Wednesday 29 January 2020

Ruth Griffin: Time for oil exploration

The best oils for face, body, nails and hair — whatever your skin type

Oils, in many different forms, have been used throughout history for cosmetic purposes. However, facial oils fell out of favour in more recent times, with an emphasis more on cleansing our skin. But the jury is still out on whether this obsession with stripping our skin is actually beneficial.

Happily, there has been a change of opinion regarding oils, with the focus on dry facial oils (ie oils easily absorbed) in our skincare, as a brilliant method of hydrating our skin.

Oils are beneficial for women with mature and ageing skin, as well as those with acne-prone skin and normal skin.

Most women are afraid of using oils on their face as they fear breakouts and clogged pores. The answer is investing in oils that are non-clogging. Choosing the right facial oil depends on your skin type — see Ask the Expert for guidelines.

Treat vs Cheat

CND Solar Oil


This little gem of a nail oil nourishes cuticles and nail beds — CND stockists nationwide



Lacura Nail Oil


A good alternative from Aldi stores nationwide




Two years is the average shelf life of most oils. Signs that your oils have oxidised (gone off) are a musty smell and a loss of colour. Keep skincare oils out of direct sunlight and look for added vitamin E, an antioxidant that prolongs the life of oil.

Lip oils have become the go-to for a perfect pout — try Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, €23, for a pop of colour and a shot of serious oil hydration. From department stores and pharmacies nationwide

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