When it comes to facial oils, ultra-nourishing doesn’t have to mean ultra-greasy. These not only have potent anti-ageing, hydrating and rebalancing beneﬁ ts, but are also super lightweight and fast absorbing.
1 YSL Beauty Forever Youth Liberator Water-in-oil, $189
Watery capsules holding the brand’s key anti-ageing ingredient, Glycanactif complex, are contained within a base of jojoba and rose hip seed oils. The refreshing, light-as-water texture melts into skin with zero shine.
2 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-over Miracle Oil, $53
A camellia-based oil with added grapeseed, avocado and sunflower oils to condition and soften. It dispenses as a fine mist, and can be used on the face, body and hair, leaving an almost invisible trace.
3 Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-defense Barrier-boosting Essence Oil, $89
An antioxidant-rich oil that promises to strengthen skin’s barrier, it has lady’s thistle – a traditional homeopathic remedy for skin irritation – as well as evening primrose and camellia oils to hydrate and soothe.
4 Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil, $232
A multi-tasking blend of argan, evening primrose, safflower, jojoba and macadamia nut oils, it can be used on the face as a serum, or on the hands, body and hair to soften and moisturise. Bonus points for its relaxing Japanese yuzu fragrance.
5 Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, $270
Intensely rich in precious ingredients like rose extract and essential oil, as well as camellia, plum and magnolia oils, it has an ultra-fine texture that leaves a satiny finish with no shine or greasiness. Use it on its own, or under moisturiser.
6 Verso Super Facial Oil, $315, Escentials
With the brand’s signature anti-ageing Retinol 8 complex, this moisturising oil is made of sunflower and canola oils. It works to reduce skin inflammation from external aggressors, as well as maintain skin’s hydration levels.
7 The Skin Pharmacy Serum No. 6, $129.90
The no-frills bottle belies the intensely nourishing blend of rose otto, immortelle, camomile and frankincense essential oils in a base of argan and marula oils. Together, the ingredients work to soothe, protect and firm ageing skin.
8 Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme, $360
Even with rich conditioning ingredients like coconut, evening primrose and jojoba oils, this repairing powerhouse disappears into skin quickly, leaving a soft, velvety finish.
9 The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, $65.90
Packed with potent oils such as black cumin seed, camellia and rose hip seed, as well as seven essential oils, including lavender, rosemary and geranium, this anti-ageing daily facial oil melts into skin with a non-greasy finish.