This article was first published on 5 January 2022.
When we hear the word "oil", most of us would think of sebum. But oil is not exactly the enemy in this realm.
Why do you need a face oil in your regimen?
Essential oils and face oils are beneficial to our skin when used correctly. In some cases, they can even help in regulating sebum production; since the skin is already well moisturised by these beauty oils, it doesn't have to excrete sebum as much.
Aside from the popular tea tree, sunflower and Tsubaki oils, there are others that are also worthy of your attention. Get to know these potent, nourishing face oils in Singapore that will leave your skin better than ever.
Are you worried to try beauty oils because of your naturally oily skin? Start with dry oils such as hazelnut oil, which you can find in the Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil (SGD80). It's noted to help your pores appear smaller because of its astringent quality. It can also contribute to the restoration of skin elasticity due to its abundance in vitamin E.
If you're suffering from acne scars, rosehip face oils like The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (SGD18) can help you fade them. You can also use it to improve the appearance of stretch marks and quench dehydrated skin. It's famous for being rich in essential fatty acids that can trigger faster cell turnover and skin rejuvenation.
Combating dry skin is just as tricky as dealing with oily skin. Heavy moisturisers can lead to breakouts while lightweight ones may not be nourishing enough. If you haven't yet, try moisturising beauty oils like black cumin seed oil, which you can find in The Body Shop Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (SGD66), instead. It's enriched with vitamins A, B and C which helps keep the skin healthy.
is popular for helping people suffering from rashes and eczema. Aside from that, it's also known to be antimicrobial, making it a good ingredient for combatting acne-causing bacteria. It's a rare oil that's harvested only in the remote islands of the South Pacific. Because of this, the pure form of this oil can be more expensive than other beauty oils.
The sacha inchi oil comes from a nut native to the Peruvian Amazon. It contains powerful vitamin A and E antioxidants that can help the skin fight against free radicals, making it perfect for those who want to improve the dullness in their complexions. It's also rich in high-quality proteins and can be found in the Edible Beauty Exotic Seed of Youth Anti-Ageing Oil (SGD66).
Marula oil, which is extracted from the marula fruit, is the best face oil for those with mature and dry skin. It's lightweight, fast-absorbing, and rich in antioxidants like vitamin C. It's also packed with omega acids, which gives the oil its barrier-repairing quality. A popular product that has marula oil as its hero ingredient is the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (SGD58).
Maracuja or passionfruit oil, which is the star of the tarte Maracuja Oil (SGD75), is another anti-ageing face oil for those looking to hydrate their dry skin and bring out the radiance in their dull-looking skin. It's packed with essential fatty acids and lycopene that help hydrate, even out and brighten your complexion.
Blue tansy oil is can be used for all skin types, but those with sensitive skin may like it best. Facial oils that have this ingredient, like the popular Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (SGD83), are effective in soothing inflammation since it contains an antioxidant called chamazulene. This also gives the oil its rich blue hue.
Comparable to the likes of shea butter, avocado oil and macadamia butter, meadowfoam oil is a non-greasy alternative that effectively seals moisture into the skin. When used in face oils like the La Mer The Renewal Oil (SGD230), it's a great last step to your nighttime skincare routine.
Why just have one botanical oil when you can have many? The Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil (SGD172) contains avocado, olive, Babassu, raspberry seed, blueberry seed and evening primrose oils to moisturise and reinforce your skin without added greasiness. It also has collagen to improve skin elasticity and firmness, so it's always plump and lifted.
The Elemis Superfood Facial Oil (SGD105) harnesses the powers of nine antioxidant-rich superfood oils to make your skin look more radiant. It's infused with broccoli, rosehip, flaxseed, and daikon radish that feed the skin with plumping and smoothing nutrients.
Did you know that you can get the same benefits of using retinol with the L'OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Youth Oil (SGD99)? It's powered by Immortelle Super Extract, a naturally derived alternative to retinol that targets visible signs of skin ageing like sagging and dullness. It's also very moisturising thanks to the rich blend of plant and seed oils in its formula.
Which of these face oils will make its way to your vanity?
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