Friday, 11 November 2016

Skincare 101: Oils

Amy Cosgrove talks all things oils for your winter skincare regime

Since I discovered them a couple of years ago, oils have had a permanent place in my beauty regime. They can be daunting at first, slathering oil on your face may well conjure up images of being, well, oily! Fears of break outs can also cause concern adding to an altogether unfair reputation. Contrary to these beliefs, not all oils are created the same and there is a world of difference between the type of oil you would find in the kitchen and the sophisticated potions on offer behind the counter.

The use of oils in skincare actually dates back thousands of years, the ancient Egyptians used oils to moisturise their skin and to protect them from the dry heat. Just as the Egyptians benefited from them, you can too- oils are one of the most gentle yet effective steps that you can add to your routine and will make an instant, noticeable difference (promise!).

Oils will benefit all skin types, tones and ages so no matter who you are you can use an oil. As well as the obvious advantage of adding lasting moisture they also calm the skin helping with redness, sensitivity and even oily skin by keeping the epidermis balanced. You only need a tiny amount, normally two drops will suffice so what seems like an expensive investment can actually last a really long time. If you are nervous about adding oil into your routine you can start by mixing it in with your moisturiser which is just as effective.

Other benefits include improving the skin's texture and plumpness which provides a smooth surface for make-up. One of the reasons foundation fades and turns cakey throughout the day is that your skin absorbs the moisture in the product- this can be prevented by having that layer of moisture that oil provides to create a barrier. Oil is especially great for this time of year as it traps moisture in the skin and helps to protect it from external aggressors.

When it comes to ingredients there can be a big difference between brands when it comes to quality. Oils can be an excellent way of providing your skin with hero ingredients such as antioxidants and vitamin A. One of the biggest skincare launches of 2015 was Sunday Riley's Luna Night Oil which is retinol (one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients on the market) housed in an oil. Rosehip is an excellent natural antioxidant which can be found in the Jojoba company's jojoba and rosehip blend. It is best to stick to natural oils such as those derived from plants so as not to irritate the skin and those that have been cold pressed which retains the nutrients and delivers the maximum benefit of the ingredients.

If you are into your pampering taking some time to massage oils into the skin can have wonderful benefits. It can improve muscle tone as well as boosting blood flow which is what gives you that radiant glow that everyone is after. There are many ways to use oils besides on the face, as we have spoken about before they make excellent cleansers and can also work wonders on our hair and body.

In summary, oils make a fantastic addition to your skincare wardrobe and can have a big impact on the way your skin looks and feels. Take a look at our recommendations below for healthy, happy and hydrated skin.



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