Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 22, 2023

It’s officially summer, which means days spent lounging in the sun, enjoying a good book or taking a trip with loved ones. But the warmer temperatures also bring with it unique skincare challenges. For some, oiliness and breakouts become more common as the weather heats up and becomes more humid. For others, sun damage can lead to dry, flaky and irritated skin.

Especially if we experience summer oiliness, we may feel tempted to ditch the moisturizer altogether. If your skin feels oily and moist, there’s no need to add more hydration, right? Actually, the opposite is true—as dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Ariel Ostad told Allure, “Moisturizers reestablish the stratum corneum, your outermost layer of the skin, which protects from harmful pollutants and chemicals and prevents further irritation or dryness.” If we don’t apply moisturizer, we risk drying out or damaging our skin.

However, make sure you don’t use the same heavy-duty moisturizer you’ve been using throughout winter, as doing so can lead to irritation and breakouts. The perfect moisturizing routine for summer is lightweight, nourishing and hydrating. One great way to achieve glowing, dewy skin with a lightweight, yet nourished feel is by incorporating essential oils into your rotation. When added at the end of your moisturizing routine, they target imperfections and provide the skin with the essential nutrients it needs to shine—without leaving behind excess residue or stickiness. 

Here are 5 lightweight, rejuvenating face oils that will help you achieve bright, radiant and dewy skin this summer.


For Firm, Even Skin: Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is a luxurious, aromatic oil renowned for its anti-aging capacities. Carefully extracted from the fruit and seeds of rose plants, rosehip oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that allow it to boost hydration, reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and combat age spots—all of which contribute to a youthful, radiant complexion. Rosehip oil also makes a natural mood and confidence booster, as it surrounds the wearer in a sweet, romantic, floral aroma. 

Our brightening, hydrating UMA Flawlessly Firming Neck Chest & Décolletage Serum incorporates the youth-bringing powers of rosehip alongside other lightweight, yet nourishing oils like jasmine and neroli to provide targeted nourishment and hydration to our often-underserved décolletage area. It absorbs instantly and distributes moisture evenly, leaving the skin with a noticeable glow.


For Wrinkle-free Skin: Geranium Oil

Full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, geranium has long been used in Ayurvedic tradition as an anti-aging salve. It brings natural tightness and elasticity to the skin, thereby combating wrinkles and fine lines. Its anti-inflammatory properties also enable it to soothe irritation and acne, ultimately leading to a bright, smooth and even complexion.

Especially for those looking to prevent or reduce signs of aging, our UMA Absolute Anti Aging Face Oil utilizes geranium to provide essential nutrients to the skin, without leaving behind residue or heaviness.


For Clear, Acne-free Skin: Lavender Oil

You could probably recognize lavender by its sweet, earthy and floral aroma. But more than a calming scent, lavender’s antiseptic properties also provide healing and soothing benefits to the skin, combating acne and irritation, healing sunburns and wounds and regulating sebum production. 

We incorporate lavender’s healing, antiseptic qualities into products like our UMA Deeply Clarifying Face Oil and UMA Deeply Clarifying Blemish Spot Treatment, both of which target acne, inflammation and other imperfections to promote clear, bright and even skin. 


For Bright, Toned Skin: Grapefruit Oil

Harnessing the powerful antimicrobial and clarifying properties of grapefruit, grapefruit oil is extracted from the rinds to offer an extremely uplifting, clarifying wellness experience. Lightweight grapefruit oil naturally promotes circulation while providing the skin with essential nutrients—all without stickiness or heaviness. The result is skin that is radiant, even and toned.

To capture the circulation- and brightness-boosting effects of grapefruit oil, we’ve incorporated it into our Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil, which instantly hydrates, rejuvenates and brightens dry or aging skin. 


For Glowing Skin: Neroli Oil

Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, the high Vitamin-C and antioxidant content of neroli enables it to provide powerful, wide-reaching benefits. Thanks to these properties (though essential oils don’t contain Vitamins directly, neroli oil helps boost the absorption of Vitamin C from other sources), neroli oil is revered for its ability to boost luminosity and radiance, promote the natural regeneration of skin, combat wrinkles and increase elasticity and evenness. In addition, its antiseptic properties enable it to combat breakouts and blemishes. 

We adore the versatile benefits and uses of neroli oil so much that we use it in several of our products, including our UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Oil, which provides instant lightweight radiance—the perfect complement for a sunny summer day.