There was a time when the thought of using an oil on my face was an absolute no-go. Thankfully reading a lot of beauty blogs helped changed my mind with assurances that I wouldn't break out like crazy or resemble a disco ball throughout the day. Here's a little roundup of my favourites...
Botanics Facial Oil* | £9.99 for 25ml
An affordable option that hydrates without feeling too greasy or leaving an oily film. My skin is quite dry and I can use this in the mornings without it causing my make up to slip throughout the day, so I can see this being suitable for more combination skin types too, perhaps as a night time treatment.
Caudalie Divine Oil | £17.50 for 50ml
From a renowned skincare brand this oil is a brilliant multi-tasker; it can be used on the skin, hair, nails, or even as a bath oil. It always hydrates my skin beautifully and the dry texture makes it sit under my make up perfectly. I tend to reach for this more as a body or a hair oil however because it has quite a strong scent.
REN Rose Moisture Defence Serum | £42 for 30ml
A little pricey but beautiful and well worth the investment if your skin is particularly dry or dehydrated. It really helps to lock-in moisture and banish any dry patches. This is the one I reach for every night during the winter months to ensure my skin is well moisturised & prepared for make up the next morning.
Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil | £17.50 for 30ml
If I could only choose one facial oil, it would be this one. It's a little heavier than the Botanics oil but it doesn't feel greasy on my skin. In the colder months a drop mixed in with my morning moisturiser is the perfect antidote to any dry patches or tightness, and three drops underneath my moisturiser in the evenings provides a wonderfully hydrating overnight treatment. I've already repurchased because I don't want to be without it.
Antonia Burrell Facial Oil Serum* | £58.80 for 15ml
This one is incredibly expensive. It makes a lot of big claims, most of which I couldn't honestly say whether they're true or not, but it does help with congestion and blemishes. My skin always feels very balanced and any blemishes look slightly reduced the morning after. It's just that little bit too far out of my price range at the moment, but it's undoubtedly a good quality oil.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse | £17 for 50ml
This is very similar to the Caudalie Divine Oil and I like it for pretty much the same reasons. Again it has quite a strong scent and although my skin doesn't react in any way to it, I rarely use it on my face. I do apply it regularly on to my neck and I love that the dry texture ensures everything is absorbed quickly.
My top three:
Botanics Facial Oil - a light night time treatment, or a morning hydration boost.
Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil - an all-year round wonderful option.
REN Rose Moisture Defence Serum - an intense night time treatment for the coldest months.
Do you like to incorporate oils in your skincare routine?