If you haven't tried a facial oil yet, now's your chance. It's a skin elixir great for glowing skin, anti-aging properties and soothing blemishes
If we had to pick just one skin elixir, it would be facial oil. It gives you the most bang for your buck – I could rattle on and on about its benefits but my favourites reasons have got to be its ability to seal in moisture, soothe inflammations and plump up skin. But despite its rising popularity, people are still intimidated by the formula, picturing oily faces and makeup sliding off in record time. But, speaking as an oily-skinned facial-oil loving person myself, rest assured that that’s hardly the case – the good ones are lightweight, absorb quickly into skin and leave you glowing, not greasy. Application is versatile – use it on its own, mix it with your foundation for a luminous glow, or massage into lips before applying a matte liquid lippie. All you need are two drops with a single use. Read on to discover some of the best facial oils, loved by skincare fans and experts alike.
Pixi Rose Oil Blend
There’s a reason why Pixi is so coveted by Youtubers. All of its products are glow-giving, and enhance the natural radiance of its wearers. One we swear by is its Rose Oil Blend ($39). Made with youth-boosting oils (the concoction includes rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed and rose geranium oils), it deep conditions, refines skin texture, hydrates and leaves skin noticeably luminous.
Pixi Rose Oil Blend is available from Sephora online
W.ANT Skincare the face oil
W.ANT Skincare scores major points in our books on two counts: its all-natural skincare products, as well as its dedication to empowering marginalised local communities in Bali, Indonesia and Benin, Africa. All products are handmade from pure botanical oils and minerals, cruelty-free, and are free of fragrances and synthetic ingredients, including its star product: the face oil. Boasting Vitamin A, C, E and essential fatty acids, it helps skin regenerate, and absorbs quickly – perfect for day use.
W.ANT Skincare’s the face oil is available here.
Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
It may not look like your typical facial oil, but these tiny capsules are mini, potent powerhouses for your skin. They restore ceramides (they hold skin cells together to form a protective layer that retains moisture) which skin gradually loses with age. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly brightens and revitalises skin.
The Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum is available from Elizabeth Arden boutiques and counters islandwide.
Chanel Huile de Jasmin
Facial oils can’t get more luxurious than this. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s original skincare collection, it features pure oils like camellia oil and jojoba oil to moisturise and revitalise skin. Its scent is also incredibly addictive, thanks to jasmine extract at its heart. Tip: For people with dry skin, a few drops of this into your regular moisturiser will majorly hydrate skin, and leave it looking positively luminous.
The Chanel Huile de Jasmin is available from Chanel beauty boutiques and counters.
Tarte Maracuja Oil
You don’t have to worry about greasy skin with this. Cold-pressed from the maracuja fruit, it’s rich in Vitamin C to brighten skin, and helps reduce excess sebum production on oily skin. Plus, its weightless formula helps protect skin against environmental toxins, and visibly firms skin without clogging your pores.
Tarte Maracuja Oil is available from Sephora stores
FrankSkincare Juicier Luxury Face Oil
Fairly new to Singapore’s skincare scene, this homegrown brand is run by organic beauty fanatics who only offer 100% natural and organic products, free of GMOs (Genetic Modified Organism) as well as parabens. Its Juicier Luxury Face Oil is a must-have addition to your skincare wardrobe; made with 11 organic ingredients, it’s targeted at boosting moisture, renewing skin, relieving inflammations and plumps skin with collagen protectors.
FrankSkincare’s Juicier Luxury Face Oil is available here
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Fake a good night’s sleep with this award-winning oil – its nighttime usage means that skin is most responsive to repair. Its three main ingredients of evening primrose, lavender and squalane boosts radiance, reduces skin blotchiness and helps restore skin’s moisture levels.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is available at Kiehl’s stores islandwide including ION Orchard and Raffles City.
Wild Products Argan Oil
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of this humble-looking oil. What it lacks in looks, it makes up for where it counts: its potency. Highly hydrating, the oil is made up of 100% argan oil, and leaves skin soft without a greasy or sticky residue. Oh and did we mention that it can be used as a hair serum too? How’s that for versatile?
Wild Products Argan Oil is available on Sephora online
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