Beauty bi­ble

Skin­care oils that help you brave the el­e­ments

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CONTENT - Celia Walden

Celia Walden is con­verted – and now loves skin oils

I’ VE BEEN A BIT LATE to the party with lipids. It took me far longer than any­one else to ac­cept that fat doesn’t make you fat (I’m still slightly scared of av­o­ca­dos), and un­til last year I was con­vinced that fa­cial oils would turn me into Kevin the Teenager overnight. Yes, those lit­tle frosted vials of lemon yel­low and pas­tel pink looked lovely on the shelves of French phar­ma­cies, and a few made it on to my bath­room shelves purely for that rea­son, but I wasn’t about to risk putting any on my skin.

Then came the great der­mal drought of late 2016 – caused by a com­bi­na­tion of win­try weather, heat­ing, pol­lu­tion and a par­tic­u­larly vi­cious gly­colic ex­fo­lia­tor I will not be rec­om­mend­ing in this col­umn (you know who you are). My best friend as­sured me that a few drops of Pai or­ganic rose­hip oil on fa­cial-g ade clean skin wouldn’t re­sult in me look­ing like the turkey tray at the end of Christ­mas Day, and boom! How in the name of all that’s greasy had I made it through four decades on this arid lit­tle planet with­out these lipid lovelies?

Dis­cov­er­ing a whole new fam­ily of prod­ucts to try out is about as ex­cit­ing as the re­al­i­sa­tion that hey, you can wear a jump­suit with­out look­ing like a Bri­tish Gas en­gi­neer from the 1940s, and af­ter a frenzy of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion – ev­ery­thing from the Boots Botan­ics nour­ish­ing fa­cial oil (lux­u­ri­ous smelling and fast-ab­sorb­ing) to the Dan­ish­born, New York-based make-up artist Kirsten Kjær Weis’s won­der prod­uct, The Beau­ti­ful Oil, via a se­lec­tion of oil­based cleansers (Eve Lom’s Gel Balm Cleanser and Clin­ique’s Take The Day Off Cleans­ing Oil are two of the best) – I had the whole oil thing taped.

You don’t need to spend a lot (Waitrose’s Pure Hy­dra­tion Fa­cial Oil is only £2.50 and per­fect for sen­si­tive skin), and you can ei­ther add a drop or two to your mois­turiser when your skin’s parched, or use it – still spar­ingly – on its own. But the best ones shouldn’t leave your skin feel­ing slip­pery: just hy­drated, pro­tected and primed for make-up.

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