The Beauty Of Oils
In the ever-evolving world of beauty, you’re never far from the latest cult product, new and transformative techniques and of-the-moment brands that should be on everyone’s lips.
Changing the way we approach our daily beauty routines, whether it’s how we cleanse, moisturise or infuse our skin with some much-needed hydration, oil-based products have made their way to the fore of skincare. We spoke to some of the world’s leading beauty brands about how oil can rejuvenate your beauty regime...
To cleanse – By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil
“It is scientifically proven that oil dissolves oil so using cleansing oil will remove grease and impurities from the pores,” says Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry. “Oils deeply nourish and moisturise the skin and balance out the natural oils the skin produces. Our Cellularose Cleansing Oil should be delicately massaged into the skin, to gently melt away impurities and dissolve waterproof make-up. The formula boasts White Brightening Roses Native Cells, nourishing jojoba oil, regenerating camellia oil, hydrating olive oil extract and radical-fighting cherry blossom extract for a deep cleanse without irritation - magic in a bottle!”
How to use: Apply with dry fingertips to dry skin and eyes. Massage over the skin and circulate gently to loosen all traces of make-up. Wipe off with a clean muslin cloth and rinse with water.
To soothe – Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
“Soothing Cleansing Oil is perfect for all skin types, even the most oily. This super-gentle formula instantly melts all make-up,” says Amy Conway, Global PRO Artist at Bobbi Brown. “Cleansing oil is essential to my daily beauty routine, not only for its pure convenience and ease, but its ability to nourish the skin and impart an instant boost of radiance. What's unique about Bobbi's Soothing Cleansing Oil is it's luxurious and all completely natural! It contains no alcohol - so it doesn't leave the skin dry and tight,” Amy adds.
How to use: "The best way to use it is to apply 2-3 pumps in the palm of your hand, and massage into the skin," Amy advises.
To transform – Crème de la Mer Renewal Oil
“The beautiful thing about this product is that it can be used in so many ways - the ritual begins on the face. Take a few drops in your hand and breathe in the benefit of the aroma. It can be used as a primer, it can be mixed into Crème de la Mer Moisturisers, used for more hydration on the plane, or an evening mask,” informs Loretta Miraglia, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Crème de la Mer. “It not only softens and hydrates; it infuses skin with the energy to renew youth – providing a completely sensorial experience. Collagen production improves, lines and wrinkles are softened, skin is firmed and the skin’s barrier strength becomes more resilient - helping to prevent dehydration. The translucency it brings to my face is unparalleled - it’s my new can’t-live-without product,” Loretta adds.
How to use: Gently massage 3-5 drops into your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
To firm – Omorovicza Firming Body Oil
“Omorovicza Firming Body Oil tones and improves elasticity with plum almond oil. Powered with vitamin A, E and calendula oil, it helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and leaves skin hydrated, soft and silky-smooth. The oil balances and soothes the skin with essential oils of sage, chamomile, rosemary and rose geranium,” says Hungarian skincare brand, Omorovicza. “There are so many benefits of using oils. As you get older, wrinkles suddenly look deeper and the skin produces less collagen and loses elasticity - one of the reasons being that the moisture barrier breaks down and the skin dries out. Most moisturisers contain a bit of oil, although not enough to make a difference to this water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively,” the brand advises.
How to use: Apply a small amount to your body and massage well using circular motions.
To prevent ageing – Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil
Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil nourishes and helps combat the visible signs of dermal ageing. Considered a ‘beauty elixir’ to enhance and soften the skin, the oil contains powerful extracts of black rose and the essential oils of Bulgarian rose, magnolia and geranium, along with camelina oil, plum oil and avocado extract which nourishes, regenerates, repairs and soothes. With a texture that’s ultra-fine and silky, it leaves your skin with a luxurious satin finish. “We use the Black Baccara Rose, which was created in 2000 by a famous French rose producer. The aim was to produce a very dark rose by increasing the colour pigments which are known for their good antioxidant properties in the petals. The extract is rich in carotenoids which are very good free-radical traps and help to bring nutrition, emolliency and softness to the skin,” advises Dr José Ginestar, Sisley’s Scientific Director.
How to use: Apply 3-7 drops morning or evening, alone or under daily skincare products to prepare and soothe the skin.
For mind and body – Aveda Singular Note Oil
“Essential oil is a great addition to your daily beauty routine as it is such a multi-tasking product,” advises beauty brand, Aveda. “Blended into a carrier vase of rich, emollient coconut oil or applied directly to skin, hair, scalp and bath water, it seals in your skin’s moisture. It can also change how you feel – depending on what your needs are you can feel instantly energised, uplifted or calm and de-stressed depending on the choice of aroma,” says the brand.
How to use: “Aveda Rose Absolute Oil, for example, may be worn alone or custom-blended to create a unique aroma. Add a few drops to a warm bath for a refreshing or calming personal ritual, or smooth over moist skin after a shower or bath.”
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