With the weather changing, how do you keep your skin feeling hydrated, moisturised and healthy? We've got the answer: oils. Those tiny bottles of oil that promise a youthful complexion can, and will, benefit the skin.
It’s no secret that when you get older wrinkles look deeper because the skin’s natural oils decrease, which means the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out.
Yes, the creams you put on your face every day may contain oil, but not enough to make a big difference, because oils are lipophilic. What does that mean, we hear you cry? This means they pass though the fatty layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively.
If you’re looking to decrease inflammation, try argan, yangu, or borage seed oils as they prevent irritation. Smooth one on after your nightly anti-ageing treatment and a few drops will cover your face and calm the skin. Beginners should try olive and coconut oils — they make GREAT moisturisers.
If you have dry skin, mixing a bit of non-fragrant plant oil (argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or almond oil) into your non-SPF moisturiser or serum is a great way to boost the moisture and repair benefits of your routine. You can also apply a few drops straight on to skin after cleansing, toning, applying an exfoliant and moisturising.
There isn’t a single best way to apply a face oil — and they can be used with any serum or treatment. However, you don’t want to mix your face oil into your daytime moisturiser with SPF. If you do, it dilutes the sunscreen’s effectiveness.
As a general rule oils can penetrate moisturisers but not the other way round, so moisturise first, allow it to sink in and pat oil onto dry areas, or all over, to seal in the moisturiser.
Top tip: Use the pads of your forefingers to gently massage the area beneath your eyes to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
On a separate note, oils aren’t just for keeping your skin nourished. Oils can calm you, and uplift your mood. If work has been stressful, a few drops of lavender oil on your wrist or in a diffuser will calm you down and help you unwind.