Far from leaving your face shiny and greasy, the right oils can help to ease, smooth, restore, plump and heal, yes really. We have had a look at how oils can be added to your skincare routine and you might be surprised at the results.
Many of us associate argan oil with healthy looking hair, but this natural gem from Morocco is first class when it comes to looking after your skin. Rich and hydrating, argan oil is brilliant for sensitive, redness-prone skin and is perfect as we move from autumn to winter. You can apply this lovely, lightweight oil to any areas from your face to your hands and your toes, and once massaged in simply wait for the goodness to sink in and soothe.
Calendula oil is found in many products and this is due to its skin-saving benefits. The high carotenoid content is responsible for calendula’s bright yellow flower, and this potent pigment is also full of the antioxidants that help prevent skin damage by reducing the effects of pollution – clever. If you add a couple of drops of calendula oil to your morning moisturiser, you will get a natural pollution-protective boost and your skin will glow for all the right reasons.
Coconut oil is fast becoming a kitchen staple, but it is also great for your skin. As well as reducing inflammation and helping to heal wounds, it keeps skin moisturised and soft. The fatty acids that naturally occur in coconut oil, can also deal with acne and flaking, and this oil can even protect skin from harmful bacteria thanks to the magical anti-microbial properties. Simply massage a little into your skin before going to bed, and if you have any left, use on the ends of your hair to give them a little extra TLC.
We have a lot of time, and love, for lavender oil. As well as helping to heal infections and calm inflammation, this oil is a great way to get a good night’s beauty sleep. The reason this happens is that lavender oil can help to increase and decrease slow-wave and REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep and if this happens, you wake feeling brighter and your skin looks plumper and rested. The best way to use lavender oil is to add several drops onto a tissue and place this in your pillowcase, then drift off to sleep.
Rosehip oil comes with natural restorative powers thanks to the high fatty acid content from linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids. If you are worried about ageing, rosehip oil can aid the regeneration of skin cells, it can help to reduce scarring, ease fine lines and even deal with sun pigmentation. Go for pure, cold-pressed varieties as these come packed with the most goodness and yes, it does have a golden glow. For ease of use, and best results, cleanse and tone your skin before bed and then massage rosehip oil directly into your face and neck, and you should wake up with softer, smoother skin.
Team Pure Beauty