We might know a thing or two about oil in our corner of the world, but many of us are still in the dark about the benefits of oils and serums as part of our skincare routines. Whether you’re 14, 40 or 84, male or female, there’s one to suit the needs of every skin…
Serums are traditionally water-based skin care products that are infused with vitamin-rich oils, minerals and antioxidants. Their ultra-lightweight formula won’t leave your skin feeling weighed down or congested. They help to lock in moisture, reduce wrinkles and tone the skin, as well as helping to reduce inflammation caused by acne and other skin conditions.
Facial oils work by creating a protective layer that seals moisture into your skin and by providing nourishing vitamins and minerals. They help to combat the effects of traffic pollution and cigarette smoke, however any product applied after your oil won’t be able to deliver its full benefits and will be partly wasted. This means it’s a good idea to apply a drop or two after your usual moisturiser as you get ready for bed as this will help to rebalance, rehydrate and restore your skin.
Organic skin care expert Charlotte Vøhtz, explained, “A good face oil contains high quality, pure ingredients derived from organic sources that are rich in skin-loving natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to nourish and protect.
‘My advice is to look for a product that contains a blend of ultra-nourishing fruit, seed and flower oils that work together. That way you get the benefits from many different plants and a product that offers a light, easily-absorbed skin feel. My go to choices would be products which include jojoba, avocado, rosehip and lecithin and I’d suggest avoiding products that contain liquid paraffin and silicones, synthetic fragrances or colourants are these often cause skin irritation’.
Here’s our pick of the best oils and serums from boutique beauty brands…
Alteya Organics Rosehip Seed Oil
At £12.95, Alteya`s 100% USDA certified organic cold pressed oils offers high end performance at a bargain price. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which are great for soothing, softening and hydrating the skin. It is particularly useful for lessening the effects of sun damage and it helps reduce skin discolouration. Find it at alteya.co.uk
ORMEDIC Balancing Anti-Oxidant Serum
This is a great option if you’re looking for a serum you can use every day to soothe the skin and reduce damage. It smells wonderful and the doctor-formulated combination of Kakadu plum, beetroot extract, organic grape water and hyaluronic acid are perfect if your skin is tired looking or dry. £58.00 from imageskincare.co.uk/ormedic-balancing-anti-oxidant-serum
Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum
This is a superb choice if you’re looking for intensive hydration or a product for sensitive or more mature skin. The combination of hyaluronic acid, sugar beet and hop flowers is absorbed quickly and works to plump up the skin, reducing hyperpigmentation and age spots. It comes with great organic and natural credentials. £27 from greenpeople.co.uk
Nordic Roots Marine Facial Oil
Nordic Roots also produce one of the most effective marine facial oils on the market. It’s rich in anti-oxidant vitamin E and seaweed that helps boost collagen production for smooth, firmer, younger looking skin with fewer lines and an even skin tone. £28 from greenpeople.co.uk
Crystal Clear Quartz Powerball Miracle Eye Serum
Oils are too heavy for the delicate eye area, so go for Crystal Clear’s Quartz Powerball Miracle Eye Serum. It’s a cooling gel that’s best applied in the morning or about 10 minutes before a Zoom meeting to reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. The ingredients include hyaluronic acid and quartz crystals. £39.99 from crystalclear.co.uk