Fantastic face oils

Friday, 28 June 2013

A couple of years ago the word “oil” was completely taboo when it came to skin care. We didn’t apply anything to our faces unless it was labelled “oil-free” and we made sure our moisturisers had lightweight formulations. In the past year or two, the entire beauty industry changed its tune.

With the rise in “super oils” (think argan, lavender and avocado), we’ve seen cosmetic houses across the globe create hair oils, body oils, facial oils, and even all-over-oils, designed to promote youth, hydrate and do just about everything you could dream of!

Face oils

This winter, we’re loving face oils. Consisting of 100% pure natural oils (either blended or single) they absorb incredibly fast, despite their oily texture. Filled with antioxidants and vitamins many of them act as anti-inflammatories and have a calming effect on the skin.

Face oils hydrate better than many moisturisers as they are lipophilic (fat-loving), which means they pass through the lipid layer of ours skins faster and prevents moisture loss and dehydration. This makes them particularly great for dry skins, ageing skins and mature skin.

But with so many on the market, how should you go about choosing one? If you’re looking for optimum hydration, look for a product that contains or consists of argan oil. Avocado oil is good for rosacea as it has a calming effect, whilst pomegranate is filled with vitamin C, making it great for fighting pigmentation. If you have oily skin or breakouts, opt for antiseptic lavender oil.

Apply a few drops of oil to your skin after cleansing and toning, and follow with your usual sunscreen. 

Here, a few of our favourite face oils:

1. Comfort Zone Renight Vitamin Integrator, R535

2. Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil, R410

3. Sh’Zen Natural Essence Skin Life Oil, R319

4. Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil, R422

5. Justine Tissue Oil Facial Treatment with Rosehip, R240

6. Decléor Aromessence Neroli, R555

Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Tiaan Smith

    Justine is a great choice. I used to have this bad scar and Justine’s Tissue oil almost got rid of it entirely

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Very interesting! I will try the Justine Tissue Oil facial treatment.

    6 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    I love Sh’zen Natural Essence!! They also have an amazing new Jasmine essence for your face that’s so light. It absorbs super fast and leaves your skin feeling amazing!

    6 years ago •

  1. hay

    Oils don’t work too well on my face.

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    The Decleor one is fantastic! I have used it before and it helped my dehydrated skin tonnes!! I want to now try the Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil – although I prefer using oils at night to help repair, nourish and hydrate my dehydrated skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. Peach

    Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil, perfect for dry skin, specially in Winter.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I am using Justine Tissue Oil Facial Treatment with Rosehip, it improve dryness, it is so handy this winter!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I have used justice tissue oil for years

    6 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    The Decleor sounds amazing, but it is a bit out of my price range.

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    I have always been way too afraid to put any oil on to my face, but I think I will give it a go. I use the Justine tissue oil on my skin so maybe I’ll try the facial treatment.

    6 years ago •

  1. Butterfly6.2

    My skin is oily enough but I would like to get it even-toned, maybe the pomegranate will help

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi RoseAngel
    As explained in the article, if you are prone to breakouts and acne, a lavender oil would be best. If you’re uncertain about the suitability of a product for your skin, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Will it be ok to use on of these oils for acne prone skin? I have a lot of active breakouts and dark marks from previous pimples so obviously it will help with marks but will it make my adult acne flair up? My current skin care range is eucerin an have been on it for three days now. The full available system ???? Please can someone enlighten me

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    How does these work on the skin won’t it make the face oily

    6 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    I’ve heard rave reviews for Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Havent tried any of these. :( I have used the kielhs MRS :)

    6 years ago •

  1. SG

    I’m also totally for Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These look lovely just a bit hesitant to use as my skin is more oily than dry

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’m currently using the Khiel’s midnight recovery oil which I love. Very keen to give the Sh’Zen one a bash as well, not that pricy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The Clarins face oil range is divine – my go-to treatment for winter skin!

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I apply tissue oil to my face.. Johnsons

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Nice – i just cannot process using argan oil for both face and hair…..seems odd!

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I really like the Justine Tissue Oil range

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Even 1 and three quarter litres of water a day does not help my skin. Only makes me run often. Maybe this can help my very dehydrated skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyBotha

    love the products!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    In winter i prefer to use oil on my face. i like the look of Dr Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil and Sh’Zen Natural Essence Skin Life Oil..

    6 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Hmm All these seem a bit pricey so might stick to my normal routine,

    6 years ago •

  1. Dustin

    I love using Face Oils especially in Winter, I must admit though my personal favorite is from Clarins, they have been doing them forever and all smell wonderful.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the article with try the antiseptic lavender oil as I have a very oily skin, maybe it will help.

    6 years ago •

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