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Sunday 31 August 2014

Beauty: The best face treatment oils

Andrea Byrne

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

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Treat your skin
Clarins Blue Orchid
Bobbi Brown

Ideally you want to use face oils as part of a weekly skin routine, but that's not always financially possible, so when is it essential to invest? Well, look upon them as a tonic for the skin, so invest when your skin lacks moisture and plumpness and looks dull.

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Typically, we use oils at night, because by their very nature they are richer and more concentrated and therefore not the best make-up primer. However, there are exceptions. Leading make-up artist Paula Callan uses Clarins' Blue Orchid prior to applying make-up to brides and models for shoots. That will tell you just how light it is – definitely best suited to people with oily and/or sensitive skin.

Both Bobbi Brown and Darphin's face oils are best suited to people with very dry skin. You pay for what you get with both of these products and should notice an immediate transformation. A cult product at this stage, Kiehls' Midnight Recovery boasts anti-ageing properties as well as a heap of other skin benefits. Despite its affordability, you will be surprised at the difference Botanicals' Organic Facial Oil will make to your skin. A great quick fix.

Best Buy

Gradual Tan for Face & Body, €31.75, Guinot, available in selected pharmacies nationwide

This will ensure you look neither too orange nor too pale, but instead the right shade of healthy. It's really moisturising too and won't clog your pores should you choose to use it on your face. It's the perfect product coming into spring.

 

Best Value

Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque, €6.49, L'Oreal, available in selected pharmacies and grocery stores

So it seems the hype around this range of products wasn't just good PR, they do actually work. I couldn't believe the difference in my hair after only one use. It was thicker without feeling at all heavy. Continued use is promised to yield ever greater returns.

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