Our top picks of oil-based beauty products for your face, body and hair.
We totally understand if you feel somewhat icky or unsure about oil-based beauty products, especially since “oil-free” was the buzzword on the skincare scene. It sounds counterintuitive and we know what you’re thinking: “Won’t that clog pores and cause breakouts?” But the thing is, oils are ultra-nourishing to the skin.
Beauty oils benefit all skin types, even the oily to combination ones. They can penetrate deep into the skin to regulate sebum production, have great hydrating powers that support the healthy formation of your skin’s natural barrier and overall, improve your skin’s condition. Just note that when it comes to beauty oils, a little goes a long way.
Here are our top picks, including a few that have achieved *cult status.
HadaLabo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Cleansing Oil HK$129/200ml. There’re two key ingredients: high purity olive oil gives you baby smooth skin and a beautiful glow while the super hyaluronic acid provides intense, lasting hydration. This high performance cleansing oil emulsifies well and dissolves all makeup, including waterproof mascara. Free of fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil and colorant. Available at Sasa stores.
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil HK$400/40ml. Designed for oily, combination skin type, it’s made of 100% pure plant extracts consisting of rosewood, geranium and lotus extracts. It works to purify, tighten pores and refine skin texture. There’s also an element of hazelnut oil which softens and locks in moisture in your skin. This feels luxurious and the relaxing scent is perfect for use at night. Available at Clarins boutiques and counters.
Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Moisturising Body Wash HK$195/250ml. A gentle body wash with jojoba oil and oat amino acids. These conditioning ingredients leave your skin feeling soft and supple. We love the subtle smell of lavender and herbs. Available at Shop 138, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Tel: 2523 8668
Moroccanoil Treatment HK$400/100ml. The product contains avocado oil and argan oil – that latter is rich in essential fatty acids and touted as liquid gold. This tames frizzy flyaways and repairs dry damaged locks without weighing hair down. What you get is smooth, silky hair with a healthy shine to it. Available at Toni & Guy, G/F, 15 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2801 7870
*NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil HK$240/100ml. A blend of 6 oils (borage, St. John’s wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia) and vitamin E, this dry oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly into your skin. It repairs and softens skin texture. This can be used on the face, body and hair but we suggest applying this more on the body. It treats and protects dry nails and cuticles too. Available at Sasa stores.