What are they? Facial oils have a bit of a bad reputation for fear they will leave skin looking and feeling greasy. Of course an oil by name is an oil by nature, so they do have a dense and slippery consistency, but application is key to getting the best out of an oil.
A few drops are all you need and it’s best to massage them thoroughly into the face and down the neck. Not only does this aid absorption but encourages better circulation, resulting in plumper, glowier skin. And if there is excess, don’t waste it – rub that golden elixir into your hands, elbows, arms, knees… wherever!
Oils are worth your attention because they contain a higher concentration of natural antioxidants, which your skin needs to limit the production of free radicals, which occur when your skin is put under stress from things like pollution, UV rays, bad diet and not enough sleep.
A lot of oils are naturally derived, so contain potent ingredients from plants that are lipophilic, which means they are absorbed a lot more easily into the lipid layer of your skin and make your skin more water resistant, keeping hydration locked in. Who are they best for? Much like serums, there is an oil for every skin type and concern and this may vary, so you may want to keep a few close at hand depending on what your skin needs at that time. ‘Facial oils add nutrition and moisture to the skin and are a great option if your skin has undergone any radical changes such as exposure to a different climate, stale air in an aeroplane or a change in hormones,’ says Su-Man. It takes time for your skin to fully absorb an oil, so they are best used at night or on a make-up-free day as anything that goes on top of an oil will slip and slide slightly.
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Clarins Blue Orchid, Dh218 This classic was created in 1965 for use during professional treatments at the Clarins Institute in Paris. After years of clients demanding to get their hands on this rehydrating wonder, it went on the market. It’s ideal on skin-sapping flights and it smells divine. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil, Dh353 This cult beauty product has had a makeover with an added lipid complex combined into the serum base. The added oilier components provide an important source of Omega 3 and Omega 6, which strengthen the skin and help it look younger as you sleep. Aveda Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil, AED 280 Derived from six plant oils, this natural oil not only is perfect for all skin types to help rebalance the skin and add serious moisture but also works on Ayurvedic principles that help calm the mind and body so make sure to take some deep, healing breaths as you massage this into your skin.