Back to beauty school: Why you should use oil

By Jacqui Loates-Haver

Oil should play a key part of your skincare routine. Photo / iStock
Oil should play a key part of your skincare routine. Photo / iStock

Once regarded as the arch-enemy of a clear complexion, oil should be a key part of your skincare routine. Oils in their purest form rebalance the skin's moisture barrier by working deeper into the epidermis than a moisturiser can because they're lipophilic (put simply, fat-loving). Most pure botanical oils contain antioxidants and fatty acids, plus anti-inflammatory properties, so they're a potent anti-aging tool. Using a small amount of oil before makeup application can also give a better finish to your foundation.

DO: apply oil to clean, exfoliated skin so it can penetrate easily, you want to avoid a greasy sheen. As a general rule, if you're applying both moisturiser and oil, start with the moisturiser.

DON'T: use a lot, a pea-sized drop is enough for your face. Cover your fingertips and pat, don't rub the oil into your skin.

1. Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate $98
2. Trilogy COQ10 booster oil $48.90
3. Smashbox oil primer $83

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Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne 100ml $220

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Triumph&Disaster Gameface Moisturiser $66

This light, nutrient-rich moisturiser is formulated with jojoba extract, horopito oil and vitamin E. It's marketed predominantly at men, but sharing means caring, right?

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"I love Osmosis mineral foundation. I've been using it for years. It's so quick to put on, it literally takes me 10 seconds, and gives a light but flawless finish that lasts all day."

- Canvas

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