I’m heading to the glorious, Val D’Isere ski resort come Sunday and I’m in the process of packing my ‘snow essentials’. I do love ski-ing, but whenever I go, I notice my skin basically turns to sh!t. One saviour I like to make sure I pack is face oil. Moisturiser alone just doesn’t cut the mustard. If I’m going to be flying down a hill with wind, ice and sun smacking me in the face, I want to make sure I have pretty solid protection.
Oil is rich in essential fatty acids to aid the regeneration of skin cells and depending on the extracts used, a number of other benefits await your face, such as Vitamin E and Vitamin A. An added bonus is that face oil also helps reduce the appearance of ageing by providing natural firming agents to your skin.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… ‘but oil is bad for my skin, that’s why I cleanse.’ Wrong. Firstly, you shouldn’t be stripping your skin of its natural oils daily. If you do so, you will end up in the inevitable cycle of tight, dry skin leading to the excess production of oil, so make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser. Secondly, remember that your skin needs oil, that’s why it produces it. Thirdly, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that oil produces pimples. It doesn’t. It’s a combination of dirt, dead skin cells, build up, bacteria and hormones that create those pesky spots.
If you want to salvage tired looking skin and glow with radiance, I suggest you add this pre-moisturisation treat to your routine. Here are a few of my personal favourite face oils that I keep on rotation for their biological benefits.
Natio: Ageless Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – This oil has been part of my beauty ritual for ages and is by far my favourite face oil out of all the ones I have used in the past!!! It’s a powerhouse of rich nutrients in a tiny bottle and absorbs quickly. It promises to give your skin natural nourishment and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation and my word – it does! I have literally watched scars disappear using this product and it works wonders for those hideous dark circles under my eyes.
Certified Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil £13.60 Debenhams, $18.14 natio.com.au
Sancturary Skincare: Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil – I got pretty much addicted to this product a few months ago. The first time I used it, it was a bit ‘meh’. I didn’t really notice anything different to my much loved Natio – except for the fact that it looked cool with a dropper instead of the pump and smelt nicer – but after using it for the fourth time, I actually noticed that my skin was plumper. I have seen first hand the benefits of this oil on women aged over 40, so I’m getting started early. This is now MY little secret to refreshed looking skin when I haven’t had many winks of sleep.
Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil £17.35 thesanctuary.co.uk
Weleda: Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules – I love the capsules, although they are a little tricky to use at first (I did manage to spray the first one all over the bathroom). Sure, it means the product is going to be a little more expensive, but at least I know how much I should be using, plus the product itself smells delicious. This oil comes in 0.3ml capsules designed for use once every 3 or 4 days and each one is enough for coverage of your face and neck. It does take a few weeks of use to notice any changes, but after a while my skin was noticeably softer and calmer (I know. That sounds strange, but it’s really the only way I can think of describing it).
Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules £16.95 feelunique.com, $38.92 herbalserenity.com.au
The Body Shop: Vitamin E Facial Oil – This product gets top marks for radiant skin. It’s naturally high in Vitamin E, meaning it’s loaded with anti-oxidants, so it really helps to reduce blemishes by maintaining the skin’s oil balance during the cleansing process.
Vitamin E Facial Oil £10 or $29.95 The Body Shop
Tip: For good coverage, make sure you massage the oil into your skin in circular motions, the heat from your finger tips will thin the product and spread it twice as far.