Just because you have oily or combination skin doesn’t mean you can’t use facial oils. In fact, your skin might be producing excess oil because it doesn’t have sufficient moisture.
“The temperature difference between indoor places and outdoors (in our city) can be quite big because of the air-conditioning. So a lot of women are actually complaining about having oily skin and using products to combat oily skin when in all actuality their skin is dry. And because of this, their skin produces more oil,” shares Japanese brand Three’s global makeup artist. In fact, typical skin concerns such as clogged pores and acne are worsened due to the lack of natural oils in our skin. So adding a facial oil to your routine actually helps to restore balance to oily skin and helps it to stay healthy and clear.
Apart from pumping dry skin with a boost of moisture, facial oils are often also packed with a blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients to fight signs of ageing. Another plus: oil molecules also help certain active ingredients in your anti-ageing creams and serums, like retinol and vitamin C, to penetrate deeper into the epidermis to work more effectively.
To help you get started, here are the lightweight (so they won’t feel heavy in humid Singapore) and nourishing facial oils to try.
#1: Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose, $350
Not only is it one of the prettiest products we have seen, but it is also great for tired skin as it has Rose de Granville extract to fight micro-inflammations to treat and soothe skin. It is also rich in vitamins E, B3, B5, and C; fatty acids to strengthen epidermal tissues and minerals to boost skin’s protecting and repairing properties; amino acids to help boost cell vitality and antioxidants to strengthen skin.
#2: Chanel Le Blanc Huile Healthy Light Creator Oil, $177
The star ingredient in this facial oil? Ume flower, which is known for its repairing, anti-melanin and anti-sallowness properties. Use it nightly after lotion and pre-serum for clear, healthy and radiant-looking skin.
#3: Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil, $98
This is formulated with two phases (water and oil) which delivers water-soluble and lipid-soluble active ingredients to targeted areas of the skin. The top layer is lipophilic and is attracted to the outermost part of the skin. It consists of nourishing lavender essential oil, yuzu seed oil and pure olive oil to hydrate and brighten skin. The bottom layer is hydrophilic and is infused with vitamins and antioxidants to strengthen and repair skin.
#4: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $80
This is a 99.8 per cent naturally-derived oil formulated with squalane, night-blooming evening primrose and lavender, coriander and rose hip seed essential oils. It is meant to be used at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors to help restore and regenerate skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion.
#5: Laneige Water Bank Double Layering Oil, $50
This contains droplets of fast-absorbing mineral water and oil droplets to effectively replenish lost moisture in the skin and help support skin’s natural balance.
#6: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $84
Infused with a host of pure oils such as seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed and sweet almond, this is packed with nourishing omegas to preserve a youthful appearance. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of moisture and is said to provide up to 24 hours of hydration.
#7: La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, $525
This contains a blend of pure oils as well as the brand’s Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, which is said to strengthen skin to prevent moisture loss and keep skin supple, dewy and radiant. It also locks in moisture and fights free radical damage.
#8: Clarins Double Serum, $125
If you’ve never used facial oils before, we recommend this. It is one-third oil based and two-thirds water, the same proportion of your skin for better absorption. It is rich in plant extracts and stimulates the five vital functions of skin. Its unique formula combines 20 of anti-ageing plant extracts with turmeric extract, to effectively and visibly treat signs of ageing. It also helps to restore radiance and treat uneven skin tone, as well as minimise the appearance of enlarged pores.
#9: Pixi Rose Oil Blend, $36, Sephora
This face oil is rich in essential nutrients (rose geranium oil to tone and balance), antioxidants (pomegranate seed oil) and vitamins to help replenish moisture levels. It works to deeply hydrate, protect and replenish skin. The silky texture is quickly absorbed into skin for lasting nourishment.
#10: Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil, US$74.67 (approx. S$98.50), www.net-a-porter.com
Enriched with 17 active ingredients including organic olive oil and camellia seed oil to revitalise your complexion, this lightweight, fast-absorbing oil is formulated with squalane to leave skin feeling hydrated, plump and soft. It’s also completely natural and suitable for all skin types.
#11: Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil, $232
A multi-tasking blend of argan, evening primrose, safflower, jojoba and macadamia nut oils, it can be used on the face, hands or body. Bonus: it has a refreshing Japanese yuzu fragrance.
#12: Su:m37 Secret Oil, $155
This anti-ageing facial oil helps to give you visibly firmer, more radiant, healthier and younger-looking skin. The non-greasy oil instantly replenishes skin with essential moisture while nourishing it. It also firms skin and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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