Here’s a quick reminder in case you missed the memo: we’re obsessed with oils. I mean, we’d be silly not to, especially since we’ve seen the life-changing results that come with making best use of nature’s elixirs! They’re healing, hydrating, soothing, nourishing, anti-pollutant, antibacterial and anti-acne….what’s not to love?
I’m sure you’ll agree with us when we say that nothing feels better than calm, happy, perfectly-balanced skin, so let’s march on to discover the team’s best-loved oils for this season…
Dehydrated skin: Oilixia Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil
Its scent is surprisingly peppery – so much so that it took me aback at first whiff. Don’t let that put you off, however: I found it growing on me much faster than I had expected. The formula is ultra-light and quick to absorb, yet rich enough to ensure that just few drops is more than enough to cover the entire face. Delivering on its promises of long-lasting hydration, I was more than happy to find that even after a whole day at the office, my skin still looked bright and bouncy, with not a single flake to be found.
The texture does mean this Oilixia hero could work for oily-combination skin, but we’d probably advise you to go for their Explorer Blend or Lucky Cloud’s Balancing Facial Oil instead: the ingredients’ list on these two are much better suited for balancing oil production and evening out tone.
Combination skin: The Ordinary 100% Squalane Facial Oil
We’ve raved about squalane many times before, so it should be no surprise that we had to include this hero oil in this edit. With a consistency that’s closer to water than your traditional oil, a little goes a long way and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s the perfect fuss-free facial oil – all performance, 100% natural and no fragrance – making it ideal for almost every skin type. However, with squalane’s oil production balancing qualities in mind, we’ve decided that this The Ordinary facial oil will have a better chance to shine with combination skin.
Oily skin: Lucky Cloud Balancing Facial Oil
When I read the label of Lucky Cloud’s Balancing Oil I was instantly sold. It literally sounded like it was made for my skin. Suitable for combination skin, with anti-acne and scar healing properties. With an ingredients’ list packed full of lightweight oils including calendula, squalane, rosehip and more, I was super keen to give it a whirl.
Although Lucky Cloud recommended using it every morning and night after cleansing, my wary side steered me towards just once every night after a nice cleanse and bit of moisturiser, as I didn’t want my skin to be too oiled up. The oil smelt like a dream and was perfect before bedtime with its soothing lavender scent – who needs a spa when all you need is some facial oil?
A good few weeks of this later resulted in softer, plumper skin, that feels much more calmed and balanced. Although the scar healing claims have yet to really shine through, it looks promising and I’m definitely sticking around to see the long-term effects!
I’d always figured that, if I had a spirit animal, I’d be a magpie: bright and colourful things render me weak, and when it’s a beauty product…well, let’s not talk about my shopping issues. Either way, this award-winning elixir’s inclusion in this edit should not come as a surprise. It arrived in a rainbow-rainforest-print box, the vibrant amber-coloured liquid encased in a sleek glass bottle. The oil feels rich, but surprisingly easy to spread around, and smells like the crème in a freshly baked almond croissant. I can live with that.
The consistency is a little thinner than traditional oils but not quite squalane-level, a good in-between. It absorbs quickly when massaged in, and it really seems to bring out a golden glow from my skin. I find that often it’s more than enough to keep my skin quenched throughout the day, as it still feels plump even by nighttime – which makes it perfect for more mature skin in need of a real boost!
– Jennie Lim