As we start to become more and more aware of what we put into our bodies, it stands to reason that we also start to become more aware of what we put on our body. The trend for natural beauty products is growing, after all our skin is the body’s largest organ. But what about the efficacy of such products? Can natural skincare produce the same results as traditional cosmetics? In a nutshell, yes.
There are dozens of natural skincare brands out there that use high end, sustainable and organic ingredients that bring about real results.
So, we’re going to shine a light on our favourite. Each week for the next four weeks we’ll focus on a different product and showcase the best natural versions available. First up, face oils.
Face oils are having a moment in beauty. Set to be one of the biggest trends for 2018, they’re amazing when used in conjunction with a moisturiser to battle this wintery weather. And yes, they are suitable for all skin types, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. Still not convinced, give it a go, and we promise you’ll be converted.
For every skin
No matter what your skin type, at this time of year we all need a little extra radiance. Lack of sun, dark days and general overindulgence can leave skin looking a little dull and lacklustre. While we wait for warmer days to roll around again, opt for an oil that promises to restore your natural glow.
Radiance Facial Oil, €39.99, Urban Veda
For winter-beaten skin
If the mix of cold weather and central heating has resulted in your skin becoming red and reactive, then you need to give it some extra TLC. The redness is caused when you go from extreme cold to extreme heat, or from the outside to the inside, as the capillaries in your face react to the change in temperature. While you can’t control the weather, you can help your skin out.
Cell Repair Night Oil, €80, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
For oily skin
One of the biggest misconceptions about oils is that they shouldn’t be used on oily skin. In fact, using a lighter variation of face oil can help reduce oiliness. Excess oil comes about as skin cells over produce oil to replace natural oils that have been stripped from harsh products. So, if you use an oil on your face, the cells can have a break.
Organic Rosehip Oil, €22.50, The Burren Perfumery
For sensitive skin
When it comes to sensitive skin, even using natural or organic products can bring about a reaction. So, it’s best to opt for products that are especially formulate for sensitive skin. It doesn’t mean that the effects will be watered down; instead it means the formulation has been tweaked slightly to be more soothing that reactive.
Very Gentle Restoring Oil, €36.95, Trilogy
For dry skin
It may seem like oils will work best on very dry skin, but actually it can be hard for products to penetrate dry skin. For products to really work they need to get through the top layer of skin and reach the levels underneath. So, rather than blame a product for not working, try exfoliating skin weekly before application. This gives products a chance to really get to work.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil, €6.80, The Ordinary