Winter can wreak havoc on the skin's barrier – especially if you are on the drier (lacking oil, not to be confused with dehydrated types, who lack water) side.
And it's not exactly difficult to work out why. Blustery gales and blasts of central heating are practically a match made in skincare hell, and can leave your face feeling sore and uncomfortably tight.
Our winter skincare saviour comes in the form of a quality facial oil. Facial massage using a rich, indulgent oil as the base is a super effective beauty hack if you're impatient and wanting your skin to appear plumper and more glowy tomorrow than it did today.
What are the skincare benefits of a facial oil?
A nourishing oil can make the world of difference when it comes to battling winter skincare woes. Dry patches, flakiness, chapped areas – all characteristically unsexy, and yet, these are unbelievably common skin issues that many suffer when the chillier months come knocking.
"Facial oils are great for helping your skin stay moisturised and retain its natural barrier," explains aesthetic practitioner Carrie Hancox from London's Centre for Surgery. "They deliver missing lipids to the surface of the skin and help address skin concerns, like dryness and dullness."
Where should facial oil sit within your skincare routine?
Applying oil under your makeup is generally inadvisable as its slip means that it won't provide a solid, grippy base for your foundation to latch onto and come lunchtime, your makeup will be all over the shop.
Use a facial oil as the last step in your evening skincare routine before slipping under the covers. Cleanse your face and swipe a cotton pad doused in liquid exfoliant over your face (beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid are excellent for sloughing away dead skin cells). Many skincare enthusiasts then go in with an active treatment, like a serum.
Follow up with a few drops of a nourishing facial oil. Swipe the product over both your palms and massage it gently but firmly into the skin.
How we chose:
Hello! Fashion's resident beauty obsessive Orin Carlin has scrupulously tested a range of facial oils and picked out the formulas that deliver the goods in terms of nourishment, glow and luxuriousness.
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