Healing powers

There is another solution to the woes of dry and irritated skin, writes Victoria Ip

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 March, 2012, 12:00am


Even though the humidity is back and spring is just around the corner, exposure to air conditioning, pollution and UV rays can make skin dry and irritated. The latest solution to these woes is nourishing facial oil.

Boasting antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids, pure plant oils not only moisturise and balance the skin but also give a clear and soft texture. They also make effective anti-agers, helping replace moisture lost as we age.

Oils can be used morning and evening before or in place of a moisturiser. By penetrating deeper they help regenerate cells and restore radiance over time.

Sulwhasoo's Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Essential Oil features ginseng seed oil, camellia oil and fresh sesame oil.

Ginseng seed oil has the ingredient saponin which facilitates cell renewal. Camellia oil contains proteins and vitamin C while fresh sesame oil is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids.

Estelle & Thild's Rose Otto Age Prevent Facial Oil consists of three ingredients - lingonberry seed oil, jojoba oil and rose otto oil.

Rose otto oil is made from the oils of rose petals, and can repair broken capillaries. Lingonberry seed oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids to help repair damaged cells. Jojoba oil resembles the skin's sebum and contains vitamin E.

Jasmine Aromatic Care from the Darphin Predermine collection features aromatic essences and emollients that nourish the skin, leaving it smooth.

Amala's Cocoa Bean Rejuvenate Treatment Oil comes with the oils of cocoa bean, andiroba seed and amarant seed.

Cocoa bean helps assist microcirculation and restore elasticity while andiroba seed contains fatty acids that help the skin lock in moisture.

Quintessential Oil Moisturizing Care from Melvita is a blend of essential oils - rosewood, myrrh, carrot, immortelle and neroli.

It also features argan, inca inchi and hemp oils to hydrate and protect the skin.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is designed for those with combination or oily skin and is a cocktail of lotus, geranium and rosewood extracts designed to help tighten pores and retain moisture.