A couple of years ago the word “oil” was completely taboo when it came to skin care. We didn’t apply anything to our faces unless it was labelled “oil-free” and we made sure our moisturisers had lightweight formulations. In the past year or two, the entire beauty industry changed its tune.
With the rise in “super oils” (think argan, lavender and avocado), we’ve seen cosmetic houses across the globe create hair oils, body oils, facial oils, and even all-over-oils, designed to promote youth, hydrate and do just about everything you could dream of!
This winter, we’re loving face oils. Consisting of 100% pure natural oils (either blended or single) they absorb incredibly fast, despite their oily texture. Filled with antioxidants and vitamins many of them act as anti-inflammatories and have a calming effect on the skin.
Face oils hydrate better than many moisturisers as they are lipophilic (fat-loving), which means they pass through the lipid layer of ours skins faster and prevents moisture loss and dehydration. This makes them particularly great for dry skins, ageing skins and mature skin.
But with so many on the market, how should you go about choosing one? If you’re looking for optimum hydration, look for a product that contains or consists of argan oil. Avocado oil is good for rosacea as it has a calming effect, whilst pomegranate is filled with vitamin C, making it great for fighting pigmentation. If you have oily skin or breakouts, opt for antiseptic lavender oil.
Apply a few drops of oil to your skin after cleansing and toning, and follow with your usual sunscreen.
Here, a few of our favourite face oils:
1. Comfort Zone Renight Vitamin Integrator, R535
2. Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil, R410
3. Sh’Zen Natural Essence Skin Life Oil, R319
4. Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil, R422
5. Justine Tissue Oil Facial Treatment with Rosehip, R240
6. Decléor Aromessence Neroli, R555