If you’re one of those people who believe facial oils can do more harm than good to your skin, then keep reading…

While cleanser, serum, moisturiser and sunscreen are no doubt apart of your daily beauty routine, lots of women are yet to embrace the high-performance benefits of facial oils. And, we know exactly what your thinking: “Isn’t oil the enemy of skin and the primary cause of excess shine?”

We know using a face oil can seem counterintuitive — especially if you’re breakout-prone — but this one is an age old beauty myth.

The short answer: face oils are excellent for all different skin types. They help to repair and protect your skin’s natural barrier.

Still can’t commit to the slick? Just add one or two drops into your moisturiser for an extra boost of hydration to your skin. Alternatively, go The Full Monty and apply a face oil all over your naked face for a luxurious night skin treatment. You’ll awake to find glowing skin full of moisture, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘beauty sleep’.

Here, we’ve tried and tested five of the best face oils to ensure you’ll never be caught with a dry and dull complexion this winter. All you have to do is choose.

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1. The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba + Rosehip Oil

Got tired, dull skin? No worries. Natural Australian jojoba is a wonder ingredient. Why? Well, here’s why: it is the only plant in the world known to produce a liquid wax like that is found in healthy, young human skin. It works to restructure and rejuvenate skin — even aiding the healing process of scars and stretch marks. Cool, eh? In the Gritty Pretty office, we’re hooked on this beautifully light and silky face oil, which when combined with the antioxidant benefits of rosehip, provides an indulgent experience that produces visible results and long term benefits. Stock up now.

Overall rating: 8/10

2. Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil 

Sure, chia seeds might make for a delicious pudding or a healthy breakfast smoothie but these tiny pips can also help nourish your skin with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which fight off free radicals — one of the main causes of skin ageing. In fact, these tiny little seeds of goodness are the highest known plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids. This little vial sees 1kg of chia seeds pressed to produce 250ml of chia seed oil. The result is a pale yellow, super fine, dry-like texture means it doesn’t clog pores and can be worn by combination skin types. How do you apply it? Well, first, clean your face. Then pat/gently press on a few drops. Next, apply your moisturiser and SPF … or apply makeup … or go to bed … or drop the kids off at school … or read a book … or go stand up paddle boarding … you get the drift. It’s an all-round lifesaver.

Overall rating: 9/10

3. Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Face oils are like fragrances — they’re made up of raw ingredients and the more rare, pure or sustainably sourced these ingredients, the more costly the final formula can be. This means some face oils can set you back some coin but more often than not, they are a luxury worth investing in. Enter this impressive dry oil by Sunday Riley that is packed full of amino acids, Vitamin C and Omega 3, 6, & 9. Bursting with an addictive smell, this liquid gold is versatile and easy to slip into your beauty routine. It sinks deeply (and quickly) into skin leaving a velvety finish. Watch it work its magic in a matter of weeks. Oh, and did we mention this bad boy was a backstage favourite at Stella McCartney? Yeah, we’ll take two, thanks.

Overall rating: 8.5/10

4. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil

Beauty juggernaut L’Oréal Paris has carefully selected eight essential oils including lavender, orange and rosemary — all renowned for their anti-ageing properties. With its indulgent, subtle fragrance, this golden elixir will leave your face and neck feeling rejuvenated and nourished with each drop. Glowing, radiant skin is rapidly restored with just two drops each day. Yeah, this beauty is worth every penny.

Overall rating: 7.5/10

5. Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil

Want a brighter, fresher and more youthful complexion? Meet Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil. With a delightful nourishing texture, this supercharged formula sinks into skin perfectly. Overflowing with skin-gobbling goodies such as Vitamin C and other powerful healing properties, regular use of this delicate oil supports strong, tighter collagen for smoother looking skin and boost’s skin metabolism to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s soft floral fragrance — hello rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena and rose geranium — will leave you wanting to drain every last drop. Add this to your skin care regimen for an added (and oh, so welcome) moisture boost.

Overall rating: 8/10

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Tell us, do you use a face oil?

Which one do you recommend?


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