Long before the current trend for hair oils started, it became popular for us to slather our skin in oil. Not just any auld oil of course, but a concoction of ingredients that promise to hydrate, calm and inject the skin with good stuff. Much like a serum, the main benefits of a facial oil are deep hydration and a plumping effect. They are suitable for all ages, but I think they're particularly useful if, like me, you are in your twenties (I was 23 this week, ew) and are looking for pre-emptive steps to prevent your skin from ageing.
As these products are so potent and moisturising, you would surely think that they aren't suited to an oily skin type, but some are! I have two to talk about today and will run through the pros and cons of both - so if you're thinking of investing in one, keep reading!
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate* (€47.50 for 28ml) is a blend of natural plant oils and vitamin E, suitable for all skin types. If your skin is oily, this can hydrate and rebalance it. The product feels quite thick, oily (duh), and, to be honest, stinks. The smell is pretty damn pungent, but don't let this put you off, as the positives definitely outweigh this one negative.
If you're unsure about splashing out on a facial oil, this could be a great option as it comes in different sizes - you could try 2ml for €7 or 10ml for €23.50. For a pricey product, this is a great idea. Although this is expensive stuff, you only need a tiny amount - about two drops or one pump, so it will last you a very long time.
The effect this had on my skin was visible every morning after I had used it the night before. My skin would appear plumper, and more radiant. As this is such a rich product, I never use it more that once or twice a week. Liz Earle say that using this oil can help to rebalance oily skin - I can't attest to this but it's a really, really nice product that will nourish and care for your skin no end.
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil* (€39.65 for 30ml) was the first facial oil that I ever tried. It's specially geared towards combination skin, as the ingredients are naturally astringent. As well as moisturising the skin deep down, this oil also claims to refine the skin's texture and tighten pores.
First impressions were that this is a beautiful product, and that thought remains with me as I type this. The packaging is pretty, and the oil itself smells divine. Clarins advise that you use two drops of this distributed evenly over your hands, and inhale the scent before patting the product onto your face for a really relaxing experience. I liked the smell so much that I think it even helped me to sleep - how's that for a hardworking product?!
I think, that overall, the effect of this was pretty much the exact same as the Liz Earle oil. My skin felt plumper, healthier and well hydrated. It didn't really do a lot for my pores, but then again mine are like potholes, so I wasn't expecting much in that department.
To finish, which oil would I recommend? It has to be the Clarins one, because of the superior (amazing) scent, and also the fact that you are getting more product for a better price. The dropper also ensures that you only use as much product as you need and eliminates waste. I know that there has been a bit of a Clarins overload on the blog recently (and there is more to come), but if a product is good, we will recommend it, and Clarins are really knocking it out of the park these days!
What's your favourite facial oil?