Five starter face oils to try

Five starter face oils to try

Oils that I want

Text: Renée Batchelor

Oils seem almost counter-intuitive in this sticky weather, and especially come haze season. But there's an oil for every skin type and concern

We've tried a plethora of facial oils on the market and some definitely fare better than others. What we look out for? Top-notch and pure ingredients, a light texture that feels hydrating and replenishing, yet sinks in effortlessly... and a gorgeous and calming scent. Keen on trying a facial oil, but not sure where to start? Here's our round-up of what works for different purposes and skin types.

#1 The booster: Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, $74
A pure blend of concentrated oils including seaberry and camellia seed oil, this is a great addition to any existing product. Add a few drops to your eye to your face cream for an extra boost of hydration and nourishment. This is perfect for controlling the amount of oil that you use — start with just a drop or two if you're new to the oil game and want a little bit more oomph in your skincare.

Fresh Oil

#2 The day oil: Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate, $80
Building on the success of their super-popular Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl's introduces a new day oil, which is a pretty nifty idea in our books. What it does? Revives and re-energises fatigued skin. Unlike the overnight version, this day oil is lightweight and contains a highly concentrated blend of naturally-derived ingredients including ginger root tamanu and sunflower seed oils.

Kiehl's Oil

#3 The multi-tasker: Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil, $232
What we love besides the lovely texture? This luxurious, silky-smooth oil can be used on your face, hair, nails and body — mix it into your foundation or treat dry patches on skin. Consisting of a sumptuous blend of five oils including argan, evening primrose and jojoba, this is a great staple and travel buddy. Plus the fresh scent, derived from Japanese yuzu is pure and refreshing. 

Shsiseido Oil

#4 Value for money: The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, $65.90
While by no means cheap, this new oil proves that quality doesn't have to come at a prohibitively high price. This contains three, cold-pressed plant seed oils — camilla, rosehip and cumin — that are of 99 per cent natural origin and work synergistically to revive radiance in ageing skin. Plus it has a beautiful texture that leaves a velvety finish on skin.

The Body Shop Oil

#5 The luxury oil: Sisley Black Rose Precious Facial Oil, $270
Hands down the best texture for those petrified of sticky and overly-rich oils, this applies on the skin and sinks in like a dream. Rich in plum and camelina oil, this is an omega 3 and 6 boost that's a godsend for dry and mature skin. Akin to an overnight treatment, massage this into your face and neck before bed. You'll wake up with nourished, soft and supple skin and will see a reduction in lines and wrinkles after four weeks.

 Black Rose Oil