When it comes to moisturizing, we Filipinas are most familiar with creams and gels rather than oils (most likely because of our fear of either melting or, god forbid, frying). However, the lovely thing about oils, compared to most gels or creams, is that you can use them for almost everything, from your face, your hair (as a leave-on or mask) and your lips (as a primer), down to your cuticles. Plus, for the acne-prone, fear not, because most oils are actually non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog your pores.
Are you ready to get slick? Here are a few of our top picks:
1. Neal's Yard Remedies Almond Oil
If most oils remind you of your granny's perfume, then this one from organic brand Neal's Yard is for you. Light in texture and in scent, this multi-use, cold-pressed oil that's rich in omega-3 is so delicate in scent and in content that it can even be used on babies. So heads up, sensitive-skinned girls, this might be the skin conditioner for you.
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NEAL'S YARD Remedies Almond Oil, P997.50, Rustan's
2. Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Roller
Silky, not oily, is the common consensus of everybody who's tried and loved the blue-hued facial oil. The formula is mainly Blue Tansy, which not just calms your acne but also soothes any inflammation and redness and gradually fades acne scars. Unlike most moisturizers, this oil contains no fillers and delivers potent ingredients straight to your skin concern. It's even safe to slather all over, even in Manila weather.
HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Lapis Oil Roller, P1316, Sephora.ph
3. PIXI Rose Oil Blend
Dew lovers, we got you—this rose-based oil has gotten rave reviews as a makeup primer because of its lightness. If you're averse to rose scents, many say the fragrance isn't at all cloying, too. While it may be a bit too dewy for some to be used during the day, using it under your makeup for evening events will give you an extra glow all night.
PIXI Skintreats Rose Oil Blend, P1280, glamourbox.ph
4. Human Heart Nature Overnight Elixir
We can all agree that no face cream can do miracles overnight, but maybe we'll make an exception for HHN's Overnight Elixir. It's made to revive your skin after a long night or a tired day, and it is very jam-packed with active oils such as rosehip, elemi, sunflower seed, rosemary, natural vitamin E, soybean, lavender, passion fruit and avocado. Best used with a moisturizer to "seal in" the product afterwards.
HUMAN NATURE Overnight Elixir, P995, humanheartnature.com
5. Creme de La Mer The Renewal Oil
"Infinite bespoke beauty rituals" are what a 12-thousand-peso beauty oil promises you. While many dismiss luxury skin care as "overpriced," The Renewal Oil is actually very well received by different skin types and honestly worth every peso. It's actually a suspension—part eucalyptus and sesame oils and part Miracle Broth, their trademarked super-secret sauce—and shaking to blend them together activates the solution. You can use it with your foundation to make it sheer and glowy, on your hair, or to refresh your makeup mid-day (rub hands together with a drop of the oil and press onto the skin).
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CRÈME DE LA MER The Renewal Oil, P12,800, Rustan's