01 June, 2014

MUST HAVE FACIAL OILS

CLEANSING Facial Oils

Every time I go through a breakout or have any skin woes I consult the beauty queen herself Caroline Hirons cheetsheets (have you read them? If not you should!) her advice on sudden breakouts noted that spots needed nourishment not drying out. I know it's tempting to slap on the spot drying treatments in hope to blitz the area but from my experience, that area of skin takes longer to heal and ends up being dry and patchy. So with all that in mind the combination of using a cleansing oil to remove my makeup, (followed by the REN Clearcalm Clay Cleanser) then applying a facial oil, even over my blemish prone skin actually helps keep my skin clear.

My first foray into cleansing oils was from ARK, their Remove Pre Skin Cleanse* comes with a handy pump and contains natural ingredients of grape seed, avocado and kiwi oil to protect the skin and leaves it feeling plump and soft. You can read my full review here. Overall it's lightweight to use, gentle around the eyes when removing waterproof eye make up, has a pleasant scent of essential oils and I love the way that it leaves my skin feeling - super soft. However ARK products are currently only available online in the UK and their store is not based locally for me, it's also £25 for 125ml, so not exactly a budget buy.

When I used the last few pumps of the ARK cleanser, I decided to switch things up and pick up The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing oil which is £10 for 200ml - super affordable and everyone seem to be loving it review after review. It's in a clear plastic bottle also with a pump. TBS claims this silky cleanser removes waterproof makeup and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed. So after using this every night for the last week or so it hasn't really left me wanting more but made me realize how much I loved the ARK oil more. First off TBS texture is thicker and takes a little longer to work into my skin, especially around my eyes, it does not melt or dissolve my mascara as easily as the ARK oil. Secondly in my opinion it doesn't smell that nice, it's a odd scent, which isn't floral or uplifting as I expected. But it's not a deal breaker by any means, as I know others like the scent. So after I rinse it with a bit of water to let it emulsify and wash my face, it does leave it feeling clean and fresh. Maybe I'm being picky but for a budget oil cleanser is does do a good job, without any thrills.

So after I've cleansed by skin, one my favourite skin care steps is using a facial oil. After running out of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I picked up the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil at duty free last month. The Clarins is £32 for 30ml, it's in a clear glass bottle with a topper to dispense the oil. This natural oil contains Rosemary, Geranium and lotus extracts and claims to purify, tighten pores and refine skin texture. It also hydrates the skin and prevents fine lines. The consistency of the oil is quite thick, (compared to the Kiehl's) I add a few drops on the palms of my hands to warm up the oil, then gently press it against my face. You can feel it on your skin but as I'm going to sleep anyway it doesn't bother me too much. When I wake up my skin is soft, it doesn't make my blemishes any worse or experience any sudden breakouts. It also doesn't clog my pores but I'm not sure about it tightening them. I had terribly congested skin all around my chin after I came back from my holiday last month and this oil actually helped clear up my skin. It's a lovely nourishing product even for oily skin girls like myself.

So yes as you can see, I have a thing for oils! I've also started oil pulling but that's another post...

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What are your favourite cleansing & facial oils?


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20 comments

  1. I love the Trilogy Rosehip Oil, and have been using the Kiehls Midnight Recovery as well. I would love to try a Clarins one but I'm a little put off by all the fragrance they put in them.

    Beauty Challenged

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  2. I know what you mean, I'm trying to use up my current beauty stash before getting more! I have blemish prone skin as well and oils are great at keeping my skin hydrated and replenished. x

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  3. They are both great oils as well, Clarins do like their fragrances but this one doesn't bother me too much.
    Thanks for reading :)

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  4. I don't have any oils for my skin, but I do have a balm cleanser which feels very similar to an oil and it's lovely. It doesn't make my skin oily, in fact it just makes it soft and hydrated! xx

    Beauty
    Soup | UK Beauty Blog

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  5. Balm cleansers are really nice to use as well, I'm just a bit lazy to use them regularly!
    Thanks for reading :)

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  6. Love the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I actually just bought The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil - I like it so far, but haven't had a chance to test it on really heavy makeup or anything so the jury is still out on that one. Slowly getting into oils :)

    Marianna | www.impressionblend.com

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  7. I prefer the Kiehl's over the Clarins slightly as the scent is nicer! I don't love The Body Shop oil as much as other cleansing oils but it's still nice to use and you can't beat the price :)

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  8. Which balm cleanser do you use? I'm currently using the Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. It takes a little work to really massage it into the skin but it does the job.


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  9. I really enjoyed the Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil. It took off water-proof mascara with ease. Plus it's cheap. I've also been using Rosehip Seed oil on my face and I noticed my skin becoming more even the more I use it.


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  10. They both sound like lovely products! I've heard rosehip oil is nourishing for the skin.


    Thanks for reading :)

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  11. I love Clarins Lotus Oil for Summer months too.. I have given a bottle to my mum and thats all that she uses!

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  12. It's a great product isn't it, I love using it and I don't mind the scent as all.

    P.s Your wedding photos are beautiful, I tried to leave a comment but it didn't work for some reason x

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  13. Thank you Hanh! That's so sweet of you! Btw I really like your blog! +1 followers!

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  14. You're welcome x
    Thank you! Right back atcha girl :)

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  15. The Clarins Lotus Face Oil is definitely a winner for me too - super nourishing and also purifying, so glad to hear you love the stuff too. I think the Body Shop cleansing oil is going to have to be next on my purchase list - I've just been hearing so many good things about it!
    XO Camey

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  16. Love the Clarins Lotus Face Oil - it's so great!

    Mindy

    www.kindofluxe.com

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  17. I agree, I love using it!
    Thanks for reading Mindy :)

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  18. I too have found that using oil has helped clear and improve my skin dramatically! I use the Clarins Blue Orchid oil at night, and by morning my skin is fresh and bright :D

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  19. I love using oils, it really does help clear up your skin and keep it nice and soft!

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