3 ANTI-AGEING FACIAL OILS TO RULE THEM ALL!
The market is saturated with facial oils from all different brands but not all are created equal. Having worked in the skincare industry for over 7 years I've tried a lot of them, some I have continually gone back to and some I have recently fallen in love with, so I'm going to tell you my current TOP 3 Facial Oils for Anti-ageing.
Q: Who should use a facial oil and what do they do for the skin?
A: Everybody with every type of skin can use a facial oil. Oil is typically used to treat dryness and help keep the skin supple, providing it with vital nutrients, vitamins and lipids, however, in the past few years I've seen consumers finally warming to the concept that oil is a great way to treat oily skin. In this blog I am going to be focusing on my favourite oils for anti-ageing, plumping and nourishing the skin.
The 3 facial oils I am about to mention are great for anyone that doesn't usually like facial oils or finds them too heavy.
Sarah Chapman - Overnight Facial
My first favourite is Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial which I've used on and off for the past 8 years, but I ALWAYS come back to it. I first discovered Overnight Facial in my Early twenties having very confused skin, the one thing I found back then that remains true now, is that it doesn't matter what is going on with my skin, whether it's feeling dry or breaking out, it always looks better and comes back into balance when I use Overnight Facial.
One year I made one bottle of Overnight Facial last the whole year because I used it as a special treat, only on the nights I really needed a boost. I find I don't often need a full pump of this facial oil, I just gently release a few drops, warm them between my hands and press it into the face, being sure to take 3 deep inhales to get the Aromatherapy benefit of the gorgeous essential oils in this formula. Overnight Facial is one of my favourite smells on this entire planet, I think because I use it on nights I want to pamper or treat myself, whenever I inhale it, I get this warm, uplifting feeling, which also definitely comes from the Jasmine, tuberose, frangipani and rose oils in it.
It's the ritual, the smell and the knowing that this oil isn't going to make me break out, that I love about this facial oil. It really is 8 hours of good sleep in a bottle, all the women I've talked about it with, agree you look rejuvenated and plump the morning after using this. So what are the superstar ingredients?
- Retinyl Palmitate - this is the non-irritating form of retinol designed to be used everyday without causing irritation, redness or flaking as it is weaker and more gentle than stronger straight up RETINOL.
- TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE - A fat soluble, stable form of vitamin C which will help treat pigmentation and is essential for creating new collagen, helping the skin to stay plumper and more firm as well as giving anti-oxidant protection.
- Ceramide - ceramides form part of the cement that binds skin cells together in the top layer of our skin, they are essential for protection and retaining moisture.
- Peptide - you want a peptide to feature in an anti-ageing routine, they signal to your skin cells how to function and help with firmness, elasticity, wrinkles and texture.
- Hemp seed oil - contains Omegas 3,6 & 9 and are anti-inflammatory.
- Baobab oil - highly penetrative, softening, also high in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E & F
- Meadowfoam seed oil - antioxident rich and moisturising.
I won't go into too much depth about Sunday Riley's LUNA - BECAUSE - I already wrote a whole blog post solely dedicated to this glorious oil! You can read more about it HERE. I use it for the anti-ageing benefit of Retinol (The retinoid version of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate to be exact - but that's a bit of a mouthful!). I find this oil treatment gives me the perfect amount of hydration, my skin always looks better the next day. I use it a few nights a week and find I can get away without using a serum underneath so it makes my skincare routine on the retinol nights faster and hassle free.
I find the concept so clever as it uses a trans-retinol ester which manages to bypass the usual side effects many get from retinol like peeling, redness, sensitivity etc. It's a brilliant anti-ageing oil for when you want to step your skincare game up a notch. You can buy it HERE.
"To me this is the Holy grail of Facial oils.
Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil - This Multi-vitamin Complex was formally known as The Replenishing Face oil (still on sale also) and I fell in love with it towards the end of 2017. I think it has to be my most favourite Face Oil I have ever used, that feels scary to say, but it is a stunning formulation in every sense of the word.
Whilst my skin tends to be combination, it is always dehydrated and it went very dry and scaly at one point this winter when the weather got very harsh. I started using the Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil and I haven't looked back. The texture is the nicest oil I have ever felt, not a heavy oil or 'oily' oil, it absorbs really quickly and leaves a lovely, healthy glow to my skin. The colour is so rich and golden orange, it glows in a way only pure things can.
When it comes to facial oils you should expect to pay a bit more rather than look for a bargain, as the best yield of different oils come from all different areas around the world, the petals, leaves, fruits and nuts have to be picked at very specific times, stored in specific temperatures and the first, cold pressing of any oil is the most nutrient dense, once heat and following pressings are done the oils are a lesser quality and that is always reflected in the price of an oil product. The Tata Harper oil comes in 2 sizes the larger 30ml retails for £114 but Luckily there is a 10ml size available for £43 (click here) to suit smaller budgets and give you a chance to try the product before making a big investment. I will never recommend something so expensive unless I truly think it's amazing and this really is the best I've ever used. 2-3 drops is enough to do my whole face.
Using this oil is an EXPERIENCE and one I look forward to at the end of the day. It smells so nourishing, it really feels as if I'm feeding my skin when I apply it. To me this is the Holy grail of Anti-ageing Facial oils - So Far.
Let's talk about the ingredients: It features a vitamin complex of A,B,C,D & E. The main ingredient is Rosehip oil which is my FAVOURITE skincare ingredient of the moment, I am obsessed and now look for this ingredient (Rose Rubiginosa/ Rosa moschata/ Rosa Canina Seed oil) whenever I'm scouring for new skincare. Rosehip oil is amazing for scarring , it's brilliant for resting lines as it's one of the most resurfacing & retexturizing oils, it's so rich in natural Vitamin A, Vitamin C and packed with Anti Oxidents.
Jojoba seed oil is the most like our natural sebum so it makes the formula absorb better into the skin. Calendula is so soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. Borage leaf extract is also incredibly anti-inflammatory and very rich in GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) so basically it's amazing for the lipid barrier of our skin as it's so rich in essential fatty acids. A healthy skin barrier makes for healthy skin and Borage oil is often used to treat skin disorders like Eczema because it's so good at restoring the lipid barrier. The leaf also contains potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium. #
Apricot Kernel oil is another ingredient I notice more and more in Luxury Anti-ageing skincare due to it's rapid absorption, and again, high levels of fatty acids and vitamins A+ E.
I could wax Lyrical about the ingredients of the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, but it's the smell, the feel, how it absorbs and affects my skin that make it my favourite of the oils I've tried. It's just perfect in my eyes.