Oils, oils, oils… they’re not an easy sell, I must say. Those with Sahara Desert style dry skin can usually be encouraged to try anything to moisten their uncomfortable skin but most people with combination or oily skin, in particular, are inclined to avoid touching them with a ten foot barge pole for fear that they’ll kick off a Great Battle of Adult Acne and clog up every pore you have! Most people would think that an oil would be the last thing you’d want to apply when skin is freaking out but it’s proven to be effective in balancing, plumping and toning all skin types; as long as you choose appropriately. Dry or oily; there’s a little potion of oil that will tame your skin. Here are my top ten.
Sunday Riley Artemis, £95, and Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, £85
Artemis* and Flora by the wonderful Sunday Riley have appeared on the blog before Here. Both are made with lovely ingredients and give nourished, glowy, plumped up, beautified skin. Both come in the most delightful bottles. Both would make any beauty lover swoon and both are firm favourites in my hall of skincare fame.
*Artemis not available at present
Clarins Blue Orchid And Santal, £36 each
Clarins make an oil for every skin woe. My favourites are those for dry and dehydrated skin, but I haven’t met anyone whose tried the Clarins oils that correlates to their concern and wasn’t hooked. I use these interchangeably and before makeup or at night. They really help to combat dryness and make skin look and feel hydrated and smoother. They’re not too expensive either!
Weleda Soothing Almond Face Oil, £18
This is cheap and makes me pretty cheerful when I use it to mix with oil-based foundations or on its own. It’s not a superstar of the oil world, but if you’re sensitive or just want to try something out and see if you can bear the feeling of oil on your skin, you can’t really go wrong with this one. If it doesn’t work for you (and I think it will) use it on your feet!
Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, £22
First things first, opening this bottles releases a noxious odour. I really wouldn’t have used it ever again on account of this fact alone if it hadn’t worked so well at visibly repairing my damaged skin and reducing redness to a staggering degree. Rosehip is known for its regenerative properties and this version claims to be the most concentrated on the market. It’s a potent but non-irritating form of Vitamin A and brilliant for helping to heal scars, stretch marks and sun damage.
Kypris Beauty Elixir 1: 1000 Roses Oil, £86-£216
This is a sensational symphony of roses – 1000 steamed Bulgarian rose petals to be specific – that feels like the most exquisite and cocooning elixir and calms everything from mind to spirit to skin. It’s magical in its utter gorgeousness and I would use it every day, forever, if my finances allowed it. It’s soothing, gentle, pampering and perfecting. If I have stressed or irritated skin, this is the first thing I reach for, without exception… because it’s exceptional! Can’t say enough positive things about this divine oil.
Ren Omega 3 Optimum Serum, £26
This has a lovely, nourishing and lightweight texture that will suit oil phobic’s well since it feels like an oil for all of three seconds! The is stupendously rich in essential fatty acids, promoting cell renewal and restoring moisture. They’ve treated us to the addition of Rosehip oil to assists the regenerative process and tackle dark spots and scarring. Caroline Hirons highly recommends it for all skin types and I think it’s worth double the price REN charge because it actually tackles damage and hydrated and on top of that, it feels so comfortable and comforting. A real winner.
Clinique Smart Custom Repair Treatment Oil, £36.50
Smart Treatment Oil is surprising good. Surprising, just because I haven’t heard anyone talk about it and I also don’t think of Clinique as one of the big hitters in the facial oil game. This as with all Clinique products is fragrance free. It smells of grass stains to me. Weird, because usually Clinique smells of nothing and is supposed to smell of nothing! The gentle formula’s mix of plant oils, antioxidants, and soothing plant extracts makes this a truly “smart” option for normal to dry skin, including the extra-sensitive. It’s really good as an overnight treatment in lieu of moisturiser and is reasonably priced.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, £39
I love Sarah Chapman. Everyone loves Sarah Chapman, even Vicky Becks loves Sarah Chapman. While I’m slightly sceptical of all the blogger love for Sarah Chapman, I’m confident she can’t afford Victoria Beckham’s paid sponsorship rates so I think the love there is totally genuine. And I understand why VB is a fan. It’s smells like a mixture of glorious botanicals and sherbet to me and it just makes everything look lovelier by morning. The packaging is perfect and the formula is perfect; not too thick, not too thin. It’s like an oil, serum and moisturiser in one. Use as a sleep treatment as the name suggests and prepare to go down the Sarah Chapman rabbit hole!