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The Lowdown on Facial Oils and Why You Need One This Winter
Mon, 18 June 2012 10:55AM
Apart from the occasional breakout, I’ve been pretty fortunate (touch wood) when it comes to my skin. My main gripe was always the small bumps across my cheekbones and sometimes on and around my chin that didn’t come to a head (pun intentional) but sat just under the surface. Fortunately, they were – and are – easily covered with tinted moisturiser or foundation, so I can’t really complain.
However, there came a time just over a year ago ago, typically just before my sisters wedding, when I noticed more of these bumps emerging and I began feeling a little self conscious. Since it had been a while between facials, I ducked in for an appointment a few weeks before the big day. Following a rather painful extraction experience, after which I had to hold ice packs to my cheeks for a half hour, I was given strong, and what would end up feeling like skin-stripping products to dry out my apparent oily skin. Not my most attractive of moments, Primpettes. At the time alarm bells rang, but I left myself in the hands of the professionals and began using the products. After noticing no improvement in my skin, but redness and numerous dry patches forming across my chin and nose, I stopped using them, and went back to my regular skincare routine.
Then I turned to one of my close friends and beauty therapist Leanne from Beauty at Bounce in Sydney, who took a long, hard look at my face and said not only was my skin oily or acne-prone but the drying products I was using were causing my skin to produce more sebum, contributing and creating the bumps forming underneath the super-dry surface. After a deep cleansing facial and a quick (pain-free) extraction, she used a Clarisonic and explained that I needed to a) buy one immediately and b) start using it daily, but first to begin by using a facial oil and then hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Here’s betting Rachel Bilson is a facial oil lover. How else can she explain that glow?
Again, I’d heard nothing but good things about facial oils but shied away from them because of my supposed oily skin. But it’s quite the opposite, Primpettes. Since I obviously love makeup and it’s a part of my job to experiment with different primers, foundations and powders on a daily basis, a cleansing oil should really be my BFF. I quickly fell in love with she uemura’s Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil, $81, from select David Jones stores, and suggest you add one to your skincare regime, stat. It removes both excess makeup and a build-up of melanin in your skin, while whitening and brightening a dull complexion. Or, for the pretty packaging alone and how gorgeous it will look on your bathroom cabinet, check out the mamechiyo for shu uemura’s Cleansing Oil, $115.
For those who are seasoned face oil users, bear with me, and for those who are newbies, here’s the 411. Make sure that your hands are dry, and then use between one and two pumps and apply directly onto your (dry) face and massage it in. For a quick science lesson, remember that oil and water don’t mix and actually repel one another, so when you add a splash of water to your face, it emulsifies, removing the majority of your makeup and impurities while still maintaining your skin’s moisture levels. Particularly during winter, when our skin is dry and lacklustre, using an oil cleanser, following with your favourite face wash (you still need to actually cleanse your face) and a nutrient-packed facial oil will bring your skin along in leaps and bounds.
And since we’re on the topic of she uemura, there’s another newbie I want you to meet, the Red:Juvenus Nutri-essence Oil, $80.
I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now, and it’s given my skin a much needed boost of hydration and is an absolute delight to use – soothing and non-greasy. It’s infused with a super-nourishing combination of the winter-essential rosehip and macadamia oil, while camellia and jojoba oil provide an injection of antioxidants for softer, smoother skin. Plus it has a yummy fruity-floral scent. Dry patches – what dry patches?
So Primpettes, do you use facial cleansing oils?
Do you rely on it to remove your makeup?
What about nourishing face oils?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett