Why you shouldn’t be afraid of using oils on your skin
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The skincare shelves are full of oils these days…. oils for cleansing, oils for moisturising, oils to be used as serums…. but a lot of people are still a bit scared of using an oil product on their skin, particularly if they have oily skin as they believe that these products will exacerbate the problem.
I have combination skin, with a very oily nose and chin and dry, flaky forehead and cheeks, and have been using oil products on my skin for around 2 years now with great results. When I was younger I was very scared of using rich moisturisers and oils on my chin, convinced they would make the oiliness worse and cause spots. As a result I often didn’t apply enough moisturiser and the oiliness started to get worse – this was my skin over-compensating for the lack of moisture I was giving it. Now I understand a lot better how the skin works and I am able to treat it much more kindly.
Firstly I want to talk about using oils to cleanse the skin… it may seem a bit of a strange idea to use an oil to cleanse the skin, but oil easily dissolves and lifts dirt and grime from the skin without drying it out like some foaming cleansers can do.
I’ve been using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* to cleanse my skin at night, it’s a thick golden oil with no scent and you only need around 8-9 drops to fully cleanse the whole face. It quickly lifts dirt and make-up, leaving no trace of eye make-up. When you rinse it off with water it turns into a milky emulsion and your skin is left feeling smooth and supple but not oily.
You definitely shouldn’t be scared of using oil to cleanse your face!
Another of my favourite oil products is Certified Organic Rosehip Oil from Trilogy. I wrote a full review on this product here in 2013 and this one is a bit of a bloggers favourite. Rosehip Oil is well known for being good for the skin, in particular it can help scars to fade and prevents stretch marks. Unfortunately it doesn’t smell of roses which I had hoped it would do, but that’s where the negatives end.
You only need a few drops to moisturise the whole face, and this is one of the moisturising products that I go to again and again. I find it particularly great after using a face mask, plus I know that it’s 100% natural and contains no nasty chemicals.
It doesn’t make the skin feel oily at all, as long as you don’t use too much, and I’ve noticed a fading in some of the old acne scars I have on my cheeks since I started using this. Don’t expect scars to fade straight away, but it definitely helps when you use it long term.
Another great oil product comes from one of my favourite skincare brands, Botanicals, you can read my recent review here. This oil is classed as a serum, as Botanicals recommend you apply it before your regular moisturiser which I sometimes do, or sometimes when my skin is in need of an extra boost I apply a few extra drops at nighttime instead of my moisturiser and let the effects take place overnight.
This serum is really just a blend of lots of natural oils, I love reading through the ingredients list as there are no unknown preservatives or chemicals there, just natural oils. One of the oils it contains is avocado, which is known as ‘nature’s botox’!
Don’t be put off by the fact that a lot of these skincare oils come in small bottles, and might seem expensive at first glance. You usually only need a few drops for one application, therefore each bottle will last a long time. Alternatively, if you don’t like the thought of buying an expensive oil from a shop, you could try creating your own! There are lots of great value aromatherapy oils available out there, do a bit of research and always dilute your essential oils in a carrier oil first, like sweet almond oil. I’d recommend you do a bit of research first before dabbling with aromatherapy though, as some oils can be dangerous when used on their own, or should not be used by pregnant women or on young children.
So what do you think about oils? Do they form part of your skincare regime? Which ones would you recommend?
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil starts at £11 for 70ml, available from Escentual.
Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is priced at £16.50 for 20ml, available from Look Fantastic.
Radiance Serum is priced at £25.95 for 30ml, available from Botanicals.
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