With adult acne problems more rife than ever, oil might be the last thing you’d think of applying in the hope of achieving a brighter, clearer and more youthful complexion, but a good quality facial oil is actually the super-secret weapon you never knew you needed.
Drenched in amazing skin-friendly ingredients, the latest formulations are so advanced that they really are suited to all skin types.
Problem skin is often caused by dehydration, so (against your better judgement) slathering on ultra-hydrating moisturisers and locking in that moisture with a facial oil afterwards is a surefire way to transport you to youthful, glowing skin.
With a number of anti-ageing benefits to oils, as well as the aromatic scent that leaves you feeling relaxed and fresh; you really can't afford to skip this wonder product.
The Red beauty team have reviewed our all-time favourite facial oils, from Sisley to Darphin, to help you find your perfect match.
And if that hasn't convinced you to invest in one, let us help you debunk the 6 common myths around facial oils here, trust us, you'll be converted in no time.
If you’ve always shied away from face oils, make this your month to try one – nothing else works faster to re-plump and restore suppleness to dry skin. We’re hooked on this beautifully light and silky new one from Sisley.
Yes, it’s pricey, but you only need a few drops and you really feel the nourishing benefits of the omega-rich formula, distilled down from thousands of Bulgarian rose petals.
Massage into clean skin, or mix with your favourite moisturiser, and watch your skin bloom.
Reviewed by Kim Parker
Why we love: Packed with high-quality plant oils to lock moisture into skin, we can't get enough of this latest night saviour from Sanoflore.
Why we love: If you're after great skin and body care that costs as little as £4, is super-hydrating and does some good, look at the My Trusty sunflower range. Developed by skincare scientists at the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, it’s free from parabens and artificial perfume, and all profits go back to the NHS.
Why we love: Intensely nurturing and a joy to apply we love de Mamiel's attention to detail. Everything about this elixir is thought through - from the illuminating marine samphire to the moisturising hyaluronic acid.
Why we love: Harnesses plant power at its most carefully and consciously sourced.
Why we love: Ideal for greasy and spot-prone skin.
Why we love: A hydrating all-rounder for every skin type.
Why we love: From dullness to dehydration, there's something for all in this range of six targeted skin fixes.
Why we love: We’re big fans of Una Brennan’s purse friendly but super-effective skincare here at Red HQ.
The entire product line is designed to feel luxurious and smell amazing, akin to an at-home facial – and this rose oil is no exception.
Technically a pre-cleanse oil, massage a healthy dose into skin to loosen make-up, dirt and grime before removing with a damp muslin cloth and cleansing again with a cream cleanser or face wash for squeaky clean skin.
However, for times when moisturiser just won’t cut it, we also like to use a couple of drops of the oil beneath our usual night cream for an extra hydrating and repairing treat while we sleep.
Why we love: The luxury option bar none.
Why we love: This beautifully aromatic facial oil smells of Jasmine and orange blossom - fresh and zesty - the perfect way to start your morning.
A few drops smothered on your face and neck post-moisturiser will seal in the hydration and stave away fine lines and wrinkles (particularly good for the forehead).
Feedback after wearing for week was that skin looks 'glowing'. That's good enough for us!
Jasmine Aromatic Care Facial Oil, £70,
Why we love: This dehydrated skin saviour is a Red favourite. Packed with potent plant extracts that quench thirsty skin while balancing oily areas, keep this to hand all year round to keep skin protected from changing weather conditions and drying central heating or air con.
This is one product that makes us notice if we skip a night: just a small amount warmed between palms and pressed into clean skin delivers a healthy dewy glow almost instantly, somehow minimising the appearance of any fine lines while it’s at it.
In fact, it’s so hydrating, that even on really dehydrated skin you can afford to skip your usual night cream and keep this as your all-in-one overnight hero.
Reviewed by Ashleigh McMorran
Why we love: Building on its much-loved Skin Balancing Face Oil, Jurlique has just launched two new anti-ageing face oils.
Designed to target the first signs of ageing, the Herbal Recovery Antioxidant face oil is a well priced mid-range option that’s aimed primarily at the late 20s and early 30s age bracket.
Promising to replenish essential moisture and soften fine lines, it’s a great everyday add on to your skincare regime.
Combining skin replenishing botanicals such as camomile, this product also contains avocado to nourish and squalane to boost the skins natural ability to regenerate.
With an easy to use drop applicator, warm two or three drops of the oil in your hands before gently pressing into face, neck and décolletage until fully absorbed.
Use is recommended once daily – either in the morning or evening but for those who don’t want to add in an extra skincare step, try adding a couple of drops to your day or night cream for an added moisture hit.
Reviewed by Marisa Bell
Why we love: A super-light oil that just sinks into skin, Kiehl’s Mightnight Recovery Concentrate has quickly become a key part of our night-time routine.
It smells comfortingly spa-like and contains omega rich evening primrose oil and rosehip seed oils to really nourish and plump skin, as well as lavender essence to soothe frazzled minds.
A couple of drops goes a long way.
A firm favourite with both the beauty and fashion teams here at Red.
Reviewed by Kim Parker
Why we love: Kiss goodbye to tired, lifeless skin and say hello to this Origins clutch-sized facial oil.
Packed with plant extracts, from evening primrose to rosehip oil, this nourishing number works to soften pesky fine lines and is also extremely effective at perking up a dull complexion, we noticed a difference within days.
A must-try for lovers of a natural dewy glow and also for those in need of a little at-home facial lift.