Get your slick on – there’s noth­ing to fear

Scared of us­ing oil on your skin? Start with a cleanser

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

If there is one prod­uct that I most fre­quently rec­om­mend in con­ver­sa­tion with friends, read­ers, or any­one else, it is oils in their in­fi­nite use­ful­ness. De­spite my own oily to com­bi­na­tion skin and his­tory of acne, which ap­peared in my early 20s and per­sisted for sev­eral years, I am on a mis­sion to fetch oils back from the naughty step and es­pouse their al­most sa­cred use­ful­ness. Ev­ery oil ( with the ex­cep­tion of gut­ter oil – google it, but not be­fore eat­ing) is a holy oil.

So no, oils in skin­care are not solely the re­mit of Reiki prac­ti­tion­ers or peo­ple who mis­use the word “sum­mer” as a verb – they are a ba­sic part of any skin­care rou­tine. Oils can be pre­ven­ta­tive, preser­va­tive and treat­ment skin­care, de­pend­ing on which you choose and how you use them. Though I would ar­gue loudly and with wag­ging fin­ger that ev­ery­one, male, fe­male, of all ages ( with the ex­cep­tion of chil­dren) and skin types should in­cor­po­rate an oil into their night- time skin­care regime, even I can ac­cept that oils are fright­en­ing.

A lit­tle like Catholic guilt and the im­por­tance of tak­ing a jacket no mat­ter the sea­son, the mantra “oils are bad for oily skin” has been horsed down our fear- struck Ir­ish gul­lets for gen­er­a­tions.

Ease your­self into recog­nis­ing how beau­ti­ful and ben­e­fi­cial oils are with an oil cleanser. It will bal­ance your own skin’s oil pro­duc­tion ( not ex­ac­er­bate it), and make skin hap­pier. It will also re­move all make- up ( yes, even eye make- up) bet­ter and more eas­ily than any­thing else.

For a mid- priced and en­tirely sump­tu­ous cleans- ing oil, try 1. Tril­ogy Rose­hip Trans­for­ma­tion Cleans­ing Oil (¤ 23.95, cloud10beauty. com), which is based upon the brand’s best­selling and widely loved top­i­cal rose­hip oil. This cleanses so ef­fi­ciently, and emul­si­fies on con­tact with wa­ter to rinse away with­out trace, that you will fire your cold cream or wipes out the bath­room win­dow. 2. Cau­dalie Make- up Re­mov­ing Cleans­ing Oil (¤ 21.45, lookfan­tas­tic. com) is an­other op­tion in this price bracket, and is com­fort­ing, straight­for­ward and un­em­bel­lished by non­sense or frip­pery. It works beau­ti­fully, smells softly nat­u­ral and won’t ir­ri­tate or leave a heavy feel­ing on the skin.

3. Chanel L’Huile Anti Pol­lu­tion Cleans­ing Oil (¤ 38, Brown Thomas) is a Chanel cleans­ing oil, so it is lux­u­ri­ant, sim­ple and fea­tures an el­e­gant tex­ture with qual­ity cleans­ing. It is a treat to re­move make- up with. If you like a brand with a nat­u­ral fo­cus, 4. Tata Harper Nour­ish­ing Oil Cleanser (£ 66, cult­beauty. co. uk) is the Rolls Royce of cleans­ing oils. The hefty glass bot­tle, the rich, golden unguent in­side and the joy of re­mov­ing your make- up with it all make for a spe­cial prod­uct, but you don’t have to spend hugely if you can’t or don’t want to.

For those who are con­cerned about bud­get, not to men­tion ( de­spite my fin­ger wag­ging) con­ges­tion, and may trust a hy­poal­ler­genic brand we all know, try 5. Sim­ple Cleans­ing Oil (¤ 6.66, Boots). It does the job per­fectly, leaves no oily residue when washed off, and you will have change from a ten­ner for a Cor­netto.

Oils in skin­care are not solely the re­mit of Reiki prac­ti­tion­ers or peo­ple who mis­use the word “sum­mer” as a verb – they are a ba­sic part of any skin­care rou­tine

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