Ibiza style: Skin and oil – A little bit of science

For years girls have been told oil is bad for the skin. It blocks your pores, your skin should be as matte as possible, oil causes spots…blah blah blah! Laura Boland of Glam Ibiza explains why we should forget everything we think we know – as it turns out… oil is in fact our skin’s friend.

Facial oils can boost radiance and allow deeper penetration of other facial products. Many are rich in vitamins and minerals, and perfect for your holidays in Ibiza, as they absorb more quickly than rich creams so you feel less greasy when you leave the hotel.

A little bit of science for you: Oil attracts oil. So for all of those suffering with oily, congested and acne prone skin, this is fantastic news! By using an oil-based cleanser, you are lifting away the ‘bad’ oils such as sebum (congestion causing oil) and oils from make-up and sunscreen. When massaging the oil-cleanser into problematic areas, you are binding the impurities to the oil and gently, and easily, removing them from the skin. Unlike harsh oil-free foaming cleansers, oil-cleansers do not strip the skin of natural moisture, which can leave it susceptible to bacteria and further congestion. I highly recommend Dermalogica Pre Cleanse massaged over the face with damp fingers for 30 seconds before rinsing.

What about those of us who suffer from dry skin? Does facial oil offer enough hydration and protection? First of all it’s important to exfoliate the skin regularly and effectively to ensure the oil penetrates sufficiently into the skin. Otherwise it sits on the surface and feel greasy. Dry skins benefit hugely from facial oils because they strengthen and protect the natural fat in the skin which is imperative for proper hydration. Coconut Oil is exceptionally hydrating for dry skins, helping to maintain the delicate acid mantle of the skin. Try Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil for plumping, nourishment and revitalisation.

For those of us concerned with anti ageing, are facial oils enough to combat the effects of two weeks of Ibiza scorching? Many botanical oils such as Argan, passionfruit and African Marula oils are bursting with anti oxidants to absorb the effects of harmful UV rays – despite what bad associations you may have with oil on the skin encouraging sunburn (so 1980s).

Oils also prevent irritation caused by some anti-ageing ingredients. Argan (there it is again!), Yangu and Borage Seed oil all decrease inflammation. Smooth on after your nighttime anti-ageing product to help to calm the skin. As we hit our 30s, the skin’s natural oils and moisture barrier begin to degenerate, meaning lines and wrinkles are faster to appear. Most creams and serums contain a little bit of oil but not enough to combat moisture loss. Because oils are fat-loving, they pass through the fatty layer of the skin more quickly, preventing water loss and plumping the skin more efficiently. My favourite anti-egeing oil is Colberts Illumino Facial Oil, packed to the brim with anti oxidant ingredients and must for your bedside table.

So there you go. There really is no need to shy away from facial oils. If you are still feeling cautious, try adding a few drops to your moisturiser or even your foundation and I guarantee you will be hooked. Put down the oil-free matte moisturiser and step into a luminous, hydrated 2016.