Monday, 18 November 2013

Winter Essentials: 3 of the best facial oils

Ah, winter.  How I love thee.  Thick jumpers, knee high boots, warm tights, heavy coats, snuggling under blankets, fires, casserole, warm mulled wine, long hot baths, hats.  As much as I love winter for all of the reasons before, I also love it for allowing me to start using facial oils again - the cold, dry weather saps moisture from the skin, and there's nothing like a facial oil to nourish it back to health overnight.  Here are my top three.

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate is a super rich oil which adds plenty of hydration.  It's a bit thicker and heavier than some oils I've used, and I tend to save it for nights when my skin's feeling really parched.  At around £40 for a 30ml bottle, it's not cheap, but a few drops goes a long way, and my skin always feels hydrated and plump the morning after using it.

Darphin Organic Rose Aromatic Care Oil isn't quite as hydrating as the Liz Earle oil above, but it is perfectly balanced, adding moisture and suppleness to the skin with an oil that feels light and is quickly absorbed.  Skin feels smooth and soft the morning after, with absolutely no residue at all.  At £45 for 15ml, this is one of the more expensive oils I've tried, but if you're looking for something to provide balanced hydration which won't overwhelm your skin, this is a great little bottle of oil.

The Sanctuary Therapist's Secret Facial Oil is a brilliant high street oil - it's light enough to use a drop during the daytime, but a few drops applied at night time plumps, smooths and hydrates the skin with no visible residue come morning.  I've actually been using this on and off for at least ten years in one form or another, and repurchase it between testing other oils as it's just so dependably good.  At £17.50, it won't break the bank either.

What's your favourite winter-time skin nourisher?

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  1. Useful post, although I don't think I could stand the feel of oils on my skin x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    1. You should try it! The right kind sinks in quickly and just leaves the skin feeling lovely and soft :)

  2. Do u know if the sanctuary oil is safe to use when pregnant?? My best friend has seriously dry skin n think this would really help :) x

    1. I don't think there's any problem in using it when pregnant - I'd recommend calling the customer care line if you want a definitive answer though!


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