If you’ve read about what your skin care routine should look like, you’re probably wondering why face oil is mentioned. I will agree, it can be a scary predicament. But trust me when I tell you, including a facial oil in your regimen will do you more good than harm. And it works for all skin types. (YES, even oily skin. Yep, Acne prone skin too.)

Obviously, if you’re on Instagram, you’ve seen and heard of Farsali. They’re a cult favourite brand who started off with a bunch of face oils. And the hype surrounding them is actually real. And no, you don’t have to get Farsali to get your skin feeling good. You just need to be aware of what works well for your skin.

Here’s a quick breakdown on Face Oils, and why you must include them in your routines.


“The skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance, otherwise, it gets too dry which can cause breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using a facial oil helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage,” says celebrity facialist and founder of Ling Skin Care, Ling Chan.

Hydration is key when it comes to healthy skin, and only using moisturizer won’t help. Face Oils aid in locking in the hydration and prevent moisture loss.

Face Oils
Source: L’Oreal Paris

As explained previously, if you want youthful skin, you must invest in a facial oil. You don’t have to pick something off a Sephora shelf. Understanding your skin’s needs will help you in choosing a facial oil that works for you.

Face oils have the potential into your skin, allowing hydration to retain at a much deeper level. (Thanks to their size)



The key to targeting great skin using facial oils is knowing what works for you. Additionally, look for oils bottled in dark glass as exposure to light and heat will damage the oil. And lastly choose a facial oil where water is not the first ingredient.

Here are the ingredients that you should be on the lookout for, if you’re thinking of investing in an oil.

For Dry Skin –

For dry skin, a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and a facial oil in conjunction works really well. Marula, coconut and squalane oils work well with dry skin.

For Combination Skin –

Similar to dry skin, Marula oil works well with combination skin types too. Rosehip oil is another great option.

For Normal Skin –

I mean, if you have normal skin, you’re already #blessed. But inclusion of an oil won’t hurt anybody. Bet on lighter oils like squalane, marula and jojoba oils. You can test out the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for your skin.

For Acne Prone Skin –

Breakouts happen due to overactive oil glands. So, NOT hydrating isn’t the solution. In fact, it just makes everything much, much worse.

Avoid heavy oils if you’re prone to breakouts. Oils like tea tree aid in acne prone skin, since they contain anti-bacterial properties. Jojoba and squalane are good options too. You can also try out dry oils.

For Oily Skin –

Similar to acne prone skin, oily skin is also as a result of your skin being too dry. In conclusion, causing oil glands to secrete more to maintain balance. Argan, Rosehip, Squalane, Marula, Jojoba are good options for people with oily skin.

For Ageing Skin –

Oils packed with antioxidants will help protect it from free radicals, which cause premature aging. If you’re using other anti-aging ingredients like retinol (which tend to dry your face), using a facial oil will rebalance your skin’s hydration levels. Argan oil, Passion Fruit oil or African Marula oils are perfect for you.

Add in the facial oil as a last step in your routine. Massage in an upwards direction, and gently press oil into skin. You can also mix it in with your moisturiser if you’re in a hurry.

And there you have it. You can check out these oils from Nykaa Naturals, in case you want to DIY. However, keep in mind face oils aren’t a one-stop solution for your skin. But guaranteed, adding one to your regimen will seriously take your skin care game to another level. If you end up incorporating an oil, and witness your skin change, let us know!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go douse myself in skin care.