When it comes to skincare, oils used to get a bad rep. We were told that the key to great skin is to scrub your face to within an inch of its life, use astringent toners, and avoid all kinds of oil-based moisturisers. But times have changed, and so do skincare trends. In recent years, it’s become increasingly trendy to incorporate facial oils into skincare routines.
The best way to use facial oils is in the last step of your pre-wedding skincare routine, after applying moisturiser. Some people can even skip moisturiser and move straight on to facial oils – feel free to tweak your routine and see what your skin likes best.
Good facial oils should absorb into the skin and leave a light occlusive layer. They shouldn’t be all sticky and slip about on your face, even if you’re someone with extremely dry skin and live in a cold and arid climate.
With that criteria in mind, we set off in search for the perfect facial oils to target every skin concern we could think off, so you'll look your best on your special day. Read on to find out what we found.
For brides with blemish-prone skin
You can use facial oils, even if you have blemish-prone skin. Contrary to popular belief, not all oils are comedogenic.
Infused with azulene, which is extracted from chamomile and known to reduce inflammation in the skin tissue, this facial oil from Herbivore Botanicals is great for soothing red and irritated skin, fighting bacteria and clarifying the complexion.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Balancing Azulene Infused Facial Oil, $41 for 8ml from Sephora.
To fight against pollution
Anti-pollution skincare is pretty big these days, especially as people become increasingly savvy about the effects of city living. Small particulate matter doesn’t just sit on our skins' surface, it can penetrate deep into the pores, causing oxidative damage and quicken ageing, so you'll want to look for skincare that provides extra protection against oxidative damage.
This cold-pressed raw marula oil from Drunk Elephant contains more polyphenols and antioxidants than dark chocolate or tea, helping you combat pollution and free radicals.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $56 for 15ml from Sephora.
For brides with dull skin woes
At the heart of L'Occitane's award-winning Divine Youth Oil is the Immortelle essential oil, extracted from the French brand's Corsican Immortelle flowers, and revered for its regenerative and protective benefits in skin care. Together with a potent blend of seven other natural oils, this lightweight elixir deeply nourishes skin for a lit-from-within glow and silky texture. Unlike others on this list, it also acts as a carrier oil - use it before your other skincare products to reap maximum benefits.
Divine Youth Oil, $178 for 30ml from L'Occitane boutiques.
For brides with dry skin
Don't we love skincare products that work doubly hard? This facial oil from Laneige does double time by combining the hydrating properties of water and the moisturising properties of oil in one product. It contains squalene and various botanical oils to intensely nourish dry skin without being sticky and heavy.
If you have hyperpigmentation
When it comes to dealing with ageing, hyperpigmentation, dullness and pollution, Vitamin C pretty much does it all. Target the bulk of your skin concerns with this Sunday Riley facial oil infused with vitamin C and turmeric. Use it before moisturiser, not the other way round, to ensure maximum efficacy.
For brides with ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and redness
Retinol or Vitamin A products are great for combating the signs of ageing as well as diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and redness.
Entirely made with natural ingredients, 37% of the formula is concocted from rosehip seed oil, a natural source of Vitamin A and Retinoic Acid. It's slightly viscous so unless your skin's more the dry type, slather this on at night, and wake up to hydrated and glowy complexion. It's got a strong ylang-ylang or herbal-ish scent, which can be a plus or minus depending on whether you like the smell.
Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, $66 for 10ml or $179 for 30ml, from Sephora.
Containing retinol to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, dryness and dullness, the Luna Sleeping Night Oil from Sunday Riley also has blue tansy and chamomile. These work in tandem to soothe the skin and get rid of redness. There’s a reason why it’s a cult favourite amongst editors and beauty gurus, after all.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $78 for 15ml from Sephora.
New to our shores, Bybi's founded by UK beauty bloggers Elsie & Dominika, who pride their products on being 100% natural with high-performing ingredients, and their environmentally-friendly packaging - plus an affordable price tag. If you have sensitive skin that doesn't take well to retinol, Bybi's Bakuchiol Booster offers a gentler plant-derived, 100% natural and vegan retinol alternative. It's also got olive-derived squalane to lock in moisture. Add a couple of drops to your other skincare products like serums or moisturisers, or use it on its own.
Bybi Bakuchiol Booster, $23 for 50ml, from Sephora.
If you have: Lack of elasticity
This incredibly indulgent oil from Chantecaille is made with the rare Rose de Mai, a flower that only blooms for three weeks in May. The facial oil also contains a nourishing blend of pure botanical ingredients to leave skin supple and dewy looking. It’s lightweight, dries to a matte finish and can even be mixed in with your foundation to create a glowy finish.
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil, available at L1 Takashimaya, or US$231.92 (approx S$319) for 30ml from Net-A-Porter.