The beginners guide to beauty oils

The right beauty oil adds a barrier of protection and hydration to the skin and hair, not to mention the instant gratification of a healthy-looking glow. And while oils alone are not moisturisers they play are a crucial role in balancing your own oil (sebum) production. Without oil, moisture escapes from skin and hair, and dryness quickly sets in. Adding a face, body and hair oil to your beauty routine is an integral step to getting that envious youthful sheen. Editor Trudi Brewer shares the top performers.

A range of different beauty oils lined up side by side against a white background with white flowers on skinny stems behind them 
BONDI SANDS Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 in a blue bottle

BONDI SANDS Sunscreen Oil SPF 30, $22
If you haven't found an SPF you like, try this oil. An SPF30, non-greasy, fast drying and has the right credentials to be used at the beach or by the pool to keep your skin protected for two hours - and did we mention the coconuty, fresh scent makes it summer in a bottle.  

Eight Hour  Cream All-Over Miracle Oil in a beige bottle

Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, $62
If you could have one oil to treat your body, face and hair, go for a multi-purpose option like this. Rich in Japanese tsubaki oil (camelia), grape seed oil, ginger root extract, olive, avocado and sunflower seed oils, this mega dose of omega 6 and 9 is something your skin and hair will adore. Scented with a summery citrus fragrance we are big fans in fact, a bottle has been rattling around in the beach bag for weeks.  

Environ  Skin EssentiA Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil in a white and orange bottle

Environ Skin EssentiA Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil, $50
For removing every scrap of makeup and grime from the skin, this oil emulsifies into a milky-like cleanser once massaged with water. The inventive formulation is a blend of Jojoba seed oil and a safe synthetic polymer that works to soften and hydrate skin.  Use morning and night to get squeaky clean skin sans the dry, tight feeling.

Eve Lom  Radiance Face Oil in a clear bottle with bronze lid

Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil, $124
A blend of organic cannabis seed oil, wheat germ, sunflower, rose fruit oil and avocado and a stable form of vitamin C. If your skin needs brightening, this oil would be my first choice. It calms redness, hydrates and plumps up fine lines. And if that hasn't peaked your interest it's heavenly scented with luxurious Bulgarian rose otto oil. Expect a glow on skin you will not want to live without.

Fudge  Light Hed-Ed Hair Oil in an orange bottle

Fudge Light Hed-Ed Hair Oil, $25
Applied on damp or dry hair, this non-greasy oil is a blend of Abyssinian and Argan oils, that doubles as a styling product, treatment or finishing oil all-in-one. It's a summer essential for fighting frizz caused by our high humidity levels.

Shiseido  Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil in a black bottle

Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil, $220
For the most luxurious skincare experience, this nourishing, skin plumping oil will benefit your skin the moment you press it on. It's a blend of the best Japanese Yuzu citrus oil, evening primrose, safflower, macadamia Argan and Jojoba oils, and worth every cent of the investment.

Kerasilk  Control Rich Protective Oil in a clear bottle with silver lid

Kerasilk Control Rich Protective Oil, $40
For colour treated hair, or locks that tangle when wet, this ultra-light oil tames frizz, leaves wet hair manageable and smooth, and when it's dry adds brilliant shine. For heat styling and protection against humidity this oil delivers great results.

Pure Fiji  Coconut Lime Blossom Exotic Bath & Body Oil in white and green bottle

Pure Fiji Coconut Lime Blossom Exotic Bath & Body Oil, $46
The scent of summer and a delicious fruity cocktail, the blend of exotic cold pressed nut oils including coconut, macadamia, sikeci, dilo and noni oils absorbs quickly when massaged into the skin and heals dryness when you add it to your bath - it's a tropical beauty infusion you will adore.

ST Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil in bronze bottle with gold lid

ST Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $60.
Created with that Brazilian tanned babe in mind, this dry oil drenches skin in a shimmery, hydrating bronze that is so flattering on any skin tone. Apart from the instant golden colour, there is no nasty smell, and it blends in seconds on the skin. Easy to see why it has a bevy of beauty awards and is one of the brands top-selling tanners.

Sunday Riley  Flora Face Oil in pink and yellow bottle with gold lid

Sunday Riley Flora Face Oil, $143
Some oils make an instant impression for the way they look, feel and smell, and the blend of red roses from Russia, Turkey and Bulgarian stacked in this fragrant face oil are unforgettable. Organic pomegranate, tomato, chia, avocado and carrot and rosehip extracts round off the luxe-y ingredient line-up which your fine lines and wrinkles will drink up in minutes. Thank you, Sunday Riley, for consistency dishing up the good oil.  

Time Bomb  Youth Juice Secret Oil in round clear bottle with silver lid

Time Bomb Youth Juice Secret Oil, $90
As you age your oil production slows down and while you may think oil is not necessary, oil is what balances the moisture levels in your skin, making it crucial for the smooth, radiant complexion. The combination of oils including Hawaiian Kukui fruit, avocado, olive and Jojoba mimics the skin’s natural oil helping to boost hydration. A tiny amount goes a long way - we love to use this lightweight oil at night and pressed on the skin under foundation for the day.