BACK TO NATURE – FACIAL OILS
Facial oils are having a moment. With current beauty trends leaning towards gentle skincare and cleansing methods, it’s no wonder than many people are choosing to bypass synthetically formulated products in favour of oils. It
Facial oils are having a moment. With current beauty trends leaning towards gentle skincare and cleansing methods, it’s no wonder than many people are choosing to bypass synthetically formulated products in favour of oils. It may seem counter-intuitive; after all, aren’t we trying to eliminate oily skin? – but facial oils are hugely beneficial in making skin softer and enriching it with nutrients and antioxidants.
However, smearing any old oil from your kitchen cupboard over your face is not recommended. Not all oils are created equal – coconut oil can be comedogenic and olive oil is more likely to make you smell like a salad than give you radiant skin. Here’s a roundup of the best plant-based facial oils to suit any budget.
SUNDAY RILEY LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL – $105
Sunday Riley has a well-deserved reputation for luxurious products, and this sleeping oil is no exception. The botanical oils in this product read like ingredients you would find on a particularly fancy restaurant menu – cold pressed avocado, blackberry, blood orange, and sunflower seed. This oil also contains retinol, which prevents the formation of fine lines, so it’s a great anti-aging product to add to your routine.
TIP – Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so limit exposure and invest in a good SPF if you try this oil.
French skincare experts Clarins never settle for mediocrity; this unusual product is testament to that. Containing 100% plant oils extracted from patchouli, hazelnut, and of course the titular blue orchid, this facial oil is specially designed to even and soften your skin.
TIPS – Make use of the handy dropper packaging and mix a few drops of this oil into your daily moisturiser for rich hydration.
South Korea is ahead of the game with skincare, and it’s no different with facial oils. Goodal Waterest Lasting Oil combines a kaleidoscope of botanical oils that are great for your skin, including citrus, rosemary leaf, camellia, olive, and sunflower seed oil. This product also contains coveted ingredients niacinamide, which helps to reduce marks from hyperpigmentation and old acne scars, and liquorice root extract, which brightens the complexion.
TIP – Buy this product from a reputable Korean online retailer such as Jolse to avoid fakes and US markups.