9 thirst-quenching face oils for dry, lacklustre skin
For when a moisturiser just won't cut it.
Content Producer / May 02 2023
Face oils: also known as a luxurious cocktail of vitamins, minerals, omegas and other skin care saviours.
They've been known to combat fine lines and wrinkles, brighten the complexion and firm the skin. But let's be real here - their true superpower lies in their ability to take dry, lacklustre skin and transform it into a hydrated, radiant masterpiece.
Don't get us wrong - moisturisers are wonderful (and let's not forget our skin's natural oils that keep it hydrated) - but sometimes our skin deserves a little extra love and attention. Plus, not all skin is created equal. Some of us have oily skin that produces enough oil to fry a whole chicken, while others suffer from dry skin that's as parched as the Sahara (honestly, same).
So, for the days and nights when your skin's feeling a tad bit thirsty, here are nine face oils for dry skin…
Alpha-H Golden Haze Face Oil
This luxurious blend of nine botanical oils is rich in omega fatty acids and is designed to plump, soothe and nourish the skin. Vitamin F and jojoba oil lock in hydration and help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function, while antioxidant-rich camellia seed oil assists in combatting the visible signs of ageing. Trust us, your dry, dehydrated skin won't know what hit it.
$74.95 at Alpha-H
Habitual Beauty Rejuvenating Facial Oil
This ultra-luxe multi-purpose face oil helps to thoroughly hydrate and restore the skin's natural moisture barrier, while smoothing and illuminating skin. If you have dry skin, Habitual Beauty recommends using this hydrating-hero morning and evening, daily, for best results.
$120 at a-beauty
Antipodes Avocado Oil & Rosehip Divine Face Oil
Antipodes Avocado Oil & Rosehip Divine Face Oil is a rich oil that’s amazing for dry skin. The superior collagen-boosting action of avocado oil helps reduce the appearance of lines and age spots, while added rosehip assists avocado oil to target scars and wrinkles. The fact that you can pick up a bottle for under $40 doesn't hurt, either!
$38 at Adore Beauty
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil
The enemy of a dry face? A super moisturising oil, of course. Plump up your complexion with this pure, intensive moisturising oil. Readily absorbed, 100 per cent olive-derived squalane leaves the complexion soft, nourished and best of all, never greasy. Your skin's texture and tone will thank you.
$57 at Sephora
The Beauty Chef Glow F.A.C.E Intensive Rejuvenating Oil
This formula features a slew of revitalisers such as natural anti-ager bakuchiol, nourishing squalane, brightening kakadu plum extract, strengthening vitamin E, and biome oleactif (a pre and post-biotic that supports a healthy skin microbiome). It's actually a huge overachiever that addresses a broad range of skin concerns, working to hydrate and nourish skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and firming and toning the skin. What can't it do is the only thing we're left wondering.
$75 at Adore Beauty
Esmi Skin Minerals 24K Gold Nourishing Face Oil
Boosting skin elasticity, stimulating collagen production and improving blood circulation is Esmi's aim (and it succeeds - just ask reviewers). The oil is perfect for dry skin as a moisturiser to address dryness, dehydration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck and décolletage. The trio of coconut, jojoba and avocado oils are excellent moisturisers that are rich in skin-saving fatty acids and a combination of powerful vitamins and antioxidants.
$65 at Sephora
Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil
Made from 100 per cent pure plant extracts, this oil is a soothing, comforting treatment for dry and dehydrated skin. Essential oils of sandalwood, cardamom and lavender soothe and stimulate the skin, while nourishing hazelnut oil protects against dehydration and leaves your complexion supple and satiny soft.
$66 at Myer
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Rich in essential fatty acids known to recharge and replenish skin, Maracuja Oil works to rejuvenate and deliver an even-toned complexion, while its infusion of vitamin C creates the appearance of brighter skin. And when it says it provides instant hydration, it means it. Your skin will be left quenched and nourished, without feeling greasy or filmy.
$74 at Sephora
Go-To Skin Care Face Hero
This supercharged face oil is terrifically powerful, fantastically lightweight and deeply hydrating. It also soothes, revitalises and completely protects the face against bad guys trying to make it unhappy. It'll be your daily skin booster and your new best friend, all in one cute little bottle.
$45 at Go-To Skin Care
Tiarne is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. Between crafting narratives about all things beauty, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog. Her words have also appeared across other mastheads such as Better Homes & Gardens, New Idea, Now To Love, Bounty Parents and more.