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Making The Case For Facial Oils

Even though facial oils have become part of mainstream beauty for almost a decade, many Singaporeans are still resistant to these watery wonders.

As someone with combination skin, I can totally relate when people gasp at the thought of applying facial oil to an oily-prone complexion in our humid weather. After all, aren’t we constantly applying products and makeup to make us look less greasy, not more?

While facial oils are considered the norm (and even a must-have) in other Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, it remains a divisive beauty product in Singapore. Some can’t live without it and say their complexions have never looked more glowy and hydrated, while others claim that it causes them to breakout and their T-zones to look shiner than ever.

First, let’s dive into why they’re so popular. There are truly very few products as hydrating or nourishing as facial oils. They are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and omegas, and give your complexion a gorgeous dewy glow, as well as improves your skin’s overall skin health and plumpness. And just like other skincare, they can help target different problems from fine lines to sagging, inflammation and even acne.

As with all things, it’s about finding the right one that is suitable for your skin’s needs. For example, facial oils made with grapeseed or evening primrose tend to be more lightweight. They are rich in linoleic acid, which provides essential moisture and gets absorbed quickly with no greasiness.

Cypress and grapeseed oils are also natural astringents, helping to tighten pores and reduce excess shine. They are perfect for humid climates and combination complexions. If you have dry skin, then pretty much any oil would be great. After all, all of them are able to hydrate parched skin.

If you’re not sure where to start, then check out five of our favourite non-greasy facial oils which treat skin without leaving behind any shine.

La Mer The Renewal Oil, $400
Infused with the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth, this healing oil helps to repair damage, soften wrinkles, lift and plump, as well as fortify skin’s protective barrier to prevent dehydration. Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil, $98
This dual-phase oil is designed to nourish both the top and deeper layers of skin. It has lavender essential oil, yuzu seed oil and pure olive oil to hydrate, brighten and strengthen skin. Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Supreme Recovery Oil, $490
Rich in active ingredients, this transforms into a dry velvety veil upon contact with the skin. This elixir helps to visibly smooth, soften and hydrate. With constant use, it also boosts skin regeneration and firmness. Diptyque Infused Face Oil, $88, Escentials
Infused with white iris extract and rose petals, this dry oil restores the skin’s natural vitality, softens lines, boosts radiance, and evens out skin tone and texture. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $102, Sephora
Free of chemicals and fragrance, this antioxidant-rich oil helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and redness, boosts skin elasticity and is a natural anti-microbial to protect against bacteria.