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The Lightweight Facial Oils To Hydrate And Rebalance Oily Skin

It might sound counter-intuitive but the right blend of oils can clear out clogged pores, kill bacteria and even rebalance skin’s moisture-sebum levels for a clearer complexion.

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.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, $148 for 30ml
A retinol-rich night-time treatment that helps reduce visibility of lines and wrinkles, the replenishing oil intensively hydrates and stimulates sluggish cells to encourage repair and renewal processes while you sleep. Fortified with cold-pressed extracts of avocado, chia and concord grape seed, it tackles common issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and acne as it improves skin’s resilience and radiance. Votary Facial Oil Neroli & Myrrh, about $103, at Net-A-Porter
Give skin an instant glow with this oil that rebalances combination skin and suitable for everyday use. Neroli oil brightens, myrrh calms, hazelnut oil regulates overactive sebum glands, while argan oil is quickly absorbed to selectively hydrate dry patches. It also works as a fantastic post-shave oil for men. Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, $85 for 30ml
This deeply hydrating and nourishing oil is designed for the face and neck. Ingredients like organic noni, rosehip and pomegranate are rich in vitamins A, C and minerals with moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties. A powerful mix of Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamins C and E, Omega-7 fatty acids and carotenoids also help repair damaged skin, soothes irritation and lightens the appearance of scars & blemishes for a clearer, brighter complexion. Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil, $41 for 8ml
A powerful skin-soothing oil that contains Azulene, an anti-inflammatory extract which reduces redness, resolves dryness and helps to calm signs of irritation, this blue oil is natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Squalene, kukui nut and jojoba oils provide intense hydration and nourishment at a deep level, while forming a protective barrier to lock moisture in the skin. African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil—Balancing Face Oil, about $152 for 30ml, at Net-A-Porter
Inspired by ancient African beauty rituals, this weightless and ultra-fine oil is absorbed almost instantly to boost skin’s elasticity and resilience while regulating sebum production. Ideal for those dealing with blackheads, blemishes, breakouts, fine lines and dry patches simultaneously, the key lies in the skin-replenishing properties of Marula Oil. With one of the highest concentration of antioxidants, Marula Oil penetrates skin easily to detoxify, soothe and hydrate without clogging a single pore. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, $80 for 30ml
Made from 100% pure plant extracts, this face oil is a natural astringent with a blend of rosemary, geranium and lotus which tighten pores and purifies skin. At the same time, hazelnut oil soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines and moisture loss. Use this rebalancing moisturiser as a nighttime treatment for oily or combination skin and wake up to a more refined skin texture. Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil, $44 for 29ml
As its name suggest, all-natural rosehip extract is at the heart of this nourishing formula. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C, this face oil brightens, strengthens and moisturises skin without any stickiness or greasiness, making it great for oily skin. Uma Oils Deeply Clarifying Face Oil, about $190, at Net-A-Porter
Created to soothe and restore the flawless complexion of one of the founder’s relatives just weeks before her big day, this organic face oil contains clove and grape seed oil to purify and calm skin at the same time. Naturally anti-microbial, it fights blemish-causing bacteria and prevents further infection, while tea tree oil works to normalise sebum production and minimise shine. Grown, distilled, formulated and bottled in small batches at a family estate in India, this oil draws from ayurvedic traditions to maintain optimal moisture levels in skin gently and effectively. Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, $171 for 30ml
This weightless face oil transforms dull, lacklustre skin into one that’s bright and refined. Rosehip Seed Oil, a natural source of Vitamin A and retinoic acid, helps minimise the look of wrinkles while neroli helps regulate sebum level to control breakouts and refine rough skin for a softer and smoother mien. Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil, $52 for 15ml
With a concentrated blend of rosehip, jojoba and evening primrose, this facial oil is brimming with essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to provide all-day hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologist-tested, it leaves skin feeling supple and rejuvenated.