The Best Face Oils for Your Skin & Budget.

BY KUDI MARADZIKA

Anyone who has ever read anything about face oils has had a moment where they have thought, ‘yikes, ACTUAL oil on my face…not thanks’. Thats what I thought until I decided to experiment and try the Korean Beauty routine which is all about the moisture. But there’s SO MUCH information out there that when I started researching this article I near gave up. But lots of reading and trial and error later I’ve found the best oils that anyone can include in their routine for an extra dash of glow or to keep your skin supple in the dry winter or summer…because Joburg is mad dry ya’ll!

The trick with face oils is not to use them on their own but to use them in conjunction with your daily moisturiser and sunscreen.

 

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hyaluronic acid is to dry skin what water is to a desert. sort of…

Dry skin is like desert sand. It takes in moisture on the surface but it doesnt keep it in at all which leads to tightness and a need to keep moisturising all the time. That can be pretty annoying. As a person with dry skin myself I have to admit I didn’t have much faith in oils. I thought facial oils are just yet another thing that promises to moisturise your skin but that leaves it super dry an hour or two later. I was missing a key ingredient which everyone with dry skin seriously needs to get tattooed on their hands to remember. HYALURONIC ACID.

This still is to dry skin what water is to a desert but it one ups a moisturiser by making sure that like water in a desert that moisture isn’t seeping out of your skin but stays locked in at all times. What works for dry skin in this case works for sensitive skin, as hyaluronic based products reduce inflammation and reduce redness and flares. the other key ingredient to look for in face oils for dry skin is FATTY ACIDS like Marula oil and Rosehip oil. These will keep your skin supple and firm. Remember its imperative that the oil in the face oils be COLD PRESSED to ensure the oils haven’t been heated which can destroy some of their antioxidant and moisturising properties.

RECOMMENDATIONS: If you want a bang for your buck then L’Oreal’s Age Perfect facial oil is a good place to start. Some people have found it to not be as long lasting and has an odour not everyone will like. The Ordinary Virgin Marula Oil is a simple and great product and possibly my top recommended as I tried and loved it. Clarins Face Treatment Oil is a close second in my book and is light enough to use both day and night. My top two wish list products are Virgin Luxury Facial Oil from Drunken Elephant and Juno from Sunday Riley which I have heard incredible things about.

 

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think the idea of adding oil to oily skin might seem like a kamikaze move? think again.

I get why people with oily skin probably think considering face oils is a bullshit, idiot move. Totally get it. After all adding oil to oil is like adding paraffin to a burning fire. But lets break down what causes breakouts in the first place. Excess and overactive sebaceous and oil glands. So the idea of using a face oil is to use something that we’ll stop these bad boys from over-acting an causing breakouts. Breakouts are your skins way of telling you that you have more oil than water on your skin. So not only are bacteria fighting oils like TEA TREE OIL and SQUALANE a great idea, lighter oils applied at night are as well. ROSEHIP OIL and POMEGRANATE OIL are all light and effective enough to use on oily skin.

Still don’t believe me about oily skins and face oil? Check out this woman who cleared her acne in three weeks using ROSEHIP OIL.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

I’ve reviewed Skoon Rosehip C+ and really liked this product as it gave me a great glow. Definitely a value product, as is Pai Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil which is perfect for sensitive skin and is a super light product that even people with combination skin can use. Pai is a close second favourite. What I wish I could get my hands on is the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil which is top rated by a lot of sites and a few people I know, more top rated than Pai’s Regenerative Rosehip Oil. Last but not least are Herbivore’s Lapis Blue Tansy Oil which most people agree is value for money at a hefty price. Also worth considering is Sunday Riley’s U.F.O. The only problem with this is that its a hit or miss depending on the individual so may not be the best pick for someone trying a face oil for the first time.

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I have combination skin and for the life of me I sometimes don’t know what to do with it. There are dry patches on my cheeks and break outs on my forehead. All of which are incredibly annoying and inexplicable. I tried Tea Tree Oil once at the ill-advise of a beauty therapist and broke out. What finally worked was a combination of oils. Some of which I have mentioned like the Skoon Rosehip C+ oil. But wouldn’t life be simpler if everything was in one product?

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The good news is that a lot of the things that work for both oily and dry skin work for combination to normal skin. Rosehip for example is still great to use as it combats the oiliness whilst moisturising. To get more targeted results I’d recommend one of the following. Dr Haushka is a perennial favourite of mine and Dr Haushka’s Revitalising Treatment Oil promises to calm inflammation with a lightweight easy to wear formula. Great value for money. Clinique’s Revitalising Treatment Oil is easy to apply and hydrates skin to plumpness and fights acne with ingredients like salicylic acid. That said this very property means that this may not be great for people whose combination skin is more on the dry side. Powered with chia seeds and a great South American origin story, Maya Chia’s Supercitical Omega 3 Chia Face Oil is great for combination / dry skin.

This brand is all about supporting communities and giving back. I haven’t tried it myself but have heard great things. This is one for the Wishlist. Also for the Wishlist is Sisley’s Rose Precious Face Oil. Sisley products are insanely expensive but the samples I have tried of this product have left me speechless. This is an award-winning product and luxurious oil. I’m just heat-broken its so expensive!

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WHAT FACE OILS ARE YOU USING AT THE MOMENT?

I’D LOVE TO KNOW.

COMMENT BELOW.

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