Because dry skin naturally produces less oil, it’s on us to restore that nourishment with skincare products. While everyone is on their own skin journey—and it’s always worth meeting with a derm to develop a routine—face oils are a powerful ally in maintaining a moisturized complexion.
Not only do oils help replenish and restore the moisture barrier, but many also come with added benefits. “Some oils have therapeutic properties,” explains Dr. Macrene Alexiades, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, who recommends seeking out oils that deliver unique benefits. One such ingredient is coconut oil, which “maintains the skin barrier and can reset the microbiome, [controlling] both bacteria and yeast populations on the skin surface,” she says.
Dr. Alexiades is also a fan of marula oil due to its high antioxidant content and antimicrobial properties, which makes it less likely to cause breakouts. “Another one of my favorite oils in skincare is jojoba oil,” she adds. She notes the oil is excellent at mimicking sebum, your skin’s natural oils. “Therefore, it can help reduce and regulate your own sebum production while fortifying the skin barrier.”
Regardless of which oil (or mix of oils) you choose, you must apply face oils a certain way to max out their moisturization. “The key to proper use of oil is to apply three to five drops to the skin surface using your clean fingertips and pat across the skin,” advises Dr. Alexiades. She notes you can also press the oil lightly into your skin to speed up its absorption. Be sure to use it as the last step of your routine. Above all, do not smear it all over your face. “This increases the risk of breakouts,” warns Dr. Alexiades.
Now that you’re armed with all the knowledge you need for successful shopping and application, keep reading to discover the best face oils for dry skin.