Once the best-kept secret of French women, makeup artists, and star aestheticians, face oils now hold sway over, well, everyone. It’s easy to see why: Blended with brilliantly calibrated essences—everything from ultra-calming evening primrose to antioxidant-rich grapeseed—they mimic the skin’s natural lipid structure to absorb easily and perform multiple feats, from dissolving makeup to brightening the complexion.
Yet, as the latest luxe offerings prove, the phenomenon has moved well beyond the face. Hourglass’s No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil plumps and hydrates with 28 essentials (bois de rose, eucalyptus, and lavender extracts among them) along with high-tech volumizing spheres and wrinkle-reducing molecules, while Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolute Body oil spray is spiked with a camellia, sesame, and almond blend to render you soft and glowing (and smelling fantastic) from head to toe. Editorial manicurist Bernadette Thompson’s replenishing cuticle oil definitively answers the question of how to prevent dry, cracked nails during the crisp, autumn days ahead. Here, the most promising, and super-restorative formulas to keep you looking healthy and radiant all season long.
Malin + Goetz facial cleansing oil
Destined to be a new classic in your cleansing routine, this medley of 1 percent grapeseed oil, along with avocado and olive oils, gently removes impurities and traces of makeup without stripping your skin of the natural moisture it needs.
Sisley Black Rose Precious face oil
This anti-aging powerhouse is infused with softening black rose extract, omega-3-rich seed oil, and active plant compounds to fend off wrinkles, repair oxidative damage, and replenish low moisture reserves in the skin tissues.
Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative facial oil
Legendary makeup artist Sonia Kashuk bottled the secret to supernaturally healthy skin: Her multitasking blend of oils (bergamot, black currant seed, evening primrose) immediately soothes and hydrates while stabilized retinol and flower extracts firm and tone over time.
Olay Regenerist Luminous facial oil
Ideal for those with eczema or acne, this super gentle facial treatment combines nine essential oils in one balancing fluid, which is meant to be layered over (not under) your moisturizer or simply patted on anytime for a subtle sheen.
Hourglass No. 28 lip treatment oil
Made from the same cult blend of 28 essential oils and vitamins as the Hourglass’s No. 28 face serum, this targeted lip oil also contains active ingredients to plump delicate skin and a 24 karat gold-plated (antibacterial) applicator tip.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Body Nourishing dry oil for skin
Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue for the body performs numerous feats from boosting elasticity to calming inflammation to regenerating skin cells. Smoothing a bit on the ends of hair also covers split ends in a pinch.
Bernadette Thompson cuticle oil
While working on clients from Beyoncé and Madonna to Gisele on set, New York–based editorial manicurist Bernadette Thompson often whips out her self-titled conditioning oil—comprised of argan, cottonseed, sweet almond, and avocado—to soften rough cuticles and make feet instantly evening sandal-ready.