THE LIST: MORNING BEAUTY’S TOP 10 FACE OILS FOR DRY, OILY AND COMBINATION SKIN
Carla Valois Lobo
As odd as it sounds, moisturisers do not moisturise. Also, face oils do not increase oiliness. In fact, combining these two might be the key to achiving a younger-looking, healthier skin. Creams are actually a blend of water (around 60-70%), emulsion of fats and actives, while oils, as they are not diluted, contain actives in much higher concentration. Learning how they work together, nonetheless, is what matters the most when it comes to avoid premature ageing and improving the appearance of wrinkles.
As mentioned previously, creams are mostly water, which is the reason they are able to lock skin’s moisture. They act creating a protective filter, preventing water loss and shielding from external damage. Oils, being almost 100% actives, penetrate deeper on the skin, leveling up complexion’s lipids and plumping it from the inside. Applying an oil followed by a cream will trick the skin into letting ingredients closer to the fibroblasts, then “sealing” them down on the epidermis.
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Once explained the benefits of combining creams and oils, you may find helpful to learn the differences between carrier and essential oils. The latter are richly scented, volatile and high in water, not penetrating through the skin into the cells. On the other hand, carrier oils, also known as base oils, do not contain a concentrated aroma and are absorbed directly onto the skin, which is why they are used to dillute those of the essential variety.
Examples of carrier oils include avocado, olive, hazelnut and sunflower oils, whereas bergamot, cedarwood, lavender and rosehip are of all volatile, essential oils. Anyway, whether your skin is dry, oily, combination, mature or blemish-prone, we tested over 15 products to help you finding the perfect match to your complexion. Check out the gallery below:
The Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (£32), by Clarins, targets exceptionally dehydrated skin. Soft to the touch, it sinks rather quickly; right away, it feels as your complexion is amazingly silky. Its formula includes blue orchid, hazelnut, patchouli, and rosewood oils for revitalising and preventing moisture loss. If used constantly, it also diminishes enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and dry patches. Available at House of Fraser, Selfridges, John Lewis and clarins.co.uk
- Suitable for all skin types, yet especially fitting for those with sensitive skin, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Cell Repair Night Oil (£45 per 50ml) works beautifully to restore complexion’s hydration, as well as its balance. Quickly absorbed, it leaves behind a glowing, healthy-looking skin, plus it smells heavenly. It boasts a blend of antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower extract, vitamin E and plant oils, such as damask rose, lavender, mandarin, olive, sweet almond and sunflower oils. In addition, its lightweight formula is alcohol-, colorants-, synthetic fragrance-, and sulphates-free. Available at Liberty and aureliaskincare.com
- The Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£37 per 30ml), by Kiehl's, is designed to restore dry skin overnight. By morning, complexion looks perkier, naturally glowing. Active ingredients include squalane, vitamin E and evening primrose oils, which reduce inflammation and rebalance skin's moisture levels. Lavender oil, also an active ingredient, might be a problem for those with really sensitive, reactive skin though. Available at Debenhams, Space NK, Selfridges and kiehls.co.uk/
- A blend of argan, avocado and rosehip oils, Liz Earle's SuperSkin Concentrate (£60 per 50ml) rebalances and softens the skin, visibly plumpling it when used overnight. It also prevents moisture loss and decreases redness, plus it suits all skin types, especially dry or mature skin. Neroli-scented, it may take some minutes to sink, yet a little definetely goes a long way. Available at QVC UK, John Lewis and uk.lizearle.com
- The Black Rose Precious Oil (£136 per 25ml), by Sisley, works amazingly well for dry or mature skin. Right away, it lifts, softens, plumps and boosts complexion's radiance and elasticity. Silky-textured, it noticeably smooths fine lines, crow's feet and wrinkles, plus it is made with plant-based ingredients filled with omegas 3 and 6, such as camelina, plum, geranium and magnolia oils. Even though clearly priced above average, a tiny bit goes a long, long way. Available at Liberty, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges and Space NK.
- Packed with antioxidants and omegas 3 and 6, Skin & Tonic's certified organic Brit Beauty Oil (£28 per 30ml) is exquisitely formulated with just five ingredients: vitamin E, neroli flower oil and borage, chia and thistle seed oils. By stimulating cellular renewal, it minimises fine lines and enlarged pores, as well as keeping complexion's hydration levels. Suitable for vegans, it is available at skinandtoniclondon.com.
- Plumping dehydrated, dull skin and protecting against premature ageing, Balance Me's Radiance Face Oil (£30 per 30ml) brightens, firms, tones and prevents moisture loss. Thick, velvety-textured, yet rapidly absorbed, it helps to fade scars and reducing fine lines, dark spots and redness. Synthetic fragrance-, alcohol- and paraben-free, it is perfectly suitable for sensitive skin as its formula contains only vitamin E and naturally ocorring essential oils including chamomile, moringa, rosehip and yarrow oils. Available at Whole Foods and balanceme.co.uk
- The Age Delay Facial Oil (£46 per 50ml), by Alpha-H, intensely calms and nourishes dehydrated skin, which drinks it up very quickly. Formula-wise, it is made with nine naturally-sourced oils, such as calendula, rosehip and wheatgerm oils, plus carrot extract, and frankincense. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, it smells utterly well; luckily, this comes in a refillable coated bottle that protects it against UV light. Available at QVC UK, Marks & Spencer and alpha-h.com.
- Pai’s Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£22 per 30ml) deeply nourishes dull, lackluster skin, which instantly feels perkier. It boosts complexion’s resilience and minimises redness, blemishes, crow’s feet and fine lines. Alchohol-free and rich in carotenoids and trans-retinoic acid, it delivers high levels of vitamins A and E to the skin, as well omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 fatty acids. Available at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and paiskincare.com/
- Dubbed “liquid silk”, Själ's Sapphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil (£117 per 30ml) lifts, tones and hydrates the skin, also enhacing its elasticity and preventing collagen loss. Loaded with over 10 naturally-delivered oils, such as grape seed and camellia oils, it helps to reduce the appareance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, plus it boosts cellular renewal and calms redness. Available at Space NK.