Ask any esthetician, and they’ll tell you that a face oil is a must-have player in your skincare game. Many of the best ones contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients that tackle every skincare grievance there is — think aging, acne, and environmental damages. While these powerhouse hitters pack quite the skin-saving punch, they don’t have to crush your bank account. The best budget-friendly face oils can cost you under $10.
But it's important to choose the right oil for you skin type. “Some oils offer direct benefits to the skin themselves, while other oil-based products deliver traditional active ingredients to the skin; but just like other skincare products, there are oils on the market to suit every skin need," Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at Zeichner Dermatology in New York City, told The Zoe Report last year.
Below, you'll find which ingredients to look out for when choosing a face oil — from Argan oil, which helps fight skin discoloration, to coconut oil, which combats dry winter skin. Both your skin and wallet will be happy.
Affordable Face Oil: Milani Prep & Soothe Camellia Face Oil
Instead of a primer, try patting on this vitamin C, sunflower, and camellia oil blend for a smooth, bright base.
Affordable Face Oil: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil - Face
Vitamin E, a hero ingredient in this oil, is a lifesaver for those who suffer from scarring.
Affordable Face Oil: SheaMoisture Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil
If your face is feeling seriously parched, SheaMoisture Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil is for you. It contains 100% organic virgin coconut oil to provide long-lasting hydration, improve the skin's elasticity and can also be used to treat stretch marks and rough cuticles.
Affordable Face Oil: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Apply this buttery-smooth rosehip oil to see spots disappear. The ingredient works to fade fine lines and breakdown existing hyperpigmentation.
Affordable Face Oil: Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil
While we patiently wait a magical way to shrink the size of our pores in a matter of hours, we must rely on products like this newly-launched retinol oil to perfect our complexions. This overnight treatment contains retinol for resurfacing and peptides for firming.
Affordable Face Oil: Lumene Valo Vitamin C Arctic Berry Cocktail Brightening Hydra-Oil
There's nothing we love more than a multitasking product that totally transforms our dull skin into a flawless masterpiece. Enter Lumene Arctic Berry Cocktail. This antioxidant-rich formula uses arctic cloudberries, omega fatty acids, and vitamins C and E to revitalize and brighten dehydrated skin.
Affordable Face Oil: Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil
When we want to erase yesterday's wine night, we reach for this luxuriously lightweight oil from Burt’s Bees. It's infused with rosehip, jojoba, and evening primrose oils to instantly perk up our tired, lackluster skin.
Affordable Face Oil: Physicians Formula Vitamin C Facial Oil Stick SPF 30
If your complexion looks dull, just swipe this vitamin C stick on wet skin for an instant filter-like effect. Bonus: the mess-free stick is perfect for travel.
Affordable Face Oil: Acure Brightening Glowing Serum
Yes, this is technically a serum — but the vegan formula uses anti-inflammatory borage oil to calm acne-prone skin while Argan, cranberry, and pumpkin seed oils protect against environmental damages and discoloration.
Affordable Face Oil: Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot
We live for superfoods especially when they are in our skincare products. Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot shields our skin from toxic pollutants and infuses it with a cocktail of nutrient-rich vitamins (B5, C, and E) to leave the skin protected and healthy.
This article includes reporting from Jessica L. Yarbrough.