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Face oils have been around forever, but the buzz has been building over the past few years - and for good reason: a good face oil can be a complexion game-changer (we swear by them at Jurlique HQ). A couple of drops of a high-performance oil can hydrate, smooth and soften your skin (hello fewer lines and wrinkles), and make it more resilient – not to mention give you an enviable glow. Here’s what to look for in a face oil, and how to use it for the most radiant results.

What are face oils?

Face oils are concentrated skin care products that contain botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals. They come in an array of varieties, from individual oils that tend to focus on one skin care concern, to blends that contain several oils and treat multiple concerns. All face oils use a carrier oil as a base, such as Safflower Oil in our face oil range, which ‘carries’ the ingredients onto the skin and stops the essential oils from evaporating.

The benefits of using face oils

Face oils are nourishing and moisturising, supplementing the oil your skin already produces. They’re also hydrophobic, meaning they help to improve the skin’s natural barrier to seal in moisture. High-quality plants oils are rich in fatty acids to help restore moisture to the skin and plant-based antioxidants to fight against environmental aggressors. Contrary to popular belief, face oils work for all skin types. With dry skin, a face oil will absorb into the skin and lock in moisture, while oily skin will benefit too, with the right face oil regulating and balancing the skin.

How to use a face oil

Face oils can be used on their own, but we like to use them in addition to our regular moisturiser. After cleansing, misting and applying your Activating Water Essence and serum, mix two drops of oil into your moisturiser. Warm between fingertips and gently press onto your face, neck and décolletage every morning and night to achieve soft, smooth and radiant-looking skin (use a jade roller to massage the product into the face).

How to choose a face oil

Not all oils are created equal – look for natural, high-quality plant-based oils that will nourish the skin and won’t clog your pores, rather than synthetic and mineral oils that are comedogenic (meaning they tend to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin). Face oils target different skin care concerns, so choose a face oil depending on what you need most.

All skin types

Recommended oil: Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil. With Rose Hip, Safflower, Macadamia and Avocado Oils, this hero product nourishes and balances the skin, and addresses signs of uneven skin tone too.

Dull, tired and ageing skin

Recommended oil: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Face Oil. This blend is full of antioxidant-rich botanical oils (Grapeseed, Avocado and Rose Hip) that revitalise the complexion, and helps minimise first signs of ageing and protect against environmental aggressors.

Mature skin

Recommended oil: Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Face Oil. This oil contains Blackcurrant Seed Oil which deeply hydrates and helps firm and smooth skin, and Rock Samphire extract which, thanks to its ability to help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, has been nicknamed the “Retinol of the sea”.

Good face oils hydrate, soften and revitalise the skin while protecting it from environmental aggressors – the perfect way to amplify your skin care ritual. Jurlique face oils are made up of pure, plant-based oils to nourish skin. Find one that suits your skin type here.

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