Facial oils - no, not the sebum kind, but botanical ones that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin - are so hot right now. But should you be using them in our humid clime?
According to makeup artist and fellow facial-oil fan, Larry Yeo (who by the way has a diploma in cosmetic science, so he knows what he’s talking about), “facial oils give good lightweight hydration without the density of a cream”. That makes them actually really suitable for our tropical weather - in fact, I’m a huge fan myself.
For ease of use, Yeo says to apply some after a serum on the drier parts of the face, or over the entire face if you’re travelling to a country that has a cold and dry climate. Me, I prefer to use my facial oil at night, especially if I’m sleeping in an air-conditioned room.
You don’t need a lot - just two to three drops is good enough for the face and neck area. Those with drier skin can finish your skincare routine with a moisturiser, though with my normal to combination skin type, I often go without.
Note: As some oils need a little help getting absorbed, always prep the skin with a hydrating lotion or toner before. This helps deliver the nutrient-rich oils better into the skin for faster and more effective results.
Not sure which oils to go for? Yeo advises looking for ones that have good antioxidant benefits like rosehip, argan, grapeseed and safflower. I recommend these five that fit the bill.
1. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil, $82
Contains antioxidant-rich seaberry (also known as seabuckthorn), grapeseed and cranberry seed oils to repair and protect skin.
2. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $80
Enriched with ginger root, sunflower and tamanu oils to banish the signs of fatigue on the face.
3. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, $65.90
Uses rosehip seed, black cumin seed and camellia seed oils, along with essential oils like lavender, geranium, orange peel and chamomile, to reduce the signs of ageing.
4. La Mer The Renewal Oil, $370
A dual-phase oil that contains the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth to nourish and renew the skin. Can also be used to moisturise dry cuticles or even tame frizz and fly-away hair.
5. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, $65
Uses hazelnut oil along with rosewood, blue orchid and patchouli essential oils to soothe dehydrated skin while preventing the appearance of fine lines.
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