During Canberra’s long, cold winter, your regular moisturiser isn’t enough to keep your skin in a constant state of glow. Dry wind, air conditioning and sub-zero temperatures is a recipe for a tired, lacklustre complexion. You need something stronger, more concentrated and formulated specifically to increase skin hydration. The solution? A good-quality face oil. A few drops of a lightweight oil mixed with your daily moisturiser, night cream or even your foundation, is all you need to press reset on dry winter skin.
Rosehip oil is good for pretty much everything – ageing, acne, dryness, sun damage, stretch marks, scaring… Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, $35.95, is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and essential fatty acids. During winter, mix a few drops with your face and body cream to help fight the dry weather. You won’t regret it.
If it’s a serious boost in hydration you’re looking for, look no further than argan oil. This super-concentrated formula by Josie Maran, Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $70, is pure heaven on the skin. Loaded with vitamin E, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, it’s perfect to combat the harsh Canberra climate.
Last year, this product basically broke the internet. Well, in beauty circles, anyway. And it’s worth the hype: rich with vitamins C, E and A, and features (wait for it) flecks of 24k gold. Yep, gold. Use Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir, $54, as a moisturiser or mix a few drops with your foundation for added shimmer.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, $246, is just what it suggests: luxurious. With a cult following and a bunch of celebrity fans, this silky oil is blended with 11 floral and botanical essential oils to deeply saturate your skin.
For an instant hit of hydration, this oil-infused mist is your new best friend. Enriched with rose oil, bergamot and chamomile, one spritz of Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, $25, gives you an instant lift. Keep it desk-side for emergency skin-brightening situations.
Another treatment taking advantage of the benefits of argan oil; Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Oil, $25.95. This super-hydrating oil is weightless, leaving skin brighter, softer and more supple. Ideal for use as a primer under your foundation or mixed with night cream for extra healing properties.