The Best Oils for Your Face

Did you know you could use oils (including essential oils) on your face? Find the best natural oils to remove makeup, brighten your skin, and moisturize your face.

Oils You Can Use Alone (Carrier Oils)

You can use these to remove your makeup (just massage into dry skin and rinse or wipe away with a warm, wet washcloth) or you can remove your makeup with a traditional cleanser and then moisturize with the oil. If your skin is especially dry, you could even try doing both. 


This is one of the heavier oils, so it’s best for dry skin. If your skin is acne-prone, you probably won’t want to start with this one, either.


Argan is a lighter oil and good for most skin types. There are entire skin care lines that focus on its benefits. This one is more commonly used as a moisturizer or serum. If you use it as a serum, let it sink in for several minutes and then apply your night cream. This one doesn’t feel greasy and tends to absorb easily. Antioxidants in argan oil can also help reduce inflammation, so this could be a good option to try for a variety of skin conditions. It’s also a winner if you’re looking for something with anti-aging properties. The scent is usually fairly light and nutty, so unless you’re especially sensitive to scents, it probably won’t be a problem.


Jojoba oil is one of the lightest and great for oily skin. It’s actually similar to the skin’s sebum, which is part of the reason it works so well. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, so it may be worth a try if you’re suffering from skin conditions like acne or eczema. There’s almost no detectable scent at all.


This is another heavier oil that’s great for makeup removal. You can use it as a moisturizer, too, but some people may find it too heavy. You may already have this in your kitchen, so it’s worth giving the anti-aging benefits and hydrating squalene (a lipid that may help with inflammation) a try.


Avocado oil can soften and moisturize your skin, but it may also be helpful in fighting acne, eczema, and other skin issues.


Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rosehip oil is a carrier oil that’s great for dry, inflamed skin, or skin that just needs a little brightening and tightening. It can be helpful to those who suffer from rosacea and/or eczema.

 Essential Oils

When you use one of the oils that can be used alone as a moisturizer or serum, you can add a couple of drops of an essential oil to it for even more benefits. Be sure to check the appropriate dilution ratios and always do a test spot before applying an oil to your whole face.


Not only does this oil smell great, but it may help brighten the skin, balance moisture,  and reduce the appearance of imperfections.


Frankincense has been used to soothe the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and make skin look healthier overall. It can have a general calming effect on the mind and body.


Lavender is another oil that’s good for calming the skin and reducing the appearance of imperfections in the skin. The scent of it has a soothing effect on the mind, too, and you may find that you really enjoy using this as part of your nightly routine when it’s time to wind down for the evening.

 Tea Tree (AKA Melaleuca)

Tea tree (sometimes called melaleuca) is cleansing and can have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. You can even add a couple of drops to your shampoo or conditioner to improve the condition of your scalp.

 The Best Natural Oils for Your Face

Which ones are the best natural oils for your face? You’ll need to experiment to find out which ones work best for you. Be sure to always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil. Consult with the manufacturer’s website or printed information to determine the best ratio. Always look for pure, high-quality oils and research them before putting them on your skin.


Crystal is a freelance writer living in the Atlanta, GA, area. Visit her blog, where she talks about how to nourish your mind, body, and soul, at You can also find her on Instagram @thatoldkitchentable.

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