Even if you’re not the kind of person who likes to walk around looking like an oil slick landed on their face, there’s no denying that face oils—more specifically, the best anti-aging face oils—are having a major moment. Now that the early-90s fear of oil is a thing of the past, nearly every beauty brand has one on its roster, and they don’t just keep your skin hydrated and moisturized! These days, oils are chock-full of skin-healthy ingredients that can help with all manner of ailments—acne, fine lines, dark spots, and more. So we decided to get the scoop on the best anti-aging face oils around from an expert.
Whether you’re in the market for an anti-aging face oil that is made with plant-based, natural ingredients or you want to really go hard with powerful active ingredients, there’s a face oil for you. We tapped Dr. Loretta, a dermatologist who has taken her experiences with thousands of patients and created her own anti-aging skincare brand.
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She quickly pointed out that face oils can in fact be as effective as creams for anti-aging purposes, even though “typically a face oil will not combine as many active beneficial ingredients as a face cream or other type of serum.”
She went on to state that, “face oils are a favorite for many people to use as one step of a multi-step skincare regimen. Some face oils combine beneficial active ingredients, including vitamin E, lipids, linoleic and linolenic acids (also called vitamin F.) All of these will help with barrier repair and are a great anti-aging addition to any regimen.”
The Best Anti-Aging Face Oils, According to an Expert
Dr. Loretta Concentrated Firming Serum
Enjoy a plethora of anti-aging benefits with this lipid-based serum with 0.5% retinol. It supports collagen, protects skin from free radical damage, and exfoliates dead skin cells. The lipids keep skin hydrated, which in turn firm up the skin and minimizes dryness and redness.
True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil
This oil is what I (and January Jones) consider to be the holy grail of anti-aging face oils. It’s definitely an investment, but worth every penny. This bestselling oil is chock full of nutrients and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and increase hydration levels. Its subtle jasmine scent gives it an ultra-luxurious feel—I can’t live without it.
Ayond Amber Elix Facial Oil
Get that golden hour glow with this nourishing, fast-absorbing oil. It’s infused with plant-derived retinol, rare botanical oils, and fossilized amber extract—an antioxidant-rich gem known for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties. It instantly brightens the skin and tackles hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and UV damage.
Agustinus Bader The Face Oil
If you’re looking to invest in a celebrity-fave face oil, then this is it. This silky oil is insanely hydrating and helps to retain moisture throughout the day without making you feel like a greasy slab of bacon. A deeply nourishing combination of oils work together to minimize fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation, and boost cell turnover without clogging pores or irritating your skin.
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Rosehip Anti-Aging Face Oil
While all skin types can enjoy this gorgeous oil, it was specially made for those with dry or mature skin whose main concerns are anti-aging, dryness, and dullness. The oils sink in deeply and quickly to moisturize and nourish skin, giving it a bright, radiant glow.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Not quite ready to get prescription retinol from your dermatologist but looking to kick your routine up a notch? Then check out this gentle retinoid night oil. It’s balanced with blue tansy to keep skin calm and hydrated while the retinoids work to improve the look of wrinkles, redness, and pores. Use alone or in combo with Good Genes to wake up with supermodel skin.
This post was originally published on May 30, 2021, and has since been updated.
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