The new skincare oils
Skincare oils aren't anything new, especially if you're a beauty buff. We've had cleansing oils and moisturisers, so it's hard to think of where else the trend could go. Companies are dab hands at dreaming up new initiatives though, and so this autumn (15) sees some fresh releases joining the line-up.
Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate is one of the most interesting, for several reasons. It's a sister product for the company's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, easily one of the most iconic oils around. This new one is designed to be used in the day, which is also a bit different, as most people associate oils with an evening routine. The team did some research and found that the dark circles, redness and dry patches many of us have are signs our skin is fatigued, something which happens during the day, due to environmental factors. It's different to ageing because it happens quickly rather than being a gradual breakdown over years.
This oil is a mixture of botanical and essential and it's easily absorbed, which is obviously good if you're using it in the morning. Anyone who has dryness, dehydration or finds their skin looks markedly worse at night to first thing, will benefit from it.
If you're still a bit unsure about oils, Darphin's new 8-Flower Nectar Oil Cream is a good starting point. It's a hybrid product which looks like a moisturiser, but transforms into an oil as you rub it into your skin. This allows you to get the feel of an oil, as well as all the nourishing benefits, without having to use a full-on version.
Also of note is The Body Shop's new Oils of Life collection. There are five products in the range, but the most interesting are the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil and the Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream. The first is a traditional oil, which is lightweight and designed to help with the signs of ageing, while the second is another one for people who are still learning about these kinds of products. Black cumin seed oil, camellia seed oil and rosehip oil are all infused into the gel-like cream, meaning it melts into skin without leaving it greasy so is a good day time option.