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8 Sustainable Facial Oils & Why You Need Oil In Your Skincare Routine

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As the seasons change make sure your skin is protected with these sustainable and zero waste facial oils to Add to Your Skincare Routine 

The word ‘oil’ feels like it has a negative energy around it. It makes you think of oil spills, motor oil, high-calorie unhealthy food, and messes around the house that seem impossible to clean up. 

But oils are kind of amazing! They come from all different parts of plants and once in oil form it can have amazing benefits for your skin, hair, and body. 

Your skin naturally produces oil, but companies have preached that oils are bad and you need to strip them away. So you use harsh chemicals and products to do that and it either dries your skin out (so you have to go back and purchase more of their products) or it makes your skin MORE oily so you have to continue stripping your skin. 

The oils on your skin are there for a reason — when functioning correctly, they help your skin hold in water and moisture which keeps your skin hydrated — and youthful. 

The key is using the right oils with the right skin type in the right amounts (super easy, right?). If you're in doubt, check with a dermatologist for more info or try out a sample size on a small area of your skin before going for a full size bottle. 

To add a sustainable facial oil to your skincare routine, add it as your final step in your skincare routine. Since oils hold in water and moisture you want to apply your other creams and moisturizers first, then your oil to help seal them in and work their magic.

We rounded up our favorite zero waste and sustainable facial oils to get you started on the path to fully moisturized, hydrated, and vibrant skin.

Zero Waste Facial Oils

Plaine Products — Refillable Zero Waste Facial Oil

This is the ultimate zero waste facial oil! This silicone-free oil is full of antioxidants and fatty acids that come together to help your skin fight against the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and signs of aging. But its powers don’t stop there — it can also be used as hair oil, beard oil, on your neck and hands for extra hydration, or you can combine it with a moisturizer and make your own killer blend. Plaine Products ships in an aluminium container and you have the option to choose with or without the pump. When you’re getting close to the end of your product, order another and return your empty for it to be cleaned, repurposed, and reused!

Plaine Products refillable beauty oil in aluminium container with screw top lid.

Shop With or Without Pump on Zero Waste Store ($25)

Elate Cosmetics — Replenish Beauty Oil

Not just another eco-friendly beauty company, Elate Cosmetics is committed to giving your skin the best treatment possible while being as easy on the planet as possible. A winning combination! With everything you throw at your skin, it needs another level of protection and this zero waste face oil is ready to provide. Vitamin C paired with rosehip, calendula, and jojoba oils hydrate and balance skin tone across all skin types — including sensitive and oily skin. It can be used both morning and/or night and is a great first step to get your skin ready for the day before applying any makeup primer. Packaged in a glass jar with a glass dropper, both can be washed and reused or the bamboo on the lid can be crushed and composted and the rest can be recycled.

Replenish serum in bottle with dropper lid and bamboo rim

Shop on Zero Waste Store ($48)

Sustainable Facial Oils

These facial oils are safe, effective, and while not quite zero waste they’re working to help reduce their mark on our planet. 

Activist Skincare — Vegan Active Infusion Facial Oil

This facial oil works well against all skin types to moisturize and nourish skin. After patting this oil on your face the precious oils go to work helping to reduce redness, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation; fight against signs of aging; strengthen and hydrate skin; and balance oil production. Activist Skincare has created a vegan, low waste, 4 step sustainable skincare routine that is safe for all skin types! Products are sourced sustainably, packaged in glass containers, and offer refill pouches to limit waste. 

Activist Skincare facial oil refill being poured into a silicone funnel back into the glass bottle

Shop Bottle & Refill On Zero Waste Store ($57 Starting)

Sunday Standard — Restorative Night Oil

The Sunday Standard was created because your skin deserves to be treated to a Sunday skincare routine everyday. The Sunday Standard set out to create a sustainable skincare line that was safe, effective, and luxurious with a focus on blemish-prone skin. Their products help to soothe inflammation, reverse environmental damage, and bring tired skin back to life all while being a little more gentle on the planet. This eco-friendly face oil does the work while you dream to help fade acne scars, improve skin tone and texture, slow signs of aging, all while promoting cellular renewal which gives you fresh, glowing skin. Packaged in a glass bottle and dropper that can be recycled. 

he Sunday Standard 1.1 oz Rosehip and Sea Buckthorn Restorative Night Oil in glass bottle with dropper.

Shop Sample or Full Size on Zero Waste Store ($22 Starting)

Sunday Standard — Ultra-Clarifying Day Oil

Another sustainable facial oil from The Sunday Standard, the ultra-clarifying day oil takes your oily skin to glowy skin.The non-comedogenic oil and Omega-3 combination not only helps to heal current blemishes and reduce inflammation but it works hard to prevent future ones from happening. This fast-absorbing, non-greasy facial oil can be worn all day under makeup while providing the perfect amount of hydration to oily and breakout prone skin. A game changer for adult and cystic acne. Packaged in a glass bottle and dropper that can be recycled. 

Hand holding up the Sunday Standard Blue Tansy & GLA Ultra Clarifying Day Oil in 1.01 oz glass bottle with dropper.

Shop Sample or Full Size on Zero Waste Store ($20 Starting)

Fat & The Moon — Face Oil 

While probably not your most favorite thing, Fat & The Moon believes the oil on your face is your friend. And if your oil production is out of control, it just needs a little help! This sustainable facial oil works with the oils you already have to help balance your complexion. The nourishing blend of oils and fatty acids do all the work while staying lightweight on your skin. This facial oil will help repair and rebuild your skin by providing nourishing ingredients, moisturization, & reducing scars and inflammation. Packaged in a glass jar with a plastic dispenser, plastic-free screw top refills are available. 

1 oz face oil in amber bottle with plastic pump.

Shop on Zero Waste Store ($22 Starting)

Dewyer Skincare — Kukui Nut Face Oil

The mastermind behind Dewyer Skincare was a fellow acne sufferer. Trying to find the right base between water and aloe she found that it was oil that did the trick. But not just any oil, the right amount and the right oil were key to her skin troubles. All Dewyer Skincare is packed with the right kind of oils that hydrate, nourish, repair, but never make your skin MORE oily. The Kukui Oil can be used both day and night and just a few drops will help fight blemishes and unclog pores all while leaving your face grease-free. This sustainable face oil is perfect for hormonal, acne-prone, and combination skin. Packaged in a glass dropper that can be upcycled or recycled except for the dropper lid. 

Dewyer Kukui Nut Oil in glass bottle with dropper resting on top.

Shop on Zero Waste Store ($48)

Yellow Beauty Inc — Stay Gold Facial Elixir

Turmeric probably lives in your spice cabinet and you pull it out every now and then. But for thousands of years it's been revered for its skincare benefits. If you’ve done even a bit of research on acne remedies you’ll likely run across a few Turmeric solutions. That’s because Curcumin (which gives Turmeric it’s yellow color) reduces hyperpigmentation and acne scars, while it’s antibacterial properties help soothe inflammation from acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Throw in the fact that it’s a natural exfoliant and provides hydration, and you’ll wonder why we’re not all using only Turmeric! Yellow Beauty has harnessed the power of Turmeric in their sustainable facial oil to hydrate, soothe, nourish, and revitalize even the most tired skin. This oil can be used both day and night and in combination with your favorite moisturizer. Upcycle the bottle or recycle everything except for the dropper lid. 

Dewyer Kukui Nut Oil in glass bottle with dropper resting on top.

Shop on Zero Waste Store ($39)

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