

Oil Supplements

There is some truth to the statement: beauty comes from within. Though most vitamin/supplements actually don’t do much for your body, fish oil/omega 3 is one of the few with proven benefits. One of those benefits: better skin and hair. WebMD has a great article on this if you’re interested in the details.

Have you tried any of the 3 oils before? If yes, I’d love to hear your experience and what products you recommend!

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  1. I’ve had quite a bad experience with cleansing oils because it just left my skin feeling so greasy even after washing the oil off. I’m going to give the Josie Maran Argan oil another try (I’ve been too hesitant to try it since I’m not a big fan of face oils!) seeing your positive review on it :)

    1. Jenny says:

      Oh no, sorry to hear that! Do you recall which brand of cleansing oil you tried? I’ll make a mental note not to buy that in the future ;)
      Sephora recently had a gift with purchase that included 12 different facial/cleansing oil samples! Not sure if it’s still available, but it’s a good way to try out different oils!

  2. Emily says:

    I’ve never tried using any kind of oils before. Whenever I think of coconut oil I think of using it for hair – I’ve never thought about it for facial use. I’ve been looking into new facial cleansers, and I might try one of the ones you suggested. Thanks!

    1. Jenny says:

      It’s kinda crazy how we’ve been using oil to nourish our hair, yet we never really thought of doing the same god our face :P I used to use coconut oil for my hair too (until it got too damaged for even that), and it smelled so good :)

  3. Tiff says:

    Definitely needed this! My face, well just my mouth area, has been so dry lately due to the season. I can’t stop peeling my lips & I’m thinking that the solution to this is one moisturizing oil.

    A few beauty tips to save some money:
    -baby oil for make-up remover
    -lotion as make-up remover
    -making your own facial oils

    I think taking a walk down the DIY facial oil path will be quite interesting. Could probably compare & contrast the brand to the homemade stuff to see whether or not there’s a huge difference.

    1. Jenny says:

      Making your own facial oil is a great idea, and I’m sure it can save a lot of $$$ in the long run. Have you come across any good recipes/formulas?

  4. Melissa says:

    I never tried them before but you do make me want to. Though I ask my sister-in-law what I can use for my skin, since she’s an expert in it. (though sometimes I experiment on other products, haha) I even buy my facial products at her job, yet I don’t know if she has that kind of oil. Might need to ask her next time! :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jenny says:

      Facial oil seems to be a relatively new trend, so the number of brands that have them are limited. I’m hoping that as it becomes more popular we’ll have more variety and less expensive versions!

  5. Jessica says:

    I’ve debated taken a fish oil supplement, as it’s supposed to help with dry skin. :) However, I haven’t done it yet…I chose to start taking Biotin to help with hair growth. I will definitely check some of the products out, however.

    1. Jenny says:

      I also take biotin for hair, though I haven’t noticed much difference. I used to take fish oil, and I’m definitely going back to it again now!

  6. Cat says:

    This is interesting! I didn’t think of using cleansing oils because my skin can get pretty oily at times. My face wash does leave my skin feeling dry afterwards like you said though. I’m surprised at the high price on them, but I’m willing to give them a try :) Thanks for the recommends! I’m going to look into them.

    1. Jenny says:

      The high price makes me cringe as well, but when you look at the cost per use, it’s probably around the same as a night cream from the same brand. Cleansing oils aren’t as expensive, and I’d definitely give them a try if you find your face wash too drying.

  7. Shar says:

    I’m still struggling with what kind of oil I can put on my face since my skin is so sensitive and I finally just got over my horrible acne a few months ago. I want to try so many different things and experiment but I’m too scared my acne will start again and I can’t risk it with my wedding happening this year. I just try to take different vitamins. The only thing so far that is keeping my skin decent is Vitamin A! I found one Vitamin A oil that I can put on but I don’t want to use too much of it because I’m scared that too much of one thing can be bad too LOL

  8. Liv says:

    I have definitely thought just the words oil and face should be banned from the same sentence. XD I actually tried to look for the Garnier cleaning oil you mentioned but I found one that says for normal skin. That shouldn’t be the one you mentioned should it?

    Maybe this is why Asians have better skin. Fight oil with oil.

    1. Jenny says:

      I personally haven’t seen the Garnier cleaning oil in stores yet, but I believe they only came out with one, so that should be it.

  9. Alice says:

    I used to think I needed a night cream, like most people…like my mother too. but then I woke up the next day with super oily face so I stopped and thought maybe I don’t need night cream at all to give moisture during sleeping…ya know? without night cream, I woke up with already an oily face so I thought night creams kind of worsened it?

    I’m wondering if facial oil will also do that kind of impact for my face? Hm… I’m just so disgusted by my oily face hahaha oily equals to disgusting for me :P

    The first make up cleanser I used was milk-based and it’s from H2O. I’m not sure if it’s my fault or anything but i kind of think oil based cleanser lifts my foundation etc easier than the milk/creamy-based? Oil based cleansers tend to be more expensive too, is it not? or is it just shu uemura’s -___-?? I’m really stingy for my cleanser and i’m looking for an alternative after i’m done with Shu’s ugh… >___< it's breaking the wallet TT-TT
    maybe I'll try Pond's or Garnier's one after my current one's finished.

    have you ever used face ampoule, by the way? i wonder if it works like facial oil too..?

    omega-3 <3 hm well i've been taking it for the sake of not wanting cholesterol from eating and i was told that it might help weight loss? probably for the bad cholesterol part only… just recently i knew it affects the skin and hair too. i rely on vitamin e supplement for skin too and i think it works nicely

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