Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Drizzle with oil

I'm having a thing for facial oils at the moment. My skin is going through stage of being both dry and prone to spots, and I'm finding that facial oils are really starting to sort it all out. If this continuing cold weather is taking its toll on your skin, and it's feeling increasingly dry and sensitised, then perhaps trying a facial oil could also help you out.

In the evening, on top of my faithful Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, I layer Caudalie's Purifying Concentrate, if I'm out to tackle a breakout. If I'm targeting dry skin, then I go for Clarins' Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, £30 John Lewis. It sinks in brilliantly, and gives a radiant, soft finish to my skin. I can use it in the morning and put my foundation over the top after just a couple of minutes, and my makeup looks all the better for it. I first tried this when staying out at Liverpool Lou's after a hen-do, and this oil faded away all those classic hangover tell-tale signs - and I was hooked from then on.

{Caudalie purifying concentrate, £26 HQhair}

{selection of oils}

I had first started out using Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, £26.50, John Lewis. Whilst I loved the effect on my skin, I found that if I used it before bed, the oil which is very yellowy in colour, stained my pillowcase, and I felt like the pillow was getting more of a benefit than my skin. So I started using it in the morning, and whilst my makeup went on well over the top, it gave it a VERY dewy look, which I wasn't always after. So the only real time I could use it was when I was having a makeup free day. Still, I'd give it a try, especially if your skin is overly dry, or if you're trying to tackle acne scarring - the rosehip really works to resolve it. And the product gets rave review - particularly the original version, without the added antioxidants.

Whilst we're on the subject of oils, I'd been looking for a better value hair oil to use than Morrocan Oil, and tried a sample of Elvive Extraordinary Oil for hair, £9.99 from Boots. I'm sold, and have ordered a bottle - it basically does everything that my Morrocan Oil does, for less than half the price.

The almost finished bottle of oil sneaking in to the left of the picture above is my Neem Nail Oil, £24.95 from Dr Hauschka. This bottle is so old, the label has peeled off, and so that's testament to how long this product will last you, even with regular application. I have got the worst thin, weak nails, and am prone to biting the skin around my nails in the most revolting way. But this oil smooths the skin, strengthens the nail, and softens the cuticle. And lasts almost forever.

If you're interested in getting into the world of facial oils, then Boots have their much lauded Botanics Facial Oil on offer at the moment - a reasonably priced way of trying this type of product, which also includes the all-star Rosehip. And also in the lower price bracket is the Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip - another much praised oil which targets scarring, but also collagen production, so tackles any anti-ageing concerns you might have at the same time.

{avodaco oil & rosehip, £18.99 Antipodes}

{Botanics 100% organic facial oil, £4.99 Boots}


  1. I have to tell you that I have been using the Botanics oil for a while and love it. I didn't know it was on offer at the moment so I'm going to re-stock while it is. Thanks!

    1. Yes, if you can find it - the shelves in Boots are bare! There's still some in Portsmouth if you fancy a day trip.

  2. I have also started using oils on my face for the last few weeks- have started to cleanse a few times a week at night with olive oil rinsed off with warm water (can't afford anything better at the mo) and that has been lovely- Radders

    1. Top tip Radders! Are you seeing results in your skin? Never thought of cleansing my face with olive oil. x