As we age, the skin’s natural oils decrease, leading to a weakened barrier that can’t keep moisture in. These beauty oils can pass quickly through the skin to the lipid layer to fortify it, so pick one with properties that suit your specific needs.
Chanel Huile de Jasmin ($216)
Chanel’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, first created this oil in 1927 for use in face massages. This is the 2017 version with camellia, white meadowfoam, jojoba and vegetal squalene oils. It melts into skin to fortify it and keep it supple while giving it a satiny glow. And its jasmine fragrance helps soothe a tired mind.
Kenzoki Belle de Jour Sacred Lotus Face Oil ($120)
Inspired by 1,300-year-old lotus seeds discovered at the bottom of a lake in northern China, it protects skin with extracts of handpicked seeds from lotus plants that Kenzo cultivates in Laos.
Laneige Water Bank Double Layering Oil ($50)
With fatty acids from passion flower seed oil and vitamin E, the oil-water emulsion helps skin maintain the right oil-to-water ratio for optimum barrier function. It leaves a light but protective film on your skin to give a dewy glow and seal in moisture.
Kose Sekkisei Supreme Whitening Herbal Oil ($74)
A compound of oriental plants, and essential oils such as lavandin, rosemary and camomile, impart a distinctive herbal scent to this oil. The ingredients are believed to help prevent the formation of blemishes and freckles, as well as to moisturise, firm, and restore a translucent shine to dull and stressed skin.
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil ($57)
Formulated with green tea seeds and leaves harvested from Jeju Island using eco-friendly practices, this product has anti- inflammatory properties to calm and soothe, and vitamin E and amino acids to deeply hydrate and nourish skin – all without leaving a greasy after-feel or shine.