No matter your skin type, your complexion will benefit from the nourishing and protective care of a skincare oil. But how do you know which one is right for you? Surely an oil is an oil… right?
Not as much as you might think. Oils may look very similar, but there’s a world of difference between one formula and the next. A skincare treatment oil is rarely ‘just an oil’; it normally represents a cocktail of different extracts from different sources, each with their own function and purpose. Many have added ingredients that tackle specific skin concerns – akin to your moisturiser – which makes each formula quite unique.
Ready for more supple and nourished skin? It’s time to find your ideal match.
Whether you’re completely new to using skincare oils, you don’t have specific skincare concerns that you’d like to address, or you’d simply like your skincare oil to do a little bit of everything – you won’t find a more universally-pleasing formula than this bestseller from REN.
The Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil gives your skin a great big boost of everything it needs – and then some! Packed with goodness, it feeds skin with antioxidant and repairing vitamins A and E from rose hip and rice bran oils, plus omegas 3, 6 and 9 from brown algae to plump and soothe. Suitable for men and women of all skin types and ages, it’s the most versatile facial oil in our edit.
The One for Oily Skin
Think you can’t use an oil if you have oily skin? Think again. It’s all about finding a formula that won’t overburden skin and will help to balance an overproduction of sebum, like this clever treatment from French skincare maestros, Clarins.
The lightweight oil is created with a combination of astringent geranium oil, rosewood oil and lotus to purify complexions and ensure calm. It’s suitable for both day and night, but I particularly like to use it in lieu of a moisturiser in the evening – you’ll wake up to smoother, more balanced skin.
The One for City Dwellers
If you live in a city, I’d wage a bet that you’ve experienced that dreaded ‘grey’ hue caused by dull and congested skin. Some of this dullness can be attributed to naughty late nights and a poor diet, but it’s important not to forget the effects of pollution, which can really do a number on the wellbeing of your skin. If you’d like to get your radiance back, load up on the antioxidant care of this Detox Oil from Caudalie.
Crafted with a 100% natural base comprised of grapeseed, rosehip, neroli, lavender and carrot oils, this treatment renews skin with a powerful dose of polyphenols and vitamin C as you sleep for improved radiance upon waking. If you’re looking for brighter, clearer and better protected skin (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) this oil is for you.
Starting to get serious about anti-ageing? This golden dry oil from Guerlain’s Abeille Royale is the next step.
At the heart of this exceptionally luxurious treatment is something quite unusual: an association of two bee products, renowned for their ability to repair micro-tears in the skin. Rare Ouessant honey from black bees and Guerlain’s Pure Royal Concentrate stimulate the key mechanisms in the skin responsible for firmness and smoothness, resulting in a more youthful appearance with an added boost of radiance. Apply using facial massage techniques to further tone the skin.
The One for Mature Skin
And finally, a brand new treatment oil created especially for mature skin. As skin ages it experiences a loss of firmness, density and moisture, which accelerates further as you go through the hormonal changes of your 50s and 60s. This oil is packed full of incredibly nourishing ingredients including shea butter and rice bran oil, which not only replenish lost lipids, but also help to redensify the skin for a plumper and more smooth appearance.
This oil is brilliantly multi-purpose. Use a few drops as a serum after cleansing and before moisturising, layer on as a treatment mask at night, use in lieu of your moisturiser, or add a small amount to your foundation to create a more fluid and supple base. As it’s a dry oil texture, it doesn’t feel greasy or overburdening – just velvety and soft.
Over to you!
What’s your favourite skincare treatment oil?