Those searching for beautifully simple facial oils, look no further; the below are just about as unadorned as facial oils get. If you find that you’re sensitive to essential oils, or just prefer a more purist approach to your skincare regime, then the three I’ve picked out are a great place to start. Two of them (the Argan and the Rosehip) have nothing in them apart from what’s in the title – the third, Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Oil has a tiny touch of blackthorn and plum oil but it’s still incredibly simple. If you’re looking for sensitive skin care and want a “starter” oil to see how you get on, then take a look at these…
Just Argan Oil: Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Argan Oil. I know I bang on about this one, but it does wonders for my skin. It’s an overnight wonder – brings dry skin back to life and is packed full of Vitamin E to protect and repair the skin. Also, I’ve been to the place in Morocco where it’s made and so I have a soft spot for it – it’s extremely ethically sourced. You can read my whole blog post on it here, or find it online here. It’s £17.50.
Just Almond: Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Oil. I say “Just Almond” but, see above. It’s a nice basic moisturiser – won’t work wonders like good old Argan, but I quite like to use this oil for cleansing eye makeup off (don’t get it in your eyes unless you want blurry vision for about eighteen years) and as a bit of a “pre-cleanse” if I’m travelling and don’t have a proper balm cleanser to hand. It’s around £15 (you can get a simple SIMPLE version in your chemist’s, probably, for much cheaper) but you can sometimes find it on Amazon for about a tenner. There’s some at the moment here.
Just Rosehip: Pai’s Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This is the one to go for if you need some repair work to happen. Rosehip has long been known for its regenerative properties and this version claims to be the most concentrated version on the market today. It’s a potent but non-irritating form of Vitamin A and brilliant for helping to heal scars, stretch marks and sun damage. It also helps with fine lines, skin firmness and general suppleness and elasticity. An all-round powerhouse and a great (and surprising) price: £22 online here.