Facial oils: the benefits
With the weather getting colder and the heating being cranked up, skin can be starting to look dull and lacklustre. Facial oils are a good alternative to moisturisers at this time of year and their properties have been proven more beneficial than many regular moisturisers. You might not think you’d be able to use them if your skin is naturally oily, but this certainly isn’t the case.
“Natural oil production in the skin can happen when the oil isn't as balanced as it should be - by ridding the skin of all oil, the body then tries to overcompensate and produce more oil," Emma Leslie, editor of Escentual.com, tells Cover Media. “By using a good quality facial oil, your skin regains its balance and not as much oil is produced which leaves skin looking radiant, not shiny."
Here, we detail the best facial oils out there – whatever your skin type.
Perhaps the skin type that will benefit the most from a skin oil, there are a host of options on the market. Try Skin Revivals’ Vitamin Boost Blend. It does what it says on the bottle, giving skin an injection of vitamins A, C and E, as well as containing apricot, sunflower and tamanu oils to help smooth the complexion and get rid of any flaky patches. Or go for the BRYT Boost Serum which has been specifically created for tired and dehydrated skin. If you are older and suffering from dry skin then the Khadi White Lily Face Oil for Dry Skin and Mature Skin, would be the best option for you. It contains white lily, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as liquorice, amla, fennel patchouli and myrrh, which acts as something of a balm on chapped or irritated skin.
Perricone MD’s Chia Serum is a good option if you suffer from naturally oily skin. It’s not cheap but the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. While it’s concentrated it’s also incredibly light, meaning it doesn’t leave a layer on top of the skin and it’s instead absorbed quickly and effectively. Alternatively, give AD Skin Synergy’s 100% Organic Rosehip Oil a go. Trials of the product, which is available exclusively through QVC, showed users found an increase in skin’s smoothness and firmness.
If you suffer from an oily T-zone with dry patches elsewhere then Khadi’s Pink Lotus Face Oil for Combination Skin could be a good option. This is an incredibly balancing oil that makes sure the skin is nice and soft while also combating excess sebum production. If you suffer from breakouts this might help too, as it contains lavender which boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Palmer’s are known for their Cocoa Butter range, and have joined the oil bandwagon with their Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil for Face. This blend of 10 oils along with Vitamin C and Retinol helps transform dull looking and aging facial skin.
Slathering on the oil might seem like a bad idea for the more mature but trust us, a good quality facial oil could make all the difference to your skincare regime. Skin Revivals’ Anti-Ageing Facial Blend helps to maintain a smooth complexion while also helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. INFINatura’s Cura Oil is another popular choice as it contains a blend of oils including Camellia, Argan, Red Mandarin, Bergamot and Sunflower. It also contains Omega-9 to help rebuild the skin’s structure. A slightly more expensive, but very effective, option is skinChemists Wrinkle Killer Facial Oil. What makes this different is the rose stem cell extract, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its blend of ingredients also means you will be left with a bright, radiant complexion.