Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A trend for oils in skincare

As I get older my skin seems to get more dry and lined (you don't say) so I'm extremely interested in facial oils, which seem to be becoming more popular in skin care. I was at a launch a few weeks ago for Trilogy's new rosehip oil that also contains lycopene from tomatoes, known for its anti-cancer properties. I have been using it on and off for a while and it is very moisturising but strangely enough, without leaving a greasy finish. It has a sort of powdery feel, which is a little weird but means your hands aren't all sticky after applying it. Any residue left on my fingers I just rub into my hands as a moisturising boost to my hand cream. The Trilogy oil is formulated for day and evening use, but I find it's not quite rich enough for overnight, my skin needs something more, for daytime thought it's fine and you don't need much of course, being an oil, so it should last ages.

Hey, I've just noticed, the oil goes into shops today! Timing.

The second oil I've tried lately is Radiance Night Oil by Living Nature, a company from New Zealand that uses organic native plants in its products and and does not include parabens or synthetic preservatives. It is also not tested on animals, which is another bonus. The manufacturers claim lab trials in Italy confirm the oil "increases hyaluronic acid synthesis, needed by the body to improve skin firmness and hydration as well as aid cell repair and rejuvenation, resulting in fresher, firmer, more youthful-looking skin".

Whatever the science behind the product, I have found the oil is rich and nourishing, and really like it. I only use it at night and my skin does look smooth and more plump in the morning, the kind of effect a good night cream gives and a better result than a lot of middle market creams I've experienced. It also smells lovely, possibly due to the rose petals, frankincense and calendula it contains. This one also contains rosehips.

The final oil in my trial trio is Huile Quintessentielle by Melvita. It's no secret that I love Melvita products, I've blogged about them before and will do again (soon in fact). Alas this oil is not on my faves list. It's okay to use but really quite greasy and it tends to separate in the bottle (or maybe that's just my sample), which makes it difficult to apply and absorb even when shaken beforehand. This is only one of several in the range and I might get on with one of the other versions better, but this is the only one I've tried so far. I only use this at night as it's far to sticky for daytime, but on the plus side it is organic, contains lots of goodies including carrot, myrrh, rosewood and neroli essential oils, hemp and argan oils, has a lovely light fragrance and is great as a once-a-week massage treatment for your face.

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