Face oils. After humbly serving armies of beauties for centuries (from the Aboriginals to the kings and queens of ancient Egypt everybody had a signature face oil) we slightly fell out of love with them after being convinced that they would clog our pores, make us break out and leave our faces a general blemished, greasy mess.
Little did we know how far away from the truth this is. A good Face Oil has so many skin care benefits, and skin lovers everywhere are slowly waking up (finally) to the fact that a good honest face oil will change your skin. For good. For ever.
1. They give Instant Results
No matter your skin type, you will reap serious benefits of a face oil right away. More conventional or chemical moisturisers, seal moisture in the skin with the wax. But they can also seal out some of the oil and water, and any treatment benefits included in the formula. With oil, it all sinks in efficiently and your skin will benefit form ingredients like antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids that a good face oil is packed with naturally.
2. They are Multipurpose
Face oils are not only great moisturisers. They are also perfect for makeup touchups—without piling up more makeup, which often achieves the opposite of the fresh result you are after.
Pat some oil on to revive the makeup you’ve already got on. Just smooth a tiny bit of face oil between your fingers and pat it on over your cheeks, under eyes, over lips, and at the temples and forehead. Let the oil settle in for a minute. Follow with pop of colour on the lips and your skin will look naturally dewy not oily.
3. They counter excessive dryness
A face oil is an absolute essential if you use retinols or other drying anti-aging or anti-acne treatments. Treatments like Retin-A, AHA peels or creams, or breakout fighters can help clear your skin, but they can also seriously dry it out. Face oils return moisture and elasticity to your skin, smoothing wrinkles and soothing irritation in the process.
For ultra-dry skin, massage in some face oil, then layer over it with rich moisturizer
4. They can regulate excess sebum production
While synthetic and mineral oils might be comedogenic and congest pores, most natural plant based oils are not. The right face oil can help clear pores of excess sebum, and can reduce inflammation and irritation which is one of the main causes of acne to start with.
Scarring and hyperpigmentation spots can also be treated and soften dramatically by massaging an oil with brightening ingredients as often as possible.
5. They feel Amazing
Moisturizers often need unnecessary (and sometimes toxic) ingredients to achieve a texture that feels nice when applied. Oils have a naturally gorgeous, instantly skin-comforting texture—they need no extra ingredients to make them sink in.
Find Your Perfect Oil
So which Face Oil is right for you and your skin type?
First of all analyse your skin to see what is lacking. Is it feeling tight and itchy because of dehydrated, is the skin tone dull and uneven or is it battling a trans-seasonal or hormonal acne burst? Once you have established what its needs are you can incorporate the best fitting oil into your routine.
What you will end up loving is very personal but it helps to have some guidance to get you there.
Creamier, heavier-feeling oils are great if your skin is very dry.
If your skin is more on the oily side and you are more breakout-prone type of sensitive skin you will benefit from a lighter but equally nourishing and hydrating facial oil.
Here, the best face oils we’ve sourced for you! Enjoy
Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil
Made with the purest and most magical blue oil, Blue Tansy , this Lapis Facial Oil is a must for oily, blemished and acne prone skin. Infused with Azulene a powerful anti inflammatory, to clarify the complexion. This lightweight oil has countless fans who swear by its complexion clarifying properties
Aster & Bay Glow Oil Nr 1
Made in small batches this is a beautiful nourishing and moisturising face oil for normal skin types (so not overly dry or oily) that experiences the occasional dullness due to lifestyle habits. A perfect glow giver in a convenient travel size to take with you on travels and take out when the complexion is in need of an overnight boost of radiance. Wake up, look in the mirror—and be amazed! Also perfect to use for a facial massage.
Consisting of 18 pure plant extracts this is our face oil pick for skin that is suffering from severe hyper pigmentation and/or acne scarring. Sea Buckthorn, Franckinscense and Rosewood help reverse dull skin, brighten and even out skin tone and soften acne scarring.
Herbivore Orchid Face Oil
Rich and just deluxe, deluxe, deluxe. It treats wrinkles and dry skin, seriously improves elasticity, and leaves skin luminous. Orchid extract, Japanese Camellia Flower Oil and Jasmine Sambca fortify the skin and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids leave it supple and plump. The lightweight texture just soaks in making it perfect to use under make up. The smell is amazing.......
Bottega Organica Dual Action Peppermint Oil
The go to touch up oil if you are not a classic oil lover. The innovative dual water and oil solution feels super fresh and light on the skin and is a perfect 'desk drawer' keeper to regularly mist the skin with nourishing botanics throughout the day. Bottega Organica's products are made with the highest quality, 100% natural ingredients and the formula's are extremely active to boost collagen production and intensify a natural glow. The elegant glass bottle also makes it a joy to look at.
One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal
A luxurious Night time oil with amazing glow inducing oils—blue seakale, watermelon, jasmine, and date see to deeply drench more mature skin with moisture, improve the skin tone and fortify and firm the skin barrier. The concentrated, antioxidant-packed blend feels lightweight, but don't be fooled, the moisture really lasts throughout the night.