Chances are if you're looking for younger, dewier, more radiant skin, one of the last things you're probably thinking of adding to
your skin care regime is oil.
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But it just so happens that oils are the biggest thing out there when it comes to moisture boosting, wrinkle fighting, inflammation reducing and anti aging.
Super boosted with high performance additives such as
peptides, vitamin C, and retinols they are able to deliver
active ingredients without irritating the surface of the skin.
Standing alone they super hydrate and boost the skin,
giving it the most delicious glow.
For years I've been loving oil cleansers,
particularly the Shu Uemura cleansing oils.
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Cleansing oils both dissolve makeup and lift away impurities, without stripping the skin. They are fabulous for oily complexions too. If you think about what happens when you mix water and oil - they separate. Want to lift away excess oil? Use a specially formulated cleansing oil designed for an oily complexion, and you've struck gold.
These days I'm using the CitriCleanser cleansing oil
from Scottsdale based EstheCeuticals.
Skin care oils can be used alone, on top of serums, or mixed with moisturizers. They run the gamut from simple oils, such as Rhonda Allison's Grape Seed Oil to more complex oils.
One of the pioneers of luxury face oils is fashion stylist Linda Rodin.
Frustrated that she couldn't find skin care that worked, she made up a brew of her favorite oils (including sweet almond, argan and apricot seed) in a coffee cup in her bathroom. The change in her skin was visibly remarkable.
Rodin Olio Lusso went on to become one of the most sought after oils in the fashion industry, by makeup artists and models alike,
and has sold more than 50,000 bottle worldwide.
There are now so many different facial oils available on the market,
targeting every conceivable skin need. You can use them under foundation to make it hold and glow all day, you can use them to keep the skin hydrated. There are oils to tighten pores, others to balance sebum, some to defy aging, some to keep skin firm - the list is endless.
In my new skin care regime from EstheCeuticals I'm using their Skin Seal Ceramide Serum, which some days I use alone as a moisturizer, some days I add to my moisture equation. Most days I like to allow it to settle into my skin before I apply foundation, and on shoots I will apply a drop or two to my model or actress's face prior to foundation, just to make everything glide on smoothly and add a radiance to the skin.
Whichever facial oils you add to your skincare program you will see an almost immediate and discernible improvement to your complexion. Because that's just how they work.