Face oils were somewhat of a trend of the last decade, but have emerged as a mainstay in most beauty cupboards.
Applying oil onto your face initially sounds counter intuitive considering many of us (including myself) work hard to reduce the oiliness and shininess of our complexions. But applying good quality, nourishing oils can actually stop your skin from overproducing its own supply. By giving your face what it needs, it doesn't have to make so much of it's own protective sebum - which is the natural oil often responsible for clogging up your pores and making you shiny.
Plus, face oils can be an excellent vehicle for delivering nutrients and antioxidants deeper into your skin - because many (not all) key oils have a smaller molecular size than your traditional night creams. This allows them to sink in deeper.
So, when your skin is calling out for a little more love, face oils can be a saving grace. They offer nourishment, protection and a whole host of other nutrients and active ingredients. In the trans-seasonal months, I'm certainly one that ditches my night serums and night moisturiser in favour of a rich face oil and I can recommend it.
If you're looking for the right one, here are six fabulous face oils perfect to protect you from dryness.
A fabulous oil specifically designed to mimic the lipid (oils and fats) profile of healthy 22-year-oil skin. It's all about nourishing and restoring your skin to a healthy state - so perfect for winter. It's got five types of lipid including squalene from olives, jojoba oil and macadamia oil. It does leave a bit of an oily film, but it's worth it because you'll wake up with unrivalled, dewy and bright skin.
Marketed as "a multivitamin for your skin" this one is an oil infused with vitamins A to F to pack a little extra punch into your skincare routine. It's got a combination of coconut extract, jojoba oil, cannabis sativa seed oil and rosa canina seed oil to treat your skin. It's super lightweight too and sinks straight in without leaving a film.
Made with organic noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil, this one is a crowd favourite. This blend offers a rich source of fatty acids and the rosehip offers repair and renewal properties. It's a great one for those looking to treat fine lines, scarring or spots while repairing their dry, winter skin.
This one contains a rich blend of hemp, carrot seed, lavender, roman chamomile, frankincense, jojoba and ylang ylang oils and nothing more. It's designed to deeply nourish dry skin and the brand claims it's suitable for conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis & redness and rashes.
A correcting oil that has been design with oily and acne-prone skin in mind, but still suitable for all skin types. It blends together watermelon seed, jojoba, rosehip, rose and hemp seed oils with vitamin E for a nourishing solution to protect your skin in the dry weather.
A lightweight facial oil which assists to regenerate, soften and revitalise skin for a glowing complexion with no clogged pored. It has oils such as camellia oil (a compound Cleopatra was known to use), jojoba oil and rosehip oil.