1 It’s more effective than moisturiser
From your 40s onwards, wrinkles look more pronounced as your skin produces less of its natural oils and starts to dry out. Most face creams contain waxes and water, which help hold on to moisture on the surface of the skin.
Try: The Sanctuary Wonder Oil Serum, £19.50
2 Powerful antioxidant protection
Even a high factor 50 sunscreen only gives skin 98 per cent protection against ageing UV rays and the damaging free radicals that they generate. To help remove the free radicals that have snuck past your sunscreen, causing wrinkles and pigmentation, you need antioxidants.
3 Replacement for foundation primer
Add two drops of face oil into your foundation. It’s a great backstage trick used by make-up artists to smooth and add radiance to a model’s skin. The oil instantly hydrates and prevents pigment in the foundation from settling into fine lines.
4 Suitable for sensitive skin
High-tech anti-ageing ingredients have one downside: they can cause irritation for more sensitive skin. Botanical oils are chemical free and are able deliver their active ingredients without irritating the surface of the skin; two big bonuses.
There is one caveat, though: just ensure this redness isn’t caused by rosacea, a skin condition characterised by flushed skin and dilated blood vessels. Any oil – be it in a face oil, moisturiser or foundation – will cause rosacea-prone skin to flare up.
5 Oils balance oily skin
You may think that applying face oil to oily skin is like waving a green flag for more oily skin and blocked pores but treating like with like improves the look of oily skin. Look out for the word ‘balancing’ on the bottle, and for apricot kernel, almond and wheat germ oils.