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Oil + face? OK, you’ve got every right to be suspicious. Face oils constantly get a bad rep (does the word greasy come to mind?) but, the truth is, a couple of drops could actually be your skin savior…

Junior editor Maybelle Morgan testing face oils | ASOS Fashion & Beauty Feed

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Oil and trouble

With problem skin, it can often be really tempting to slather on harsh chemicals to blitz whatever issues you’ve got brewing. Big no-no. It might seem counterintuitive, but face oils actually work by tricking your skin into thinking it’s produced enough oil. So happier, balanced skin means less shine throughout the day. I’ve trialed the best on ASOS, so here’s my verdict…

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Rose, rose baby

This stuff is honestly magic in a bottle. Don’t be put off by the unusual golden hue — this just means the oil is less processed and higher quality. The formula is rich but lightweight, so a couple of drops over damp skin was more than enough. Rosehip oil encourages the repair of skin tissue, so it’s amazing for scarring and after one use (not even kidding), my skin looked brighter and blemishes looked lighter.


The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, $11.50

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Snake bite

First things first, if you’re a sucker for packaging, this is it for you. It’s a mean little potion in an even meaner looking bottle — matte black with a dropper. Just like the name suggests, it contains a synthetic form of snake venom (eek) which gives a subtle "freeze-like effect" to smooth and firm. It’s on the expensive side, but with a smell that divine, who's going to argue?


Rodial Snake Booster Oil, $111

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Hydration station

Calling all you dry-skinned girls out there. This oil is like a long tall drink for your skin. Containing a whopping nine essential oils (orange, vanilla, lavender and rose, to name a few) as well as five plant oils (almond, olive, sunflower and more), it’s super nourishing and soothing. Post-vacay (the sun was cruel), this one was an absolute nurse-me-back-to-life dream.


Emma Hardie Brilliance Face Oil, $55

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The fixer-upper

That feeling after a heavy weekend when you take a long hard look in the mirror and despair? Yeah, me too. This beauty from This Works aims to de-stress tired skin (which can also be victim to pollution and sun exposure). It’s super hydrating and, because of the botanical blend, oddly calming. Let me just pour this all over my life.   


This Works Stress Check Face Oil, $64

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Prim and proper

If you’re someone who suffers from redness, this Yes To oil could be a winner. The ultra-soothing formula is best for people with sensitive skin who need a little pick-me-up. Irritation seemed alleviated after a couple of uses, but as it’s so lightweight, I definitely recommend applying moisturizer after. Best of all though, who can argue with that price tag?


Yes To Primrose Oil, $24

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The all-rounder

Squalane. Chances are, you’ve probably not heard of it before, but let’s get into the science stuff. It’s a 100% plant-based hydrocarbon found already in the skin, which means it’s au naturel and not going to clog your pores. A perfect alternative to a light but very hydrating moisturizer. Pro tip: rub it through the ends of damp hair like a serum for some shine.   


The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 30ml, $7.50