These days we’re happy to use oils in our hair, but what about on our skin? Concerns about breakouts, high shine and clogged pores often act as a deterrent. However, adding the right kind to your regime will give you healthier, suppler skin, plus keep it guarded from the worst our weather can do.
NEED TO KNOW
• Starting from our late thirties, our skin produces less of the natural oils that keep it healthy so wrinkles look more obvious. Oils can plump the skin with moisture and replenish the lipid barrier so it protects itself better and is less likely to dry out.
• Plant and seed oils are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
• They have a molecular structure that can easily absorb into the layers of the epidermis, making them the perfect carrier to deliver nutrients.
• Ideal for sensitive skins, oils don’t require the same preservative systems as creams/lotions and fewer ingredients mean less chance of irritation.
• Cheap products can clog pores, but high-quality, pure plant ones can help restore balance, preventing congestion.
LOCKING IT IN
Apply on freshly washed, damp skin to help lock in moisture. Put a few drops into the palms of your hands and warm before patting onto the face and neck, then massaging gently. Wait at least a couple of minutes before using sunscreen or foundation.
GREAT AND THE GOOD
• Use rosehip for dehydrated and ageing skin, as well as scars and stretch marks.
• Argan, calendula and borage seed help prevent inflammation.
• Avocado is rich in vitamin E and useful for dry, itchy, ageing and sun-damaged skins.
• Dilo helps regenerate tissue, heal and hydrate.
• Macadamia is recommended for mature and sensitive skins.
• Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant and wrinkle fighter.
• Sweet almond is non-greasy and great for all skin types.
• Apricot kernel is light, gentle and balancing.
• Wheatgerm has benefits for those with very damaged skin or conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
• Evening primrose helps prevent clogged pores, so is useful for anyone who is prone to acne.
• Jojoba has multiple benefits for all skin types.
WHO LOVES THEM?
Face oils have been used by women for thousands of years. They are hot backstage at fashion shows – make-up artists use them to give models a dewy glow. Lots of celebs are fans too, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone and Miranda Kerr, as they nourish without exposure to chemicals.
Which suits you?
Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus $35.90
(1). The new generation of Trilogy’s original is boosted with antioxidants to give it more power.
Dr. Hauschka Normalising Day Oil $69 (2).
Fast-absorbing and designed to balance problem skins.
Jurlique Treatment Oils, $85 each. A range of
oils targeted at specific concerns. Choose between Skin Balancing, Revitalising Antioxidant and Firming.
Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum $56.
Light and complex, this blend includes rosehip, pomegranate, borage and evening primrose.
Living Nature Radiance Night Oil $90 (3). A soft, rose-scented mix of calendula, jojoba and rosehip.
Moreish Argan Oil $34.99.
This 100% Morroccan oil can be used as a skin, hair or cuticle treatment.
About Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.commore of this author