the best facial oils for dry skin

The one good thing about dry skin?

You can use pretty much any oil to fix it without worrying it will turn into a war zone.

But too much choice can be overwhelming. Do you go just with the cheapest option? Or pick the one that smells the best (please don’t do this – oils that smell good are usually irritating!)?

Leaving things to chance can work sometimes but not when it comes to your skin. You’ll wear the results on your face (literally!) so you want an oil that does wonders from the get-go.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are the three best facial oils for dry skin:

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1. Best For Dry, Mature Skin: Marula Oil

What it is: A thickish oil derived from the kernels of the fruits of Marula tree. It’s made up mostly of oleic acid, linoleic acid and antioxidants. The best part? It’s sustainable. Only the fallen fruits are used to make the oil.

Why it’s good for dry skin: Oleic and linoleic acid are super moisturising. They help skin retain moisture and keep it soft and supple. Add antioxidants to the mix and you’ve got a powerful anti aging moisturiser for dry skin.

What the science says: Oleic and linoleic acids strengthen the skin’s barrier and help retain moisture. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants that fight premature aging and has photoprotective properties that reduce UV damage.

Side effects: Marula oil is generally considered to be safe. But if you have super sensitive skin that reacts to everything, do a patch test first. Just in case.

Best picks:

Related: My Full Review Of Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Don’t know how to care for your dry skin? Download the “Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin” cheatsheet below. It features products recommendation + the right application order:

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2. Best For Dry, Acne-Prone Skin: Rosehip Oil

What it is: The oil extracted from the hip of a rose plant (usually rosa canina or rosa rubiginosa). The hip is the radish-like ball the flower leaves behind after it blossoms. Don’t confuse rosehip oil with rose oil. Rose oil is extracted from the petals.

Why it’s good for dry skin: Rosehip oil is loaded with linoleic acid, a powerful moisturiser that nourishes even the driest of skin and makes it soft and smooth again. It also has its fair share of Vitamin A, an antioxidant that fights free radicals, boosts collagen and treats acne.

What science says: Studies show that ropsehip oil increases moisture in the skin, boosts collagen and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Linoleic acid also helps reduce mini pimples and the size of clogged pores on your face.

Side effects: Rosehip oil is generally considered to be safe.

Best picks:

Related: Why Rosehip Oil Is My Go-To To Fix Any Skincare Woe

dr jackson's coconut melt review

3. Best For Sensitive, Dry Skin Not Prone To Breakouts: Coconut Oil

What it is: Coconut oil is an oil derived from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts. It’s high in saturated fats, like lauric, myristic and palmitic.

Why it’s good for dry skin: Virgin coconut oil (don’t even think of using any other type) is loaded with fatty acids that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and antioxidants that fight premature wrinkles.

What science says: Coconut oil is gentle enough to treat the driest and most delicate of skins. It helps soothe irritations, treat contact dermatitis and is safe for newborn babies.

Side effects: Coconut oil can clog pores. If you’re prone to breakouts, don’t use it. I recommend you use coconut oil only when your skin is particularly sensitive/irritated and switch to another oil as soon as it has fully recovered. Oh, and don’t use it as sunscreen! I don’t care what you read on natural beauty blogs, coconut oil is NOT a sunscreen. I repeat, coconut oil is NOT a sunscreen.

Best picks:

  • Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt (£12.00): Available at SpaceNK

Related: Can You Use Coconut Oil As Sunscreen?