21 of the best face oils and serums that we’ve ever tried (dry skin, who?).
While an 8-step skincare routine is not for everyone, there are two steps in particular that we should consider for a youthful flow: face oils and serums. Firstly, what exactly is a serum you might ask? Simply explained, the molecules found in serums are much smaller than those found in creams and lotions, which allows ingredients to more easily penetrate the skin which makes the serums so powerful.
So, what is face oil and why should you use it? Face oils have a long history in skincare. In fact, the ancient Egyptians reportedly used oils in cosmetics as early as 4500 B.C.E. The oil has an important role in keeping you hydrated by protecting the outer layer of your skin. Any oil is hydrophobic, including the oils that your face produces, which means that they’ll keep water from escaping. And that, in turn, keeps your skin hydrated. Think of face oil as a super moisturiser.
We’ve been fortunate to try some of the best face oils and serums and below are 21 of our all-time favourite face oils and serums.
Jurlique, Supreme Rejuvenating Serum
A silky-smooth serum clinically tested to help reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, based on 51 subjects using Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum for a period over 28 and 56 days. Apply 1-2 pumps, morning and evening. Gently press and smooth evenly onto face, neck and décolletage.
Jojoba, Ulitmate Youth Potion
Using the full spectrum of vitamins, antioxidants and essential omegas from pure jojoba and plant oils, this facial oil is enriched with the patented L22® formula which mimics the skin lipid profile of a healthy 22-year-old to deeply hydrate, firm and restore the complexion.
RoseHip Plus, Rosehip Oil
A 100% pure and natural Certified Organic rosehip oil, cold-pressed from the highest quality seeds of the Rosehip berry (Rosa Canina) sourced the southern regions of Chile. Rosehip Oil contains naturally occurring bioflavonoids and essential fatty acids. Bioflavonoids act as potent antioxidants, helping to reduce free radical damage in the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9) in the oil help to keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and younger-looking.
Florette, Afterglow Face Serum
Packed with rejuvenating vitamins and essential fatty acids from ingredients like Macadamia, Jojoba, Evening primrose, Olive Squalane and Vitamin B3, brightening actives like Kakadu plum, as well as cell regenerative properties of Sea Buckthorn extract, and the soothing benefits of Aloe Vera. Think of this serum as a multivitamin for your skin.
Biossance, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
This luxuriously lightweight oil delivers a trifecta of skin-loving goodness. The oil-soluble, shelf-stable vitamin C is a potent brightener and elasticity booster. Chios crystal oil firms and revitalizes to give your skin that youthful bounce back, while squalane locks in much-needed moisture. Damascus rose petal extract calms and soothes, leaving behind a soft, natural scent.
Rawkanvas, Yester Oil
A lightweight facial oil which assists to regenerate, soften and revitalise skin for a glowing complexion (and no clogged pores) as supported by active ingredients including Camellia Oil, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil.
Ipsum Best Skin Face Oil Intense Treatment | Travel
A luxurious, supercharged concentrate of pure, organic native plant oils, rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins C, E, B6,1,3,2 and polyphenol antioxidants, for a rejuvenating, hydrating and skin-protecting intensive treatment. Invaluable as a weekly booster treatment to amplify the benefits of a daily skincare regime and essential for restoring and reinvigorating skin’s radiance, while maintaining the equilibrium of the body’s circadian rhythm, so that you look and feel enlivened and glowing with health every time you travel.
essano, Natural Retinol Concentrated Serum
Helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protects the skin against UV damage and inflammation. Bolstered with Rosehip Oil, which, with continuous use, it helps to decrease wrinkles effectively, halts advancement of premature ageing, and restores skin’s natural colour and tone
NIOD, ethylated L-ascorbic acid 30% network
This highly concentrated network complex combines a 30% concentration of highly-stable Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in an antioxidant network of Superoxide Dismutase, Selenium and Zinc to support a strong fight against oxidation while enhancing barrier function, balancing visible discolouration, reviving skin tone, and supporting collagen production and repair mechanisms.
TEOXANE Cosmeceutcals, RHA Serum
An advanced serum that has been carefully formulated to improve a dehydrated, dull or aged skin complexion. Suitable for all skin types, the blend of powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients help to reactivate skin’s natural mechanisms of deep regeneration.
Mesoestetic, Stem Cell Active Growth Factor
Mesoestetic stem cell active growth factor is a leading-edge skin treatment that combines the action of Plant Stem Cells Extract with that of Growth Factors. This regenerative face cream works to achieve complete skin restoration from inside the cell for a revitalised complexion.
A glow-boosting lightweight oil that delivers a restorative burst of nutrients that the skin can recognise as its own. Like a multi-vitamin for the skin, this super-natural oil delivers the ultimate dermal rehabilitation.
The Ordinary, Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane is a water-free solution that contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.
essano, Advance Brightening Vitamin C
Essano Concentrated Serum Advanced Brightening – Vitamin C is a premium, high-potency vitamin C serum proven to reduce pigmentation, lighten dark spots and prevent skin-ageing. Full of antioxidants this low-irritation serum will help brighten skin tone and boost radiance to leave skin positively glowing.
Qed Skincare, Wrinkle Rewind Serum
This Wrinkle Rewind Repair Serum is made up of a powerful blend of botanical & anti-oxidant rich oils formulated to stimulate cellular turnover, boost elasticity, strengthen capillaries, diminish wrinkles & protect against free radicals
Tribe Skincare, Repair Me Facial Oil
This Australian facial oil is natural and vegan and with its rich and nourishing blend of oils hydrates and strengthens your skin. For best result apply the mix of Rosehip, Jojoba and Avocado oil in the morning onto clean skin underneath your moisturiser and in the evening before applying your night cream.
Ipsum Best Skin Nourishing Face Oil
A nurturing and nourishing blend of pure and organic plant oils which naturally offer a complex array of skin-boosting antioxidants and vitamins together with anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties to soothe, restore and help protect skin’s natural healthy glow. Skin feels balanced, comforted, springy and looks fresh, calm, smooth and well-hydrated.
Tribe Skincare, Soothe Me Anti-Redness Serum
Both natural and vegan, this cruelty-free anti-redness serum works wonders on red cheeks or rosacea-prone skin. The Aloe Vera deeply hydrates while Green Tea and Peach Extract soothe inflammation, dramatically reducing facial redness. The serum is suitable for even the most sensitive skin and only requires 1-2 pumps onto clean skin morning and night for a visible result.
Alpha H, Liquid Gold
Starring 5% nature-derived glycolic acid, this overnight treatment harnesses the cell-stimulating and exfoliating properties of alpha-hydroxy acids, which melt the ‘glue’ that binds dulling dead cells to skin’s surface, revealing the healthy ‘new’ skin cells beneath. Apply to cleansed skin every other night. Moisten the cotton pad with solution and apply evenly over the face, neck and decollete, avoiding your eye and lip area.
RoseHip Plus, Rosehip Skin Boost
This award-winning rosehip oil is easily applied to specific areas that require precision application thanks to its clever massaging roller-ball. The high-quality cold-pressed oil is certified organic, rich in naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and helps to support healthy-looking skin and can be used on the face (and body!). The rosehip skin boost also assists with reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Advanced skin technology, Dr hyaluronic serum 30 ml
Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum is specifically formulated with a unique blend of Hyaluronic Acid that replenishes the skin’s moisture content and repairs dry or inflamed skin, while soothing, calming and hydrating. Hyaluronic serum is the skins answer to dehydration. Holding 1000 times its own weight in water it draws what to the skin to plump and hydrate. Not only does this serum give supreme hydration it also strengthens, soothes and protects.