Most of us will remember our teenage years, desperately seeking out "Oil-Free" skincare, having had it ingrained in us to avoid anything with oil otherwise we will suffer from breakouts. Yes, some oils will clog the skin, but the right oils will actually clear breakouts and leave the skin deeply nourished, hydrated and repaired.
The beauty world has been using oils for thousands of years for their many beauty benefits with Cleopatra said to have used Almond Oil on her skin. It's only recently that oils have had a resurgence as people recognise their many skin and health benefits.
Beth Bialko, Global Education Developer for Dermalogica says Facial Oils work for every skin type, "they can dramatically strengthen, hydrate, and shield the skin while promoting a healthy, smooth, dewy finish."
As long as you use plant-based oils instead of synthetic or petroleum based ones, you can actually treat skin concerns such as dryness, ageing, uneven tone, sensitivity and acne without causing new concerns such as breakouts.
Here are 5 benefits to using facial oils:
1. They can reduce signs of premature ageing
The causes of premature ageing such as too much exposure to UV rays, naturally occurring laugh and frown lines and uneven skin tone can be reduced with oils that contain antioxidants, which aim to reduce further ageing and re-hydrating dry, lacklustre skin. The Dermalogica Active Clearing Retinol Oil is a great option to address both premature skin ageing and breakouts.
2. They're good for dry skin
This cool weather can really dehydrate the skin. Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough, rosy cheeks — and they can be layered underneath your everyday moisturiser for extra hydration or used alone.
3. They really protect your skin
Oils can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins and other common irritants out. Some oils, such as Overnight Repair Serum also help to fortify and strengthen our skin's barrier function.
4. They're the perfect primer for makeup
Oils are absorbed quickly by the skin, carefully hydrating and creating a perfect canvas for makeup application. The more hydrated your skin, the better your make up will look, without any dry, flaky patches. Phyto Replenish Oil will leave the skin with a youthful glow when applied under makeup or gently warmed in the hands and pressed gently onto the skin.
5. They're anti-inflammatory and can reduce break outs
Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe irritated skin. Oil cleansers like PreCleanse also allow for deeper cleansing on the skin, the beneficial oil attracting the pore-clogging, bad oil and allowing for deep cleansing of the skin which will enable other medicated products to be properly absorbed.
Our top pick:
The new Dermalogica Active Clearing Retinol Oil! This is a revolutionary formula that has combined for the first time Retinol Oil + Salicylic Acid - the two hero ingredients to fight premature skin ageing AND breakouts at the same time. It's an overnight repair treatment and it has been clinically proven to show visible results within the first week of use.