Why Facial Oils Might Be Better Than Moisturiser
When it comes to rejuvenating your skin, oil is the cream of the crop.
Winter is cancelled. It’s cold, it’s tough on our skin, and it’s been going on for far, far too long. Mercifully, next week officially marks the beginning of spring, and so we’re turning our thoughts to how we can forget winter ever happened. Which brings us to facial oils.
Despite having been used by dermatologists for years, we men in the street often worry that slathering oil onto our faces is, well, counter-intuitive to achieving nicer skin. But that isn’t always true. Instead, facial oils more accurately mimic the natural oils produced by your skin than a moisturising cream does, making them the perfect thing to rejuvenate your face. They also happen to be easier to apply. Plus, contrary to popular belief, they can be used on both oily and dry skin to stabilise oil production and calm skin down. With all that in mind, we've picked out four facial oils below for every skin type.
THE REJUVENATING MARVEL
Natura Bissé’s Diamond collection was designed with premium ingredients to provide skin with the best possible rejuvenation. The Diamond Extreme Oil works like a moisturiser, and is made from a fusion of biomimetic oils that nourish and protect skin. Use it alone, or mix a couple of drops with your normal moisturiser to add an extra boost of hydration. For seriously noticeable results, combine it with the brand’s Diamond Extreme Mask, an overnight concentrate that was designed to be used with the oil, made from retinol and marine DNA. Slather a layer of the mask over the oil before you go to bed, and you’ll wake up with skin that is positively glowing. In a good way.
Winter can leave skin stressed out enough, but if you live and work in a city, you’ll also likely have to deal with pollution and a hectic work schedule. For a little self-care, try M.E. Skin Lab’s Huile 27, a “bio-nourishing, cell-regenerating” formula made with macadamia oil to strengthen the skin and tiger nut oil to soften it. Its woody scent is subtly masculine, and you can also use it in your hair if that needs a little help. For an extra pick me up, give Perricone MD’s Vitamin C Ester 15 cream a go – applied to cleanse skin overnight it will boost collagen production and leave skin looking firmer and well-rested.
THE OVERNIGHT RESURFACER
Designed to be used in the evening while skin is repairing itself, 111Skin’s Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil might have a bit of a fancy-pants name, but what it lacks in modesty it makes up for in results. Made from a concoction of eight natural oils, it’s a heavy-duty product intended to be used overnight so you can wake up the next day looking like a new man. Complement it with the Grown Alchemist’s Age-Repair Eye Cream for a little pick-me-up around your eyes.
THE LIQUID YOUTH
The skin’s natural oil production decreases over time, so as we age, skin looks less full and bright. Don’t worry though; cosmetics master Sisley – Paris has created something that will help slow down the process. Yes, it might be called Black Rose Precious Face Oil, but give it five years more years of ageing and you’ll be happy you invested. To make sure the youth of the skin on your face matches that on your body, you’d do well to try Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Aging Body Cream – as well as moisturising, it stimulates the skin’s natural antioxidant system into protecting itself against free radicals.