The gleam team – the Glass guide to facial oils

IN the past, facial oils had an (undeserved) bad rap for adding additional oil to complexions and exacerbating existing greasiness. However due to developments in cosmetic technology and dermatology, these myths have largely been debunked and the value and benefits of deploying an oil in one’s skincare routine is now, thankfully, acknowledged. The modern oil doesn’t just add moisture but can be used as the foundation for cleansing as well as being the base for potent anti-ageing retinoid too. Shine on, in the best way possible.


facial oilOskia Restoration oil

Oskia Restoration oil
This oil from UK company Oskia literally saved my skin a few years ago when it was parched and dried to the point of no return (I thought). Packed full of natural floral actives and high-tech oils Restoration really does restore radiance and moisture when you feared it had gone for good. To use this at night after cleansing.

Restoration £64 for 30ml

facial oilDe Mamiel Spring Facial Oil

De Mamiel Spring Facial Oil
De Mamiel produces four facial oils designed specifically for each season, based on Chinese medicine and scientific research. The Spring Oil contains calendula, marshmallow, juniper and grapefruit and it is hand-blended in time for the winter equinox. A rich and nurturing oil which sinks into the skin perfectly.

 £70 for 20ml

Vanderohe No 1 Nourishing Face Serum

Vanderohe No 1 Nourishing Face Serum
Vanderohe’s No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum boasts a naturally thick oily texture which requires only three drops to leave your face moisturised for the rest of the day, even during the chilling biting days of winter. It is created solely from natural organic plant oils from lavender to myrrh, all carefully selected for their benefits and scent as the brand believes its aromatherapeutic properties help improve one’s mood. A tried and trusted favourite of the Glass team.

£88 for 30ml

facial oilEspa Regenerating Face Treatment Oil

Espa Regenerating Face Treatment Oil
This oil nourishes the skin while helping with abating lines and signs of ageing. Used after cleansing and before moisturising like a serum, it is absorbed very rapidly and a little goes a long way. Ingredients include frankincense, jasmine and omega and vitamin-rich avocado with anti-oxidants vitamin E and organic carrot.

£89 for 30ml

Romilly Wilde Active Boost Face Oil

Romilly Wilde Active Boost Face Oil
A highly moisturising Active Boost Face Oil by all-natural chemical-free skincare brand Romilly Wilde has a rich texture which is absorbed into the skin instantly without feeling greasy at all. It leaves the face hydrated, soft and smelling heavenly of rosemary leaf, chamomile and Manuka honey. These are only a few of the many oils and extracts found in one of these bottles, which come equipped with a pump for easy distribution.

£75 for 30ml

facial oilInLight Face Oil

InLight Face Oil
From Dr Spieza’s 100 per cent organic skincare line, this pleasant-smelling oil with ingredients of blue mallow, rosehip oil and jojoba oil is very good for dry skin. It has a dryish texture which absorbs easily into the face, and after applying, leaves the skin with a healthy looking dewy glow. It’s a light moisturising oil which doesn’t leave any greasy traces. Our tester found it also “gels” well with other products such as make up.

£39 for 30ml

facial oilRMS Beauty Oil

RMS Beauty Oil
RMS multi-purpose organic Beauty Oil is a lightweight yet highly concentrated daily dose of nutrients and hydration. An impressively diverse blend of exotic ingredients have been combined to create a multi-purpose, wide-acting product. The oil also contains the rare ayurvedic herb ashwagandha which helps to repair damage from free radicals and sun exposure. The unique blend also filters and absorbs UV rays from the sun thanks to Buriti oil, which is now being studied by scientists because of its high natural SPF qualities.

£74 for 30ml

facial oil

Fresh Seaberry skin nutrition cleansing oil

Fresh Seaberry skin nutrition cleansing oil
This cleansing oil (which smells slightly sesame-ish) did a great job of removing make-up and daily grime, leaving my skin clean and soft, and was ideal for my skin, which develops dry patches very easily, keeping these at bay. Ingredients include seaberry, nigella oil, camelia seed, cranberry seed and grapeseed oils.
£34 for 150ml

facial oilRodin Geranium and Orange Blossom Face Oil

Rodin Geranium and Orange Blossom Face Oil
From the New York beauty legend Linda Rodin, we at Glass are devotees of her perfectly formed line of simple but effective products. This lovely facial oil smells bright and invigorating and can be used as a day or night treatment.

£105 for 30ml

facial oilOfficine Universelle Buly Rosehip Oil

Officine Universelle Buly Rosehip Oil
From Parisian heritage brand Officine Universelle Buly which specialised in only using the highest quality naturals, this rich beautifully scented rosehip oil comes from wild roses in the Chilean Andes, and keeps skin supple and soft. Use as a moisturiser.

€45 for 50ml

facial oilAlpha-H Essential Hydration Concentrate

Alpha-H Essential Hydration Concentrate
This amazing treatment oil from Australian skincare experts Alpha-H is ideal for sun-damaged, dry or mature skin and has nine active plant oils to sort out stressed, irritated and sensitised complexions. It is free of fragrance and preservatives, and can be mixed into your moisturiser to boost it, or used before moisturising in the day and evening.

£29.99 for 25ml

Zelens High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops

Zelens High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops
Containing powerful retinols and retinoid, the Vitamin A Treatment Drops (not strictly speaking an oil but a lipid, though it does have an oily texture) made a notable difference on my deep lines, as well as stopping fine lines, and restored general brightness and clarity to my skin without any irritation. Use at night and remember to use SPF during the day.

£115 for 30ml

by Caroline Simpson


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