Facial Oils: Ready, Set, Glow! 

TW’s resident holistic expert Mandy Pitcher is a firm believer in the benefits of facial oils.  

For those that use a facial oil there is normally no turning back but if you’ve never tried an oil on your skin (I used to be sceptical too, wrongly thinking it would leave my skin oily and greasy), let me explain why using one can be so beneficial.

The overall purpose of a facial oil is to serve as an extra level of protection for your skin, providing it with moisture and locking in hydration. Facial oils are generally anhydrous, meaning they are formulated with no water and contrary to popular belief, the oil need not be greasy or heavy on the skin. Blended correctly by a skincare formulator, they can contain numerous beneficial components such as vitamins and phytosterols, which are plant derived and can help replenish, nourish, restore and hydrate. The beauty is that they contain no nasties – free from preservatives, synthetics and artificial colours, they boast pure natural ingredients. 

Restore a radiant glow

Ideally a facial oil should be applied onto damp skin. If you apply onto dry skin it won’t be as effective and you may drag the skin when applying the oil. Using a facial mist (my favourite is rose water) first provides the hydration the skin needs to allow the moisture and nourishment from the oil to penetrate he skin.

A facial oil is typically formulated with a mixture of plant oils. These oils create a blend of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins to create a wealth of properties to help balance, regenerate, restore, nurture, detoxify, soothe and protect the skin.

As we age our skin produces fewer natural oils and can have a tendency to look dull; this is where an oil can not only help with its magical properties but also give the skin a beautiful glow and promote radiance. ‘Surely you wouldn’t use a facial oil on oily skin?’ is a question many people ask me, and the answer is actually yes, you can! An oily skin can benefit hugely; if the facial oil is blended correctly it can actually balance an oily complexion, rather than amplifying the skin’s existing sebum levels. Oily skin can lose a lot of moisture and the beauty of a facial oil is that it can replenish those levels. 

The power of plant oils

Some plant oils can be heavy on the skin with a high comedogenic rating, meaning they will have a tendency to clog the pores. Any professional blending correctly and safely will know not to use these particular oils – they can disrupt the sebum levels leading to unhappy, unbalanced skin.

Isn’t it incredible that something so naturally full of botanicals can have such a positive benefit on our skin?  Pumpkin seed can have a plumping and toning effect, while Jojoba oil mimics our own natural sebum levels. Camellia oil extracts dirt and makes pores appear smaller. Pomegranate oil can detoxify and regenerate the skin. Carrot seed oil can help with hyperpigmentation and evening primrose oil can strengthen and soothe.

Macadamia can assist with cell regeneration, while prickly pear seed oil, which contains a high amount of Vitamin E, helps stimulate collagen production.

And then you add the powerful properties of essential oils, which have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, balancing, soothing, grounding, calming and healing benefits.

There are several ways to use a facial oil including:

  • As a daily oil used alone onto damp skin.
  • As an overnight treatment.
  • As a boost to an existing moisturiser.
  • Mixing a few drops with rose water to produce a lighter moisturiser.
  • For use in facial massage. 

Maybe it’s time to introduce one to your skincare regime…?

Mandy Pitcher 


Tel: 07545 261205 | Email: mandypitcher@me.com

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