The 10 Best Face Oils for Dry and Flaky Skin


Fresh Beauty, Kiehl’s, Tata Harper

We’ve officially entered cold weather season, which means your skin needs some extra TLC. One of the best ways to combat dryness is adding a facial oil to your skincare arsenal. But don’t let the word “oil” scare you: Face oils are an excellent source of nutrients and moisture, even for people with acne-prone and oily skin.

“On a microscopic level, dry skin is characterized by its inability to hold moisture,” explains Dr. Kenneth Howe, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology. “Applied natural oils repair a disrupted skin barrier by forming a protective film on the skin surface. Face oils are a great way to moisturize dry facial skin. In many cultures around the world, plant-based oils are traditional skin care agents, valued for the smooth, healthy finish they impart to the skin.”

Ahead, 10 face oils that will transform your skin.

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Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil



“I like Juno Antioxidant and Superfood Face Oil,” Howe says. “It’s got potent antioxidant and anti-aging effects, in addition to skin barrier repair capability.”


SK-II Facial Treatment Oil

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“In addition to a nourishing oils complex (which includes jojoba, avocado and olive oils), this SK II product delivers a great deal of hydration (ie moisture or water) to the skin.” Howe says. “As an added bonus, it also contains their signature anti-aging agent, Pitera.”


Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehl’s Since 1851


Kiehl’s lightweight formula is packed with ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu oils, ideal for evening skin texture and boosting radiance.


Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil



Grape seed oil, the main ingredient in this Caudalie formula, contains “high levels of linoleic acid.” “[This acid] is so good at protecting the skin barrier,” Howe says.


Crème Ancienne Face Oil Elixir


If you can shell out the money, Fresh Beauty’s Crème Ancienne Face Oil Elixir is worth the luxurious splurge. The formula is made by hand in a monastery and contains meadowfoam seed, seabuckthorn, and black currant oils to improve fine lines and suppleness.


Pure Radiance Oil


A cult favorite, True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil uses a combination of kiwi extract and chia seed to help lock in moisture, while papaya and passion fruit seed extract work to purify. 


Beautifying Brightening Face Oil with Vitamin C

Tata Harper


Not only is Tata Harper’s signature green bottle packed with powerful antioxidants and Vitamin C, the packaging is certified green at Sephora, too.


Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil



Watch dull skin rise like a phoenix after using Herbivore’s glow-inducing facial oil. The formula contains fatty acids to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty free. 


Beauty Boosting Day Face Oil



Got redness? Cancel out spots with anti-inflammatory geranium extract. Vitamin-rich orange and neroli essential oils promote skin cell growth for fresh-faced radiance. 


Superfood Facial Oil


Elemis’ face oil takes its Superfood name literally, with plant-based ingredients like broccoli, flax seed, and daikon radish. The high concentration penetrates skin cells to deliver moisture directly. 

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