While those with oily and blemish-prone skin might steer clear from face oils and opt for water-based or oil-free skincare products, the truth is facial oils have come a long way. Instead of being thick and occlusive, new extraction methods and formulation technology have made it possible to make nourishing and lightweight face oils that hydrate better and do not clog pores. Compared to traditional cream moisturisers which tend to be high in water and emulsifying agents but low in effective ingredients, facial oils often have vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants that are absorbed quickly into your skin. Additionally, they form a natural barrier to lock moisture in, so skin ultimately stops producing excess oil and finds the balance it needs.
Look out for ingredients like salicylic acid, retinol, rosehip oil and vitamin C as they help unclog pores, stimulate cellular regeneration and reduce the appearance of acne scars. During application, rub 3 to 5 drops of facial oil on your palms before pressing into skin as the heat generated helps boost absorption and minimises any greasy residue.