11 Affordable, High-Quality Face Oils That'll Leave Your Skin Silky & Hydrated
A common misconception in the beauty space is that the higher the quality, the steeper the price point. Not true! Enter: face oils. These have minimal, yet potent, ingredients (just oil, with the occasional antioxidant chucked into the mix) that leave your face feeling silky and hydrated.
Better yet, they’re a sound investment—since organic, clean options don’t contain any preservatives (no water means no bacterial breeding ground), they should last you a while. Plus, a little goes a long way: Simply warm up a few drops in your hands after cleansing and press them into damp skin to lock in all those powerful fatty acids.
We tracked down some of the most high-quality face oils on the market right now. Below, 11 options to add to cart.
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
This number boasts 100% pure, organic, and cold-pressed rosehip seed oil, which has a slew of skin-healthy benefits. Specifically, it naturally contains trace amounts of tretinoin and linoleic acid, which promote cell turnover and repair skin tissue.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, The Ordinary ($9.80)
Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil
We love a good argan oil around here: In addition to sealing in moisture on the skin, it’s full of fatty acids and vitamin E that make it rather anti-inflammatory on the skin1. Best part? It’s noncomedogenic, so it's superb for acne-prone skin. Kahina’s agran oil is of the highest quality, sourced directly from artisans in Morocco, and it’s of course organic and cold-pressed.
Argan Oil, Kahina Giving Beauty ($15)
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil
A facial oil with squalane is a match made in heaven: In fact, it’s like feeding your skin with what it already loves. Squalane makes up 13% of your skin’s sebum2 already, so you know it won’t clog pores, and it'll give you a healthy, dewy glow.
Squalane Facial Oil, Indie Lee ($34)
Honest Beauty Organic Beauty Facial Oil
This number contains a cocktail of moisturizing oils to save thirsty skin: namely, avocado, apricot, perilla seed oil, chia seed, and jojoba. It also features some essential oils (rose, ylang-ylang and clove) for a spa-grade scent.
Organic Beauty Facial Oil, Honest Beauty ($27.99)
Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil
The stars of this oil blend are rosehip, jojoba, and evening primrose, all of which are fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich for the skin. The formula itself is also super lightweight, so you won’t feel greasy after pressing it in.
Complete Nourishment Facial Oil, Burt's Bees ($19.99)
The INKEY List Squalane Oil
Another 100% squalane option that your skin will drink up. The fast-absorbing oil will leave your face velvety-smooth—never greasy—as soon as you massage it into your face and neck.
Squalane Oil, The INKEY List ($11.99)
SheaMoisture Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil
For those who fare well with some coconut oil on the face (read: probably not best for acneic skin), this 100% virgin coconut oil treatment is nothing short of sublime. Especially if you have rough, dry skin, a few drops of this oil will have your skin feeling hydrated and smooth come the a.m. Plus, there’s that naturally sweet coconut scent.
Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil, SheaMoisture ($8.99)
Botanics Organic Facial Oil
A few players here: 100% organic sweet almond oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil provide moisture and antioxidants, with a smattering of essential oils to lend a slightly citrus scent. Massage it in post-cleansing, or you can even use it on your hair to lock in hydration and shine.
Organic Facial Oil, Botanics ($14.99)
cocokind Chia Facial Oil
You might not hear a ton about chia seed oil, but rest assured these omega 3-rich seeds make for quite the soothing, hydrating experience. It’s also super, super, light—so if you’re new to oils (and perhaps nervous about feeling too “oily”), this is a great starter product to get you hooked.
Chia Facial Oil, cocokind ($15.99)
nyakio Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil
The workhorse in this formula is the every-moisturizing marula oil, which has amino acids to feed the skin barrier and even help spur healthy collagen production. The only caveat to note is that marula oil is comedogenic, so perhaps start slow if you have acne-prone skin. The neroli essential oil also makes an appearance for some light fragrance—a little citrus-y, a tad floral.
Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil, nyakio ($40)
BYBI Beauty 1% Bakuchiol in Olive Squalane Oil Booster
Your favorite squalane oil, with a healthy aging twist. The bakuchiol comes buffered with the skin-healthy oil, so it's potent enough to improve skin elasticity and reduce photo-aging and hyperpigmentation, yet still gentle enough on sensitive skin. Feel free to pat the formula into your skin after cleansing, or mix it into your moisturizer for a boost in actives—it’s called a “booster” for a reason.
1% Bakuchiol in Olive Squalane Oil Booster, BYBI Beauty ($17)
Jamie Schneider is the Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare. In her role at mbg, she reports on everything from the top beauty industry trends, to the gut-skin connection and the microbiome, to the latest expert makeup hacks. She currently lives in New York City.