'A good facial oil will have the same visual effect as dubbin on an old leather boot – lines and wrinkles are plumped, the surface is smoother, more supple'
A friend asked recently if I had any products I'd like tested, but could I ensure nothing contained oil as a beautician had told her she should never allow it near her oily skin. It's frustrating how often I hear such cobblers. Saying any person should avoid all oil is very much like saying one should avoid all fats in food. Not all are created equal.
A good facial oil will have the same visual effect as dubbin on an old leather boot – lines and wrinkles are plumped, the surface is smoother, more supple. Oil, more than any other product, will give the impatient woman the visible results she craves – the right one will make you look better tomorrow than you did today. Dry-skinned women often know this, while oilier types have been scared off, worried they'll break out in a spotty pool of grease. But blends containing oils like lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, grapeseed, pomegranate, rosemary, lavender and evening primrose can be wonderful on problem skins – and I say this as a renowned alternative therapy sceptic. If you can't be bothered to blend your own (and who can?), below are some of my favourite oily skin facial oils.
Oily Skin Facial Oils
Manuka Doctor Normalising Facial Oil, £19.99I'm consistently impressed with this brand. They make good-quality products at fair prices, and are fussy about their ingredients. This is effective and good value.
Dr Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil, £25
A very good oil that, despite its name, can be used at night-time (more practical since it's not a great base for makeup). Leaves skin soft, smooth and ungreasy.
Decléor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Super Serum, £44
Ignore the name – this is an oil, not a serum. It is one of the first things I recommend to those with oily, problem skin. As with all oils, it isn't cheap, but lasts a very long time.
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