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The 10 best luxury facial oils to nourish your skin

Soothe your dry skin this winter with our favourite facial oils 

Best Luxury Facial Oils
Orin Carlin
Orin CarlinContent Writer
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Sumptuous wool coats, silky tights, and glossy boots - the colder months present plenty of sartorial joys. However, beauty-wise, parkier temperatures are less than favourable.

Winter can wreak havoc on the skin's barrier – especially if you are on the drier (lacking oil, not to be confused with dehydrated types, who lack water) side.

And it's not exactly difficult to work out why. Blustery gales and blasts of central heating are practically a match made in skincare hell, and can leave your face feeling sore and uncomfortably tight. 

Our winter skincare saviour comes in the form of a quality facial oil. Facial massage using a rich, indulgent oil as the base is a super effective beauty hack if you're impatient and wanting your skin to appear plumper and more glowy tomorrow than it did today.

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What are the skincare benefits of a facial oil?

A nourishing oil can make the world of difference when it comes to battling winter skincare woes. Dry patches, flakiness, chapped areas – all characteristically unsexy, and yet, these are unbelievably common skin issues that many suffer when the chillier months come knocking.

"Facial oils are great for helping your skin stay moisturised and retain its natural barrier," explains aesthetic practitioner Carrie Hancox from London's Centre for Surgery. "They deliver missing lipids to the surface of the skin and help address skin concerns, like dryness and dullness."

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Where should facial oil sit within your skincare routine?

Model with clear, glowing skin © Getty
Apply a facial oil as the last step in your evening skincare routine

Applying oil under your makeup is generally inadvisable as its slip means that it won't provide a solid, grippy base for your foundation to latch onto and come lunchtime, your makeup will be all over the shop.

Use a facial oil as the last step in your evening skincare routine before slipping under the covers. Cleanse your face and swipe a cotton pad doused in liquid exfoliant over your face (beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid are excellent for sloughing away dead skin cells). Many skincare enthusiasts then go in with an active treatment, like a serum. 

Follow up with a few drops of a nourishing facial oil. Swipe the product over both your palms and massage it gently but firmly into the skin.

How we chose:

Hello! Fashion's resident beauty obsessive Orin Carlin has scrupulously tested a range of facial oils and picked out the formulas that deliver the goods in terms of nourishment, glow and luxuriousness.

Hello! Fashion shares the best luxury facial oils to nourish your skin: 

  • Best Luxury Facial Oils

    Oskia Facial Oil

    Restoration Oil

    Oskia

    Oskia's Restoration Oil is the perfect beauty antidote to a raging cold. Chapped skin and dullness are no match for this soothing blend of African acmella, evening primrose, heart seed vine and echium. Plus, the luxurious scent is utterly lovely and invigorating.

  • Indie Lee Squalane Oil

    Squalane Facial Oil

    Indie Lee

    Squalane is one of those rare hero ingredients (mostly sourced from olives or sugarcane) that works on all skin types and rarely causes sensitivity. Indie Lee's version is simple, yet effective and sits at a reasonable price point. Light, non-greasy and no-nonsense - ideal for oily types and people who are slightly fearful of oil alike.

  • Vintner's Daughter Facial Oil

    Active Botanical Serum

    Vintner's Daughter

    I'm wary of recommending products that sit quite so far on the upper end of the price spectrum, but Vintner's Daughter's Active Botanical Serum is truly first-rate. (Sorry.) Granted, it is marketed as a 'serum', but the delectable blend of glow-boosting ingredients (nettle, rosehip, lavender, lemon and the like) is oily - and therefore qualifies, with flying colours I might add. The spa-like scent is heavenly and it leaves my skin feeling supple and lush.

  • Trish McEvoy Facial Oil

    Beauty Booster Oil

    Trish McEvoy

    Trish McEvoy's Beauty Booster was one of the least 'oily' oils that I tried - and it has turned into an unexpected favourite. The formula is packed with hyaluronic acid as well as bakuchiol (a vegan retinol alternative) - excellent for dehydrated types. Absorption is virtually instant and the non-greasy finish means that I have found myself breaking my own rule and mixing a couple of drops in with my moisturiser to layer under makeup (with no issues). 

  • Decleor Facial Oil

    Rose Damascena Aromessence Essential Oil-Serum

    Decléor

    From its inception in 1974, Decléor has prided itself on delivering premium, treatment-grade oils, and its Rose Damascena Aromessence is a glow-boosting triumph. The scent is palatable even for those who naturally steer clear of rose - alongside geranium and chamomile it is categorically mellow and relaxing. 

  • Face Oil

    Face Oil

    Soho Skin

    This antioxidant-rich blend by Soho Skin is great if dullness is one of your major skin gripes. I find that I look easily more refreshed and bouncy after working this into my skin before bed. Another great choice if you favour quick absorption. 

  • Emma Lewisham Supernatural Face Oil

    Supernatural Face Oil

    Emma Lewisham

    Emma Lewisham's Supernatural Face Oil is great for softening fine lines and is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to replenish moisture and support skin barrier function. It has a comforting, slightly medicinal scent and the combination of squalene and bakuchiol means that my skin is always left satiated and supple after application. 

  • Eve Lom Radiance Oil

    Radiance Oil

    Eve Lom

    Dull, lacklustre complexions stand no chance against Eve Lom's Radiance Oil. The silky blend of hemp seed, avocado and Abyssinian oil provides nourishment, and raspberry stem cell extract consistently delivers a post-facial-worthy level of illumination. 

  • MV Skintherapy Rose Plus Booster Oil

    Rose Plus Booster

    MV Skintherapy

    Whenever my skin is feeling delicate, (i.e. after some overenthusiastic flannel action) I find myself turning to MV Skintherapy's Rose Plus Booster to ease inflammation and soothe any sore patches. The Bulgarian rose and rosehip oil blend is specifically designed to balance out the redness associated with damaged capillaries and rosacea – a strong contender if your personal skin concerns align. My mini, hand luggage-friendly version has accompanied me on countless flights this year. 

  • Inika Facial Oil

    Bakuchiol Serum

    Inika Organic

    For those with dry skin who are wanting to combat signs of ageing, the so-called retinol purge may be too much to bear. Bakuchiol is a great plant-derived, antioxidant alternative which smoothes tone, texture and, crucially, demands no downtime. I'm now completely out of my Bakuchiol Serum by Inika Organic – testament to how much I got on with it, as a beauty journalist who is constantly moving onto the next sample. The formula is light, sensitive skin-friendly and comfy, combining the hero ingredient with olive-sourced squalene.  

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