Two years ago my face was an oil-free product zone. Wedged into the combination skintype category I winced at my greasy T-zone and slapped on products more likely to be found in the teenage section of Boots than anywhere else. Stripping, foaming and most definitely oil-free formulas; the drier my skin felt the happier I was. Fast forward to the present day and my skincare set-up couldn’t look more different. Age, London-life and my general disregard of my recommended water intake (it goes right through me if you get my drift), has left my complexion in the more normal but dehydrated grouping so I like to layer on emollient creams, balm textured cleansers and a hella’ a load of oils. The latter being the most satisfying product to apply of the bunch. A mini spa-esque massage each night propped up at my basin - my skin drinks up the stuff. So much so I like to have three in rotation – you know me. Here’s the need to know on the trio of oily ointments that I’ve tailored into my routine…
Three may seem a little exorbitant but allow me to break it down. My skin likes to surprise me when I wake up each morning so I wade into my skincare wardrobe everyday to find a suitable regime fit so I have an oil option for dry, normal(ish) and overly sebum producing days. Oil-slick days work well with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate* (not to be confused with Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair – ANR is more of a serum, the Kiehl’s more an oil). Containing a scrumptious smelling mix of essential oils, no baddies and a texture that sinks in with no residue this is trusty tool for turning ‘oily’ into ‘glowy’. If my skin is giving me no complaints then I spend the whole day fist pumping and stick with the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil*. This has been a permanent fixture in my stash for well over a year now and keeps everything balanced and in check without any heaviness – P.S) it also smells ah-mazing and lasts forever. Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil is a product that gets wheeled out for particularly parched days. Delivering a heftier dose of hydration than the other two it hangs around for a little longer on the skin but does any dry patches the world of good.
I tend to stick to the ‘oily evening’ approach, and warm up the product up between my hands before pressing into the face post-serum and pre-moisturiser before bed. Although I do make the odd exception in the morning on flakey days when a drop of oil is added to my moisturiser to soup-up the formula. The moral of the story? Halt the stripping and get oily. Oh-er.