Face oils aren't just beneficial for those with dry skin. They can even be used to combat acne and excess sebum. By Carina Koh
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Face oils are a luxurious addition to your skincare routine. Besides hydration, some oils also provide skin-clarifying and anti-ageing benefits. They should be applied on damp skin for better absorption, so we recommend using it immediately after a shower or after a toner or softening lotion.
You just rub a couple of drops between your palms to warm up the oil, then press it gently into your skin for the best absorption. If you find richer oils too greasy, use them as a night treatment.
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Oil cleansers help to purify the skin while maintaining its pH balance by removing makeup, impurities and excess sebum without stripping away its natural protective oils in the process. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil ($160, www.sephora.sg) has extracts of nourishing Asian plants such as ginseng (known for its anti-ageing properties), golden bamboo and camellia. Its gentle, water-like formula cleanses off even waterproof makeup easily without leaving a greasy film.
Facial oils can be highly effective in plumping the skin and inhibiting moisture loss. Oils are lipophilic – that is, they pass through the skin’s lipid layer faster and are better absorbed compared to creams. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil ($142, www.dermalogica.com.sg ) is so light, it sinks into skin instantly, so you can use it under makeup in the mornings. It has plant-based oils such as camellia to work on restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier, and sunflower and rosemary extracts to reportedly help prevent free-radical damage.
This story was first published in the January 2017 issue of Her World magazine.