Facial oils used to get a bad rep due to their name. After all, who would want to make their skin more oily and greasy than it already is? As if turns out, adding a facial oil to your routine will probably be one of the best things you can do to your skin, especially if you are looking to combat or prevent premature signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Not only are facial oils packed with antioxidants and nutrients to repair and restore skin’s firmness, they also lock in the moisture to keep skin supple with less pronounced wrinkles. If you are new to the world of facial oils, here are the 16 best oils for face wrinkles to help you get started.
1. Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
If you are into anti-ageing skincare, you probably know that retinoids, a family of vitamin A derivatives, are the key to youthful, glowing skin. They can stimulate collagen production, regenerate cell growth and reduce inflammation, which makes them an effective ingredient in both anti-ageing and anti-acne products.
If you’re not into retinol creams, but are looking for a nourishing facial oil, you can consider one of the best facial oils around that contains a vitamin A derivative: Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil. This contains a hyper-effective natural form of retinoic acid from rosehip oil to help fight the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing such as dryness or uneven skin tone.
It also provides the skin with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals to nourish the skin from the inside.
Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil retails for SGD179, available at Sephora.
2. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
If there is one product that sparked our obsession with facial oils, it is probably the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. The key ingredient of this cult favourite oil is trans-retinoic acid ester, which helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, and smooth out uneven texture.
If you are wondering about the product’s iconic blue colour, it’s not for aesthetic purposes! The blue colour actually comes from a compound named azulene, present in the two ingredients: blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils. Azulene offers powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness and heal damaged skin.
It also contains avocado and chia seed oils, with vitamins B,C,D,E, and A as well as Omega 3, to plump up the skin and blur out fine lines.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil retails for SGD153 (35ml), available at Sephora.
3. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Drunk Elephant is well-known for their straightforward and highly effective skincare solutions and the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is no exception.
It contains 100% unrefined Marula kernel oil that has gone through a raw, cold-press extraction and filtration process that preserves the oil’s skincare benefits.
What makes Marula oil such a great anti-ageing solution is the high concentration of polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps fight against free radical damage on the skin such as wrinkles, dark spots and uneven skin tone.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil retails for SGD102 (30ml), available at Sephora.
4. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
If you want a facial oil with both anti-ageing benefits and calming properties that give you a good night’s sleep, definitely consider Kiehl’s best-selling Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a powerful blend of botanical oils: Lavender essential oil, Evening Primrose oil and Squalane.
If you are not familiar with Squalane, it is a a botanical lipid derived from olives and is Kiehl’s signature ingredient featured in many of their products due to its ability to repair the skin’s barrier and minimise the appearance of wrinkles.
The Evening Primrose oil further helps with the wrinkle-correcting effect by restoring the skin’s elasticity, keeping it firm, smooth and wrinkle-free.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate retails for SGD80 (30ml), available at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide.
5. Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil
Wrinkles on dry skin tend to appear more noticeable compared to oily and normal skin due to the lower levels of sebum that keeps skin supple and smooth. That’s why it’s all the more important for people with dry skin to incorporate anti-ageing, wrinkle-correcting products into their routine.
The Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil is specially formulated for dry and extra dry skin with 100% pure plant extracts that are ultra nourishing. The Hazelnut oil provides intense hydration and moisture to prevent the formation of fine lines while the blend of Sandalwood, Cardamom and Lavender helps sooth dry and irritated skin.
Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil retails for SGD80 (30ml), available at all Clarins stores islandwide.
6. Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil
Herbivore Botanicals is a reliable go-to brand for those looking for natural yet effective skincare solutions. Their products are 100% all-natural with an emphasis on plant-based and organic ingredients.
Their Phoenix Facial Oil contains a blend of rosehip and chia seed oils to smooth out fine lines and even out skin texture. It is formulated without fillers so moisture, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants can easily absorb into your skin and deliver optimal skincare benefits.
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil retails for SGD44 (8ml), available at Sephora.
7. Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
Facial oils already feel so luxurious on your face, but if you want to up the luxury factor, this Rose Gold Elixir infused with 24-karat gold with real gold flakes should be your next beauty purchase.
Containing a blend of Rosehip, Safflower and Pumpkin oils, the Rose Gold Elixir is packed with anti-ageing goodness such as linolenic acids, vitamins A, C and E to correct fine lines and discolouration. The gold flakes will help brighten up your overall complexion, giving your skin a more glowy, youthful look.
Unlike some other facial oils on this list, the Rose Gold Elixir can be used both during the day and over night thanks to its light, fast-absorbing consistency.
Farsali Rose Gold Elixir retails for SGD82 (30ml), available at Sephora.
8. L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil
The L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil contains one of the brand’s signature ingredient: organic Immortelle essential oil, so if you have already used and loved their other products with this star ingredient, you will love the facial oil, too!
Organic Immortelle essential oil contains twice as much antioxidant as vitamin E, delivering powerful anti-ageing benefits to the skin to reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. That’s not all! The facial oil also contains seven other essential oils packed with nutrients to nourish and repair the skin.
L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil retails for SGD89 (15ml), available at all L’Occitane stores islandwide.
9. Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil
We all know the importance of Omega fatty acids to our brain functions, but did you know they offer great anti-ageing benefits as well? They help repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier and even out skin texture, for soft, supple and wrinkle-free skin.
If you are looking to incorporate products with fatty acids into your routine, the Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil is one of the best options with 99.9% Camelina Oil, containing all nine essential fatty acids. The unique omega 3:6:9 ratio in Camelina oil helps to rejuvenate the skin and enable optimal skin functions.
Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil retails for SGD59 (28.35g), available at Sephora.
10. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Argan oil is one of the best wrinkle-correcting ingredient thanks to its concentration of Vitamin E, oleic acid, and linoleic acid to strenthen the skin’s tissues. It also helps reduce inflammation, soften dry patches and provides the skin with essential nutrients.
That’s why the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil is such a powerful anti-ageing solution, containing, you guessed it, nothing but pure, organic, natural Argan Oil.
It absorbs easily into the skin and leaves a subtle glow on your face, so you can use it as a daytime moisturiser without your skin becoming an oil slick half way through the day.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil retails for USD96 (120ml), available on Amazon.
11. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
For a more affordable option for pure Argan Oil, look no further than the The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil.
As the name suggests, this facial oil contains pure organic argan oil extracted through cold pressing to retain all of its beneficial components such as fatty acids, vitamins, phenols and carotenes.
Besides using this facial oil on your face for its wrinkle-fighting benefits, you can also use it on your hair to repair damaged hair and restore its shine.
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil retails for SGD12, available on LookFantastic.
12. Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil
External aggressors such as sunlight and pollution are the leading cause of skin ageing, which results in premature damages such as wrinkles, dark spots and dull skin tone.
That’s why Caudalie offers a detox solution with their VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil to detoxify your skin by targeting the damage caused by daytime environmental stressors.
It contains a blend of 100% plant-based oils such as grape seed oil, almond oil and bitter orange oil, which are packed with antioxidants to support cell renewal and repair skin damages. You will wake up to brighter, smoother and younger-looking skin!
Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil retails for SGD, available at Sephora.
13. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
For those with sensitive, eczema-prone skin, facial oils may sound like the last thing you want to put on your face since they might clog your pores and agitate your skin. If that is your concern, you might want to check out the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, which is certified organic and has been patch-tested for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
Using both the seed and the fruit of the Rosehip, this facial oil contains one of the highest concentrations of rosehip oil on the market. Rich in omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, as well as carotenoids (which gives the oil its orange colour), the BioRegenerate Oil nourishes and repairs the skin, diminish signs of sun damage such as wrinkles, sun spots and even stretch marks. One of the best facial oils for face wrinkles in the market? You bet!
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil retails for SGD30 (10ml), available at Sephora.
14. Algenist Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil
The Algenist Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil delivers a serum-like high concentration of active ingredients in a luxurious oil texture.
The patented formula contains Microalgae Oil, ceramides and Brown Algae Extract to provide the ultimate skin-repairing benefits such as restoring skin’s elasticity, reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture.
It also contains antioxidant-rich Rosemary Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil to protect the skin from external aggressors that can accelerate skin ageing.
Algenist Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil retails for SGD118 (30ml), available at LookFantastic.
15. Rodial Snake Booster Oil
Don’t let the name of this facial oil scare you!
The word “snake” in the name comes from the unique ingredient Syn®-Ake dipeptide, which gives the skin a mild freeze-like effect, similar to that of the temple viper snake’s venom, to smooth out expression lines and wrinkles.
The facial oil for face wrinkle is also packed with vitamin B5 and peptides, both of which help strengthen skin structure, visibly firm the skin and correct texture issues such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Rodial Snake Booster Oil retails for SGD127 (30ml), available on LookFantastic.
16. Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
This gorgeous bottle contains a two-thousand-year-old Japanese skincare secret: extra virgin Japanese Camellia oil, extracted from camellia seeds on the Goto Islands. Thanks to high amount of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that deliver incredible anti-ageing benefits, Camellia oil has been used by geisha for centuries to preserve their beauty.
Besides Camellia oil, the Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil also contains green tea, rice, and algae extracts, the trio of Japanese anti-ageing superfoods, to visibly improve skin texture and fine lines while the crushed 23-karat gold flakes give the skin a radiant, youthful glow.
Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil retails for SGD135 (30ml), available at Sephora.
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