Face oils are one of those tricky skin care categories that often gets a bad rap. Though ladies with dry complexions have long known the benefits, those on the oilier side of the spectrum are usually hesitant to try it out. The truth is, just about every skin type can take advantage of an oil's nourishing properties. A face oil penetrates the skin at a deeper level than a cream or gel, meaning you get more hydration than you would with a traditional moisturizer, and they can help the products you layer on top to be more effective.
For oily complexions, a few drops could be all you need to balance the shine-inducing elements in your skin---the addition of more oil actually counteracts the production of sebum. Many of the new formulas are lightweight and absorb quickly, allowing you to wear a layer under your makeup. But if you don't want a dewy finish during the day, we recommend applying one at night, like Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105; sephora.com).
To find your perfect formula, start by determining the issues you want to address. Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose oil ($62; nordstrom.com) is a good one-size-fits-all option, while Estelle & Thild's BioDefense Multi-Nutrient version ($68; net-a-porter.com) is great for especially-dry types, or skin that is showing signs of aging. Immediately after cleansing and toning, we recommend working one or two drops into your complexion, then wait a few minutes to let it absorb completely. You can layer the rest of your usual regime on afterwards. Alternatively, you couple mix few drops of oil in with your favorite moisturizer to give your skin extra love. As an added plus, the oil can make any aggressive anti-aging ingredients less harsh, without reducing their efficacy. Whoever started calling oil "liquid gold" was definitely on to something.