Facial oils are the best. They really are.
They mimic the skin’s natural oils better than any other type of moisturizer, penetrating deep into the skin to get to work at producing a more youthful and glowing appearance.
Also, the fact that facial oils need to be massaged into the skin gives the added bonus of a mini facial each time they are applied, further giving the skin the needed antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids that facial oils contain.
Facial oils have been used for centuries and the resurgence in its popularity is no coincidence. Facial oils can help to eliminate dry skin and scars, reduce aging and -ironically – get rid of spots!
Top quality facial oils do not come cheap as the essential oils and botanical ingredients that make them effective in the first pace are quite expensive and thus, any cheaper alternatives you may find will have been diluted with other questionable ingredients and subsequently, a lot less effective.
However, as with all good facial oils a few drops go a long way, making them a lot more cost effective than they may first seem.
Oils can penetrate mosturizers so if you feel that you are not quite ready to replace your normal moisturizer with a face oil (which I would highly recommend you do as they are sooo much better), then adding a few drops of oil after your normal skin care routine is a good way of further sealing in moisture. Applying facial oil to damp skin is always the best way to seal in moisture naturally.
It should be added at this point that I take my skin care quite seriously and as I have been making my own skin care products for years, am not one to sing the praises of just any skin care brand.
This would not be true to who I am or what this blog is about.
I will only ever promote skin care products that I believe to be of a good enough quality so, with that in mind here is a run down of the best facial oils I’ve found on the market that in a very short while will give you the clearer, brighter, younger looking skin you have long been looking for.
A dozen of the best facial oils:
The rare Rose de Mai is the key ingredient in Chantecaille’s (and my personally favourite) face oil.
Blended with Chilean Tree Bark to lighten and even your complexion and tightening Paracress, this nourishing formula immediately hydrates, leaving you with a dewy, youthful glow after one use.
Enriched with Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Rose Damascena and Rose Geranium.
This amazing oil actually does minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After a couple of weeks you will be thoroughly amazed by the significant difference to your skin and never look back!
The lightweight texture dries to a non-greasy, matte finish.
Packed with skin-friendly essential fatty acids and antioxidants, Ila’s Glowing Radiance Face Oil is a cult favourite.
Just a few drops daily of this Rose-scented nourishing tincture promises to regenerate cells, leaving your skin soft and luminous. Great as an overnight treatment or pre-makeup base, it also helps to fight wrinkles and visibly improves texture. Trust me, this is worth every penny.
Organic – Formulated with Rose Damascene Otto and Argan Oil.
Black Rose Precious Face Oil is Sisley’s first skin care oil for dry or mature skin. With over thirty beauty awards under it’s belt, it contains a high concentration of active ingredients and a wonderful base for make up.
This silky-smooth dry oil prepares, nourishes and has an anti-aging effect.
Rich in omega 3 and 6, this anti aging facial oil visibly smooths wrinkles and fine lines and revitalises the skin. The Plum and Camelina oils maintain the lipid balance of the epidermis gives a radiant complexion.
This cute bottle is a beauty and make up artist secret!
With a loyal celebrity fan base including Victoria’s Secret models, “it calms, nourishes and adds radiance to any type of skin, including spot prone complexions”, says Gina Ritchie, head of buying and merchandising accessories, jewellery and beauty at Liberty.
Made from a blend of 11 essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals, Rodin’s signature olio lusso hydrates and illuminates. Vitamin-rich neroli improves skin elasticity, while calendula flower extract fights free radicals and and jojoba provides abundant moisture.
This oil comes a close second as my favourite out of the bunch.
Key ingredients: neroli oil, sunflower oil, calendula flower oil, arnica Montana flower extract, rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba, apricot, jasmine.
The elixir works all night to replenish the skin with moisture and leave younger-looking skin by morning. A combination of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals and enriched with a blend of naturally derived ingredients including Squalane, Evening Primrose, and a blend of essential oils.
This readily absorbed elixir helps the skin to recover radiance by morning, with skin feeling smoother and softer.
Enriched with Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender, the formula provides a boost of intensive moisture to dehydrated skin. This multi – award winning formula instantly penetrates the skin surface to help replenish it with moisture.
(More of a serum, but I had to add to the list as this works miracles!)
Origins’ Plantscription face oil is is excellent for mature skins. Fortified with 20 precious oils from around the world including Raspberry Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Tamanu Oil and Evening Primrose.
Blended with Anogeissus to help repair skin’s barrier and replace vital youth-renewing lipids lost with age, Origin’s anti aging face oil absorbs on contact and helps smooth away the look of fine, dry lines.
It leaves the skin looking and feeling youthfully smooth, radiant and glowing.
This best-selling oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid to tone, revitalize and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin.
The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is a targeted treatment for dehydrated skin that tones, revitalises and restores radiance to moisture-depleted skin.
Utilising the principles of aromatherapy and phytotherapy, the moisture care face oil combines 100% pure plant extracts and essential oils to help balance the skin.
Added Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. The re balancing moisturiser for dry skin nourishes and revitalises dehydrated skin, and leaves it feeling satin soft. Suitable for dry or combination skin.
Anti-aging care for dehydrated skin. 100% pure plant extracts. Zero preservatives.
With the sumptuousness of an oil and the efficacy of a serum, Premier Cru The Elixir Dry Oil merges with your skin for unparallelled anti-aging action.
It leaves your skin brighter, smoother, nourished and more youthful.
Premier Cru the Elixer combines luxury and their award winning formula to help restore youthfulness to the skin. With a proven blend of Caudalie’s three signature patents—resveratrol, viniferine, and polyphenols—plus five exceptional plant oils.
Apply 4 drops morning and evening, to the face, neck and décolleté, before applying your cream for a proven restructuring effect. Delicately fragranced with the classic, Premier Cru scent of rose and oak.
Oskia’s Restoration Oil combines a delicate blend of nutrients, floral oils and extracts to replenish skin’s youthful vitality.
The fragrance of this facial oil is just sublime and is ram-packed full of natural goodies:
African Amcella and Alaria Esculenta Algae to help promote firmness and suppleness; Crithmum Matrimum, Sea Fennel and Lupin Seed to stimulate collagen synthesis; Heart Seed Vine and Echium – omega-rich plant and flower oils to help soothe inflammation and alleviate discomfort; Rice Bran Oil to protect against attack from environmental aggressors; Turmeric to help unify uneven skin tone and restore radiance, and a cocktail of Starflower, Sunflower Seed and Evening Primrose oils to gradually strengthen and improve elasticity (phew!), your skin will soon glow with renewed health and vibrancy.
Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Ageing Fine Line Face Oil features a rich and emollient texture that absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue.
A nourishing blend of rose and patchouli essential oils encourage healthy cell function and reduce skin-stressing inflammation.
Apple and raspberry seed oils plump and firm your facial contours for a glowing and revitalized appearance.
Apply at night to reveal a healthy, glowing skin in the morning.
Revive your skin at a cellular level with this highly regenerative serum by Odacitéthat works to reinforce free radical defense and guarantee the integrity of skin cells.
Genuine treasure of antioxidants, deeply penetrating blueberry seed oil helps to repair deeper skin layers thus encouraging the apparition of perfect and healthy skin. Often prescribed in naturopathic medicine to help heal burns, jasmine oil promotes new cell growth. In aromatherapy, jasmine is known to help bring back confidence and combat anxiety.
How to use: Use as a targeted skin booster by mixing 2-3 drops into your daily dose of creme. You can also use it as a targeted intensive treatment by massaging a few drops into clean, dry skin. Use twice daily.