We’ve cottoned onto the idea that oils are fab for cleansing (thanks Mr. Shu Uemura!) but the fact that they’re just as great for hydration and nourishment hasn’t gone nearly quite as viral. Whether it’s the seemingly heavy texture or just the thought of adding oil to an already shiny complexion, we associate oils to descriptors such as slick, unpleasant, or pore-clogging, which has us gravitating away from the stuff when it comes to skincare.
And while it seems counterintuitive to apply oil to your complexion, especially if you’re prone to blemishes, face oils are actually your ticket to healthy, hydrated skin as they help to regulate the production of sebum and act as a protective barrier that keeps the moisture in. The right oil can do wonders, such as clearing breakouts while nourishing and balancing your skin. Crowd favourites include argan, camellia, rosehip, calendula, and almond oils as they’re non-pore clogging, on top of having a thin consistency that sinks easily into the skin.
Needless to say, the Koreans took it up a notch by way of turning out innovative, barely-there textures or by incorporating heritage ingredients unique to their culture. From cult to classic brands, we give you our top K-beauty face oil picks.
This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.