3 Face Oils That Give Me That Summer Glow All Year Round

Just because the weather’s changing doesn’t mean your skin has to.
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Just because the weather’s changing doesn’t mean your skin has to.

While I cherish the two to three weeks of cold weather we get each year in the South, I’m never willing to part with my summery glow. Said glow is obviously a byproduct of sweat and endorphins (from all my summertime frolicking, of course), but can be easily recreated with the help of some good face oils--and a healthy diet, obvi.

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Shout out to the dude who broke my hula girl’s arm and never apologized.

I’m a huge fan of face oils, especially in fall and winter when I’m facing less sun exposure (because I don’t leave my house) and can relax my sunscreen game just a bit. My skin isn’t prone to extreme dryness or oiliness, instead resting somewhere in the most boring part of the spectrum. With the help of lightweight but moisturizing oils, I can fake the “glow” you’ve seen on runways, Pac Sun models, and pregnant ladies.

bare face

Do I look glowy? I’m only wearing some MAC eyebrow products and tinted lip balm.

Let’s review some of my favorite face oils to help you keep that summer glow (not grease) all year round.

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil ($68)

estee lauder nutritious vitality essence oil

Do you get the “island” theme? Because we want to look glowy? Like we were just on vacation? Get it?

If you’re going to spend nearly $70 on a face oil, you want something that works. Trust me when I tell you--this stuff works. It goes on soft and silky and leaves skin feeling and looking, well, radiant.

estee lauder nutritious vitality essence oil


It comes with a dropper-style bottle, which is fun because it feels a bit like science, except fancier. Just three to four drops once a day will do the trick. Pomegranate gives it a faint, citrusy sweet scent that fades quickly. The oil is lightweight and fast-absorbing, which makes it ideal for applying before makeup.

Aura Cacia Organic Restoring Rosehip Oil ($12)

aura cacia restoring rosehip oil

Rosehip oil is well-known in the beauty world for its moisturizing and restorative properties, but I somehow only recently caught wind. I also just learned that rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, rather than the flowers themselves. The more you know!

This rosehip oil is a bit thicker than the other oils I use, so I apply a much smaller amount. Rather than a dropper, it comes in a bottle with a pump, which is sometimes a lot less messy but less ideal for travel.

aura cacia restoring rosehip oil

It comes out a bright orange color, but doesn’t turn your face orange, and it absorbs very quickly. Because it’s thicker, this is my favorite oil to use at night so that my skin can spend several hours taking it in.

aura cacia restoring rosehip oil

Oompa, loompa… This is the best-kept secret for true “I woke up like this” flawlessness.

Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil ($46)

boscia tsubaki beauty oil

If I had to choose a favorite, this would be it. Boscia’s oil is lightweight, colorless, and nearly odorless. Just a few drops gives my skin a noticeable pick-me-up, without shine or grease. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, if those are things you worry about.

Made with cold-pressed tsubaki oil (also known as camellia oil) and Wakame (also known as Japense sea kelp), this beauty oil is nourishing, gentle, and moisturizing. The first time I used it, I couldn’t stop looking at my face afterwards. It comes in a traditional dropper-style bottle, and I use only a few drops each morning.

boscia tsubaki beauty oil

Some Face Oil Tips & Tricks

· With face oil, you should never use more than a few drops. It is, after all, an oil, so don’t go overboard. All of these oils are extremely moisturizing. Less is more.

· For a bit of glow, as well as some coverage, I like to mix two or three drops of face oil with a BB or CC cream. Simply warm them up together in your hands before applying cream the way you normally would.

mixing clinique moisture surge cc cream with face oil

I’m still obsessed with Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour.

· If you don’t like the feeling of oil on your skin, mix a few drops of oil into your regular moisturizer. A creamy moisturizer will work better than a gel moisturizer for this.

How do y’all feel about face oils? What’s your favorite? Are we all tired of talking about “glowy” skin yet? I’m not!