I know what you’re thinking – “Great, another step to add to my expanding routine!” Please hear me out.
If you’re a dry skinned individual, a facial oil could be the perfect addition to help retain moisture and nourish your skin.
If you’re more of an oily/combination individual, retaining moisture in the skin is still just as important for you. Although some oils can be suitable (and very beneficial) for oily skin types, you may feel more comfortable with a serum, that includes oils.
Not all oils are created equally, so please stop yourself from running to your kitchen and dousing yourself in olive oil. You need to think about what oils are going to be best for you and your skin.
On a similar note, ignore your aunt’s Pinterest board, coconut oil is also not your answer. I love coconut oil for deep conditioning my hair, but it is extremely comedogenic – meaning it’ll clog your pores, cause spots and irritate the skin.
So now we now know what to ditch, what would I recommend to look out for in oils and serums?
I would try something with Hyaluronic Acid, which will penetrate deep into the skin and promote natural hydrations, as it’s a compound that is natural produced by the body.
Omega-3 oils are also great, which I’m sure most of you have heard the benefits of in your diets. Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatry that will help soothe the skin, making it a great ingredient to look out for acne prone skin. They can be found in lots of different natural oils.
Antioxidant rich oils and serums are also a great addition for the skin, as they help the skin repair,protect itself from UV rays (but please also wear an SPF!) and protect from other environmental pollutants that may damage the skin. Most products containing antioxidants will boast them on their descriptions and names, making them quite easy to spot.
Choose wisely and do a bit of googling is you’re ever unsure. Remember, the higher the content of the ingredient, the higher it’ll appear on the product ingredient list.
Here are some facial oils and oil based that I’m currently loving –
Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil*
This oil is a fantastic one to use. It’s main oil ingredient is Grape Seed Oil which boasts antioxidant,anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also includes – Sweet Almond Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit oil, Orange Leaf oil, Carrot Seed oil, Sandalwood oil, Orange Flower oil and Lavender oil.
Lime and Lilac Light Facial Oil
This oil would be a great pick for someone who is more spot prone as it is a light formula and specially has non comedogenic ingredients. I would suggest reading Lime and Lilac’s ingredient page, as it lists the full benefit of each oil. It’s pretty extensive and helps balance and improve a variety of skin concerns from rosacea (excess redness) to uneven texture. It includes – Safflower Seed oil, Watermelon Seed oil, Prickly Pear oil, Passion Flower Seed Oil, Hemp Seed oil, Argan oil, Neroli essential oil and Frankincense essential Oil
Dr Roebuck’s Serums
Dr Roebuck’s, an Australian brand, designed for dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin.
Their Reverse Ageing Serum* is a great option for maturing skin. It includes plant based Squaline, which is an oil derivative antioxidant that has been used medically for wound repair. It also includes Sunflower Seed oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Starflower Oil and Bergamot Fruit Oil
Their Anti-Pollution Serum* (recently rebranded from Protect and Prevent Serum) is a deeply hydrating serum that includes, Hyaluronic Acid, Sacha Inchi Nut oil, Starflower Oil, Sunflower Seed oil and plant based Squaline,
Their Collagen Boosting Serum* (recently rebranded from Boost and Tighten Serum) is a great hydrating option for oiler skin. It includes, Hyaluronic Acid, Lemongrass Oil, Starflower oil, Sacha Inchi Nut oil and Sunflower Seed Oil.
Please let me know which oils and serums you love and if you’ll be including oils and oil rich serums in your skincare regime.
*Disclaimer – Product that have and asterisk symbol where gifted to me for PR purposes. All opinions are my own