But any good face serum should have at least several top-tier oils that can benefit your skin cells. If you’ve never used a facial serum before or just don’t know what oils to look for, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the 10 best face serum oils to prioritize in your 2022 skincare routine. Let’s get started!
Argan oil is a top-tier choice for facial serums. Hailing from the Moroccan argan tree’s nuts, it acts as a phenomenally soothing moisturizer suitable for all skin types. That's partly because of argan oil's ingredient composition, including fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E.
As a result, argan oil provides your skin with soothing moisture and vital nutrients it can use to heal itself from daily wear and tear and restore the skin barrier after degradation. The antioxidant content certainly doesn’t hurt either, as this neutralizes free radical molecules and prevents them from wreaking havoc on your skin over time.
Coconut oil is sweet-smelling and edible, so it’s in various adult multivitamin gummies. But when used as part of a face serum, you may experience additional benefits such as moisturization and antibacterial or antifungal properties. These last two properties are seriously important for folks with acne-prone skin, as many acne outbreaks are caused due to bacterial buildup in skin pores.
Coconut oil also has vitamin E, so it's great for sealing moisture during winter months or in dry environments. Coconut oil is very soothing and smooth because it melts at room temperature, so any facial serum with coconut oil is likely to be buttery and easy to massage into your skin pores.
Marula oil comes from the African marula fruit’s nuts. As a versatile and lightweight oil, it comes with tons of fatty acids and has approximately 60% more antioxidants than competing oils. Naturally, this may provide a defense against skin irritations. If you have naturally rash-prone or irritated skin, marula oil could be a phenomenal ingredient to target in your search for the perfect face serum.
On top of that, marula oil comes with antimicrobial properties, similar to coconut oil. Because of this, it may also be a great choice for folks with acne-prone skin or those who have fungal issues in their skin's pores.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil is another powerful facial serum nourisher. It comes with vitamins C, D, and E, crucial fatty acids, and beta-carotene. All of these ingredients combined may help your skin see antiaging effects or reduce the appearance of wrinkles as you age.
As mentioned above, rosehip seed oil further comes with antioxidants, which provide benefits against free radicals. Ultimately, this vital nutrient may help rejuvenate your skin, help it feel more elastic even as it ages, and potentially reduce the appearance of age spots.
We can’t forget jojoba oil, perhaps one of the most common face serum and facial skincare product ingredients. Technically, jojoba oil isn’t an oil at all – instead, it’s a specialized botanical extract that comes from liquid wax esters.
Regardless, jojoba oil has a structure similar to our skin, allowing it to dissolve other oils when applied with other ingredients. Furthermore, jojoba can help balance out sebum production in your skin, minimizing the likelihood of sebum overproduction (which is one of the major causes of outbreaks).
Of course, jojoba oil also comes with other helpful ingredients and nutrients. It’s one of the best emollients overall, offering phenomenal moisturization properties and nutrients your skin can use to rebuild and repair itself over time.
Olive oil isn’t just a cooking ingredient: it’s also a great choice for face serums. This phenomenal ingredient has major vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Some studies even indicate that olive oil is a great moisturizer when applied with other ingredients.
However, olive oil is a relatively heavy ingredient compared to the other options on this list. Therefore, it may not be the most suitable choice if you have highly sensitive or rash-prone skin. But if you have dry skin, olive oil can work nicely to seal in extra moisture.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil is another popular facial skincare product overall, but it's also particularly potent in face serums. That's because it's chock-full of vitamin E, making it both a natural moisturizer and perfect for improving the health of your skin cells.
Furthermore, sunflower seed oil may be especially good for protecting infants’ skin. That’s because it defends the skin barrier admirably and doesn’t cause atopic dermatitis, which is an occasional side effect with olive oil.
As its name suggests, almond oil comes from raw pressed almonds. Because of its source, almond oil comes with many of the same nutrients and vitamins as regular almonds, including potassium, zinc, vitamin E, and specific key proteins.
When absorbed by your skin, you'll find that almond oil has a very light texture (especially compared to olive oil), so it feels good to rub into your pores.
However, be sure to avoid sweet almond oil if you have highly sensitive skin or are prone to skin allergic reactions. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use the dab test with almond oil before spreading it around all over.
Technically, shea butter isn’t an oil at all. That’s partly because most people use shea when it’s in its solid form. But as soon as it reaches body temperature, shea butter melts and becomes much oilier, allowing it to be absorbed by your skin cells quickly.
Shea butter is a great moisturizer and is even used in various hair products. When combined with coconut oil or olive oil, shea butter’s various nutrients can be imbued into your face’s skin cells, offering a smooth texture and a pleasing sensation as you rub your favorite face serum in.
Last but not least is grapeseed oil, which has plenty of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. This lightweight, versatile oil has many beneficial properties ranging from anti-inflammatory to antimicrobial to antioxidant properties.
That means it’s a good all-around facial serum ingredient, even if you have sensitive skin. Grapeseed oil doesn’t tend to cause any allergic reactions. While you should still use the dab test for any new face serum product, grape seed oil is unlikely to cause you to break out in a rash or see red skin.
Good news – these oils are great for almost everyone regardless of skin type. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to try any new face serum or skincare product with a “dab test” before applying it everywhere. That way, you can make sure your skin doesn’t react poorly to the oils contained in the serum before proceeding.
Once you’ve performed the dab test, feel free to use any of these oils in a face serum product, cleanser, moisturizer, or anywhere else you find them. Even better, these oils are clean, natural, and often harvested through sustainable practices.
Hope Health’s skincare line includes cruelty-free products made with healthful ingredients. The Nourish face serum combines vitamins C, B, and E with ferulic acid and hyaluronic acid to reveal brighter and firmer skin while also minimizing the appearance of fine lines.
Such sustainable practices are at the heart of how Hope Health creates each of our organic gummies and supplements, including our Immune + Organic Gummies. While these gummies can help reduce tension and improve your energy stores, we also offer a variety of other supplements that may lead to well-rounded health benefits down the road.