Face oils are one of the quickest ways to cheat that ‘just had a facial’ glow, but they also offer some serious long-term results for dry, dehydrated skin.
The most luxurious step in any routine, facial oils are usually formulated with a blend of natural plant oils, including Rosehip, Jojoba, Marula, and Sea Buckthorn (to name just a few!). These oils are rich in fatty acids that work to support the skin’s natural barrier, strengthening it against moisture loss and preventing bacteria from entering.
Each plant oil has its own unique benefits on top of nixing dryness; depending on the blend, your face oil could also target skin concerns from UV damage and acne, to ageing and sensitivity.
There’s even a smorgasbord of textures to choose from. PSA: oils don’t just come in the thick and slick variety. Prefer a lighter feel? Opt for a ‘dry oil’ – a super fast-absorbing variety that has all of the skin benefits with none of the greasiness.
Just don’t forget to use face oils in tandem with a hydrating moisturiser, to top up the skin’s water level before locking in all the goodness. Scroll down for our faves.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
Squalane oil is a plant-derived version of the moisturising agent naturally found in our skin. Non-comedogenic and emollient, it delivers a serious moisture boost and nourishment without blocking pores.
The Ordinary’s Hemi-Squalane has a low molecular weight, which sounds techy but means it leaves a dry after-feel with no greasy residue.
This multi-purpose oil can even be used on dry hair to tame frizz without any heaviness.
Revolution Skincare CBD Oil
CBD, also known as cannabidoil, has been attracting some serious beauty buzz.
Extracted from the flowers and leaves of non-drug hemp, it’s free from THC (the compound that gets you high), but studies suggest this natural oil has a calming effect on skin. A powerful anti-inflammatory, it could be particularly beneficial for those of us with dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Rich in fatty acids, this nourishing oil also supports the skin’s barrier, helping to prevent moisture from escaping. Massage in twice a day to calm and protect dry, sensitive skin.
Freck Lil Prick Cactus Seed Dry Serum
We all know cacti love the desert. It turns out they love desert-like skin too! This powerful serum is blended with non-comedogenic Prickly Pear Seed Oil (a type of cactus), which absorbs in a flash and leaves no oily feel on the skin.
Delivering a burst of moisture and vitamins, it soothes inflammation and deeply conditions dry skin for a silky, baby-soft complexion.
Alpha H Essential Hydration Concentrate
Supercharged with a total of nine vitamin-rich plant oils, including Rosehip Oil, Avocado Oil, and Calendula Oil, this luxurious concentrate from Alpha H is a serious treat for stressed out skin.
The blend of oils help to boost the natural repair process and tackle skin woes associated with dry complexions, including redness, irritation, cell damage, and premature ageing.
Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil
Rosehip Oil is famed for its rich complex of omega fatty acids and vitamin C, giving it exceptional healing powers and antiseptic properties.
Mario Badescu’s Rose Hips Nourishing Oil helps to reduce the flakiness and surface dehydration associated with dry skin, to keep your complexion looking radiant and healthy. Use alone or apply a few drops over your moisturiser to give your skin a head start against harsh weather.