Move over serums, the latest item to squeeze into fashionable skincare regimes is the good old facial oil – long a preserve of botanics-based beauty brands but now going more mainstream thanks to the launches this month of Estée Lauder‘s Resilience Lift Restorative Radiance Oil (£50 for 30ml) and No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil (£23 for 30ml).
Both oils help lock moisture into the skin, boost radiance and make the skin feel more comfortable. Rachel Parish, No7 advisor, says: “Throughout the colder months, more women turn to us to find out how they can keep their skin looking hydrated and radiant – a facial oil is the perfect way to do that!” Simply add two to three drops to cleansed skin and massage in circular motions over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Use it before or mixed in with your usual day and night moisturisers.
A four-week consumer trial of 119 British women found that after two weeks, they all agreed that adding a few drops of No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil to their usual day cream gave their skin an added moisture boost. After two weeks, more than 80% agreed that skin looked more radiant and healthy, and after four weeks more than 80% agreed that skin looked and felt more youthful.