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Keep your skin hydrated and nourished all season long with these top-notch face oils

As much as we love cosying up with warm cups of cocoa and donning our favourite sweaters, the winter season can wreak havoc on our skin. A good moisturiser can help minimise dryness and signs of irritation at the first sign of change in weather, but the drier climate may have already taken quite a toll, especially if you experience dryness or redness year-round.

Enter face oil: slightly more luxurious—not to mention effective—than the heavy creams on your vanity, which is prized for promoting hydration and strengthening the skin barrier, resulting in a healthy glow—even during cold winter months.

While face oils may sound intimidating to those with oily or acne-prone skin, they are essential to anyone’s routine and are the key to achieving a luminous complexion. The secret to success? Be sure to pick the right product for your skin type and goals, use it correctly and consistently for maximum impact.

Scroll down to see our top picks for the best face oils to use during the winter season. Whether you’re after smoother skin, deep hydration or a red carpet glow, there’s a formula that ticks all the boxes. 

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1. Aesop Fabulous Face Oil

Pretty much any kind of face oil offers hydrating benefits for dry skin—but if you’re struggling with super dehydrated skin, give this product a try. Touting a soothing blend of floral extracts—think juniper berry, ylang ylang and jasmine petal, Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil is a lightweight formula that can be easily absorbed into the skin, ensuring optimum hydration and visible nourishment. Bonus points for a mind-soothing scent that doubles as aromatherapy

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2. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

Sunday Riley’s all-natural, cruelty-free and high-performance skincare products have long been a staple for beauty gurus, and this face oil is no exception. The formula boasts THD ascorbate—a highly stable form of vitamin C that reduces fine lines—and is enriched with a blend of golden turmeric, red raspberry and jojoba oil to deliver quick relief to irritated dry skin. You can also apply a few drops onto the skin before applying foundation for a healthy, glowing finish.

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3. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Drunk Elephant’s marula facial oil is a cult favourite for a good reason. Not only can the product be used alone to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and achieve a brightening glow, but it can also be dropped into other skincare products as a nourishing booster or applied to the neck, hands, and even hair to add shine. Just like the brand’s other hero products, this face oil is free from harmful chemicals and fragrances, making it ideal for all skin types including sensitive skin. 

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4. La Mer The Renewal Oil

This face oil from La Mer is a splurge, but it's totally worth it. The luxury treatment is infused with powerful antioxidant lime tea extract and the brand’s patented Miracle Broth—a cell-renewing elixir, which works to nourish dry skin types and smooth out texture, leaving you with a glowing, youthful-looking complexion instantly and over time.

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5. Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil

Give your skin some love with Eve Lom’s face oil that does wonders in treating dehydration and boosting skin’s radiance. It features a blend of hemp seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin C to take away signs of sensitivity and reduce fine lines, which also has a lovely scent derived from premium Bulgarian rose otto oil that will help you relax and lull you to sleep.  

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6. Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr – Noni Glow Face Oil

Supermodel Miranda Kerr’s clean beauty brand Kora Organics only offers the most efficacious products, so you can place your trust in this face oil, which is enriched with noni extract to soothe and restore your skin’s glow. The formula boasts a blend of antioxidant-rich rosehip, pomegranate and sea buckthorn oil that improves the appearance of fine lines, minimises irritation while increasing skin elasticity. Untouched by parabens and synthetic fragrances, it will work miracles on all skin types.

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7. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Just because this is more budget-friendly doesn’t make it any less effective. This product from The Ordinary is made of 100 per cent pure rosehip oil, which promotes smoother and hydrated skin with a blend of linolenic acid and vitamin A. Apply a few drops before you go to sleep, and you’ll wake up with a visibly radiant, more youthful-looking complexion. 

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8. Augustinus Bader The Face Oil

Those with oily or acne-prone skin will love this formula from Augustinus Bader. Powered by TFC8® (Trigger Factor Complex), the brand’s patented technology, the face oil is packed with skin-loving proteins and nutrients that promises an instant hydrating boost and locks in moisture without leaving any greasy residue. Plus, it helps reduce signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation.

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9. Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil

Tatcha’s face oil is a nourishing yet incredibly lightweight, and fast-absorbing formula to hydrate and protect skin. Rich in camellia oil and squalane, the formula sinks into deep layers of skin easily to deliver hydration and reduce flaky patches. It’s enriched with licorice root extract to fight inflammation and make your skin glow, which also comes with a pleasant botanical scent, making it a perfect product to end your nighttime skincare routine with.

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