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Never has there been a time where we are so spoilt for choice, when it comes to choosing a face oil. Trying to decide can often times feel like walking through a rainforest nursery and only being allowed to take one seedling home for planting in the garden. Or if gardening isn’t your thing, being given the keys to the fashion office at Vogue HQ after Paris Fashion Week and only being allowed to choose just one pair of shoes to take home. Nigh on impossible to choose just one! But when it comes to face oils, what if I told you it is possible to narrow down the picking. And even more possible to get to the bull’s-eye when you know the skin concern that you’re wanting to target.
The role of a face oil is to deliver nourishment to the skin, to improve the look and feel of your skin, and address your skin concerns, whether that be fine lines and wrinkles, oily skin and acne, minimising pigmentation or calming redness, via the active botanicals and extracts within the formulation.
So, it makes perfect sense, that the better quality the oils, (i.e. the more nature-intact that they are) the better the results will be for you.
Please stay away from any face oil that contains mineral oil, or any of it’s derivatives. This petroleum by-product interferes with your skin’s natural function, clogging pores, exacerbating acne, and is highly likely to be contaminated with hormone disruptors and carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and more. Instead, choose a product that contains organic plant oils.
Who should use a face oil
Anyone, irrespective of your age or skin concern.
How to use a face oil
Apply a face oil, after you have cleansed your skin and followed with a serum (if you are using one).
Alternatively, apply a face oil after you have cleansed your skin and followed with a spritz of face mist.
In the evening, a face oil might be all that your skin requires, and be the final step in your skin care sequence.
In the morning, however, you might want to follow with a moisturiser, if you’re going to be out and about exposed to the elements, as a moisturiser will provide that final layer of protection, sealing in all the beneficial properties from the products applied before.
Our favourite face oils for helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines:
BE GENKI rejuvenating beauty oil
EARTH WISE BEAUTY black locust firming concentrate
LIVING LIBATIONS royal rose CoQ10 serum
MOROCCAN NATURAL 24K gold serum with rose oil
Our favourite face oils for helping to balance oily skin and prevent acne:
EARTH WISE BEAUTY fern and moss face serum
Our favourite face oils for helping to minimise the appearance of pigmentation:
EARTH WISE BEAUTY ruby face oil
LIVING LIBATIONS ensorcell serum
Our favourite face oil for helping to calm super sensitive skin:
PHAEDRA BOTANICALS ex prunis antioxidant treatment oil
Our favourite face oil for helping to revive dull sallow skin:
MOROCCAN NATURAL argan glow
PHAEDRA BOTANICALS erato’s multipurpose essence
HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE FACE OILS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE?
Our brand and product selection is based on thorough research, based on 20+ years of industry experience. If we are not certain that an ingredient is safe and effective at bringing about desired results, we won’t stock the product. ‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ products and online shops are becoming more prevalent these days. Whilst this is great, it also is rather confusing, as many ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ brands out there contain toxic ingredients that sound ‘natural’ or ‘naturally-derived’ but are indeed irritating to the skin and internal organs. If you are unsure about any ingredient, product or brand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comment box below.