For far too long face moisturisers and serums have hogged the crown as skin’s best hydrator. But today, we’re here to make a case for face oils.
There’s just nothing like slathering on a nourishing formula that sinks in seamlessly, leaving behind a plump, fresh face that couldn’t be further from the deflated pillow it was only minutes before. Why use a facial oil, you ask? This. This is why.
However, that’s not to say all face oils are welcomed warmly by all skin types. Whether you’re dry, oily, sensitive or blemish-prone, there is an oil for you, it’s just about finding the right one.
And then, once you do, it’ll become much more than a simple hydrator. It’ll become your best skin all-rounder, your Gua sha tool’s best friend and the key to a glowing visage.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Night Time Oil
For those looking for more from their retinol, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Night Time Oil is the perfect solution. A revolutionary night time oil, the product introduces a new kind of retinol—a natural iteration made from Caviar. A unique blend of caviar-derived retinol and caviar lipids, the ingredient harnesses the line-smoothing potential of caviar science, beyond lifting and firming. Both generous and silky—a couple drops are more than enough—the product’s formula soothes and cushions skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, firming skin and sealing in moisture, all while you sleep.
$780 at La Prairie
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Dry and combination skin types, allow us to introduce the new love of your life. Prepare to be plumped and soothed from first contact as hero ingredient squalane provides moisture, while vitamin C brings a bucket full of radiance. If you thought oils were only for night time, a pre-makeup massage with this will leave you changed forever.
$112 at Sephora
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil
Ideal for those who don’t like the idea of oil at all (mark our word you’ll be converted), this lightweight formula lets you reap the nourishing benefits without even feeling it. Unlike other oils, this one should be applied before your moisturiser due to its watery texture. But even though it feels invisible, the evening out of skin tone and softening of lines is something you will notice.
$206 at Sephora
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
In a twisted turn of events, marula oil is both great for oily and acne-prone skin, as well as dry and mature skin types. It’s rich in antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, to seriously hydrate and replenish the skin, but it’s also a natural anti-microbial, so it’s able to benefit congested skin too without clogging pores.
$115 at MECCA
Ipsum Best Skin Nourishing Face Oil
Those with combination skin types, who typically experience an oily t-zone only, will benefit hugely from a balancing face oil like this one. Featuring a blend of pure and organic plant oils rich in antioxidants, it not only feels instantly comforting and moisturising, but we’ve personally experienced newfound levels of glow after only a few days of consistent use.
$48 at ipsumskin.com
Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Blemished skin and facial oil? You better believe it’s a good idea. Combining clear skin superstar salicylic acid with clarifying plant oils, UFO helps to diminish current breakouts, while preventing new ones. Even inflamed spots will be calmed, soothed and comforted.
$128 at MECCA
Pai Rosehip Oil
All rosehip oils boast incredible hydrating, youth-regenerating and pigmentation-clearing benefits, but there’s a reason this one is a cult favourite. It’s extracted through natural CO2 processes to help ensure an unusually stable and potent rosehip oil. So if it’s results you’re after, look no further.
$49 at Adore Beauty