Face oils are a luxurious addition to your skincare routine. Besides hydration, some oils also provide skin-clarifying and anti-ageing benefits.

On dehydrated or dry combination skin, the oils will sink in and soothe the flaky and wrinkly patches.

Apply a few more drops and use it as an overnight mask. Alternatively, blend it into creams or cream masks for extra moisture. For those with oily skin, pick the lightweight oils and apply sparingly.

These oils can also be used on dry hair ends and cuticles.


Estelle & Thild Super BioActive Repairing Oil Complex

$103, available at Sephora stores from July

This oil from the new-to-market Swedish organic brand contains the antioxidant marine microalgae, skin-quenching hyaluronic acid and the anti-ageing polyhydroxy acid.

Review: A light oil for combination skin types, and for blending into liquid foundations for added moisturisation. I use it during the day in lieu of a serum. Its fruity-floral scent is a plus.


Dr Jackson’s 03 Face Oil

US$92 (S$122), from Net-A-Porter.com

Contains skin-healing baobab oil, marula seed oil, and calendula flower and arnica flower extracts.

Review: A rather rich oil for dehydrated skin. If you have combination skin, use it as a night treatment, or in place of a serum and moisturiser during the day. I love the blend’s light spa scent, too.



Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir

$126, from Sephora stores

Part oil, part serum, the product is made with anti-wrinkle agent resveratrol, anti-dark spot ingredient viniferine, as well as antioxidant polyphenols. It also contains a blend of sandalwood kernel, jojoba, prickly pear, coriander and grapeseed oils.

Review: This lightweight oil is another good day and night skincare option for those with combination skin. After one application, my skin looked clearer.


Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Oil SPF 15 

$145, from Sephora stores

An anti-ageing blend made from a dozen kinds of rose stem cells and rose extracts.

Review: This rose-scented oil is incredibly lightweight, considering that it also contains SPF 15. Products which contain sun-protection ingredients are usually more viscous. Use it as a serum or blend into the liquid foundation.



Fresh Elixir Ancien 

$425, from Fresh at B3-45 Ion Orchard

Concocted by hand in a monastery.

A formula of nourishing meadowfoam seed, seabuckthorn and blackcurrant seed oils, as well as the commiphora plant.

Review: A viscous oil made for dehydrated skin. For other skin types, it is best used at night. Its rich texture is also ideal for facial massages. I used this in lieu of my usual serum-and-night cream regimen and woke up with clearer skin.



Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil 

$75, from Clinique counters

Contains salicylic acid to provide gentle exfoliation; clary extract to boost cell turnover; pomegranate sterols, and olive and mango seed oils to moisturise; as well as vitamins C and E, lady thistle and cranberry seed oils to protect.

Review: A watery oil which feels barely there on the skin – perfect for oily skin types. I have combination skin, so I use this instead of a serum on days when my skin feels dry.


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$89, from Laura Mercier counters

A cocktail of vitamin E and nourishing rosehip seed, safflower, sunflower seed, kukui seed and macadamia oils.

Review: Although light, the oil still provides enough drag on the skin for massages. Smells like rose water. Suitable for combination skin types.




This story was first published on The Straits Times Urban on May 8, 2015.