There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding facial oils recently and many with big price tags. I’ve listened to many beauty bloggers talk about the benefits of using oils on your skin and how many are far superior to face creams. This got me intrigued and you may remember me raving about The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Facial Serum in Oil and what a difference it made to my skin. Well when I was approached to try Bio-Oil and Dr Organic’s Argan Facial Oil I jumped at the chance to put them through their paces. Both are affordable brands you can pick up on the high street and have some very loyal users who swear by their powers to transform the skin.
Bio-Oil is a product I’ve known and loved for a long time and it’s certainly my rescue remedy when it comes to scars. Over the past 6 months I’ve also been using it on my face to combat the first signs of ageing (yes I know I’m only in my twenties but it’s best to start now).
Bio-Oil is a mixture of plant oils and vitamins that improve the elasticity of your skin which in turn help minimise and prevent stretch marks (a favourite product for pregnant women) and scars. I’ve been using it on a couple of recent burn scars on my hands, massaging it into my skin twice a day. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement and the most recent scar has almost disappeared – apologies for the lack of before and after pictures by the way! I cut my finger badly the other day so I’m going to give it a go on this too.
The same concept works for ageing skin. Where collagen is weakened, Bio-Oil elasticises the skin making it softer, smoother and more supple. You can use Bio-Oil all over your body including your face and for me it’s definitely a bathroom cupboard essential. I’m pretty sure the fine lines under my eyes have improved since using it!
Dr Organic is a brand I’ve only recently become aware of through my love of health food shopping in Holland & Barrett! They have a huge range of products all proudly wearing an organic label and from my experience of natural products they certainly come up with the goods when it comes to skincare (check out my post Have you tried a skin detox?). I’ve been using Argan oil on my hair for a while and noticed an improvement in its moisture so was excited to see what difference a facial oil would make to my skin.
Along with Argan oil there’s so many amazing natural ingredients in this bottle so I won’t list them all but they work in harmony to moisturise the skin and regenerate cells, helping to smooth, firm and hydrate the skin. You can apply the oil in the morning as well as before bed as the formula is non-greasy. I slather it all over my face in the evening and in the morning I wake up with skin that looks glowing, soft and balanced. Similar to the The Body Shop’s serum it really can transform tired-looking skin! The main difference I’ve noticed is the reduction in red and dry patches on my face and my skin tone is definitely looking more even since I’ve been using it.
I hope this has given you a better idea of how oils can help with skin problems. It’s all basic science really (not my strong point at school!) and by adding one to your evening skincare routine you’ll definitely notice a difference. Let me know in the comment box below of any you think I should try next!