Photography: Darren Chang, Styling: Sharmaine Khor
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multipurpose Dry Oil, $40-$68.
Skin-softening benefits aside, this left our skin with a faint floral scent.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil, $220.
“Using a couple of drops of this anti-ageing, ginger-herb-scented oil at night before my moisturiser really helped my skin retain moisture and look plumper. Massaging this on my dry neck also made the lines there look less prominent.” – Amanda Lai, beauty writer
Themae Shimmering Dry Oil, $42-$104.
Besides its moisturising properties, it has shimmery specks that give your arms, legs and decollete a sexy, golden glow.
Sephora All-in-one Nourishing Oil, $22.
The spray bottle makes this a breeze to apply even on hard-to-reach areas like the back or nape.
Caudalie Divine Oil, $35-$54.
Besides using it as a skin moisturiser, you can add a few drops of this oil to your bath or use it in a body massage.
Haba Whitening Squalane, $29-$165.
“On my face, this rich oil left my skin feeling plump and firm – much like how it feels after a facial. Used on my cuticles and elbows, it absorbed fairly well without leaving much residue. Good news for those who prefer scent-free products: This is a non-fragranced formula.” – Jeanne Tai, associate features editor
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $42-$78.
Chock-full of natural actives, this is good for scars and stretch marks.
Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, $50.
“If you prefer something lightweight and fluid, you’ll love this. The silky texture felt comfortable on my skin, and I like that it didn’t leave an uncomfortable residue on my arms and legs, which I experience with most body creams. On my face, it absorbed quickly and left my skin dewy without any greasy shine.” – Jeanne Tai
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $72.
Packed with all-natural antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids, this light oil is nature’s solution for dry hair, skin and nails.
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil, $72.
“Besides using this on my face before a long flight, I apply two drops of it on my mane before a swim. The oil leaves my strands less tangled and dry, and also makes them look healthy and glossy.” – Lieu Wei Ning, beauty writer
“My hair looked silkier and felt smoother after I applied a tiny amount on the dry ends. Use this sparingly, as a little goes a long way. It also works great on the body, especially on areas with uneven skin tone or scars. The oil took a few minutes to sink in completely on my face, so it may better suit those with ultra-dry skin.” – Jaclyn Gunasilan, beauty writer
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil, $57.
A great SOS if you’re travelling to a country with a dry, wintry climate.
Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Omega 3.6.9 Replenishing Oil, $75.
“A cocktail of plant oils, such as sunflower and sweet almond, makes this a potent solution for dry skin. I use it after chemical peels to soothe and nourish my skin. If there’s leftover oil on my hands, I use it on my very dry elbows and even hair ends – instant frizz control!” – Amanda Lai
This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2014.
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