Remember the great oil spill of 2014? No, not the kind that gets petrol producers in trouble - we’re talking about the flood of oil products onto the beauty market.
After years of ads declaring it the enemy, a slimy spot-causing terror, we’ve embraced the lubricating liquid again. And it’s about time too.
“Ageing, stress and the harsh elements of daily life take their toll on skin,” says Benedicte Le Bris, director of research and development at L’Occitane. “To help smooth the skin and improve suppleness, it’s important to use an appropriate, stimulating technique. The oil application is therefore particularly relevant; promoting microcirculation and visibly transforming the texture of the skin.”
It’s not just your skin that can benefit, either - the second wave of oil products has now hit and includes innovative new cleansers, serums, hair treatments and even lip oils.
Get ready for the prettiest oil slick imaginable...
Everyone knows that oil is an excellent moisturiser - there’s a reason baby oil has been a bestseller for decades - but did you know it can be an effective cleanser too?
Light and easy to dispense, drop by drop (so you don’t end up in a greasy mess), Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil dissolves make-up and lathers up on contact with water, and the milky lotion rinses off easily. Argan+ Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil works in the same way, but with the addition of Moroccan Argan oil, the golden liquid worshipped by hair stylists for its hydrating properties.
lArgan+ Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil, £10.99 (www.arganplus.co.uk)
lSuperfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, £10.99 (www.boots.com)
Oil on your lips - sounds a bit incongruous, doesn’t it? But these new pout-enhancers are formulated to feel more like a gloss.
A thick, oozing gel infused with hazelnut and mirabelle oils, Clarins’ new luscious lip treat performs a minor miracle - it moisturises like a balm but gives a glossy finish. Choose the iridescent amber Honey shade to enhance your natural lip colour, or Raspberry for a hint of punchy pink.
Yves Saint Laurent’s latest lippy uses high-tech chemistry to infuse a blend of five oils with particles of pigment. Available in eight mango-scented shades (we love Cherry Ma Cherie), the Volupte Tint-in-Oil moisturises, as well as delivering long-lasting colour and shine.
lYves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil in Cherry Ma Cherie, £23.50 (available January 28; www.yslbeauty.co.uk)
lClarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, £18 (www.clarins.co.uk - available at Harveys))
Reap the anti-ageing benefits of plant oils by massaging a few drops into your face twice a day after cleansing, before your usual moisturiser.
Raise a toast to Caudalie’s newest time-defying serum, which shares some of its active ingredients with those used in winemaking. Three patented grape-derived components are spliced with a quintet of rich oils, including grapeseed and sandalwood, to deliver anti-ageing and smoothing effects.
A quick shake and Sanctuary Spa’s anti-ageing hybrid is ready for action, blending the trio of oils with an intensely rejuvenating serum. Combined, the citrus-scented emulsion soaks into skin quick-smart, leaving it plumped and so hydrated that you might even be able to dispense of your moisturiser.
L’Occitane’s Divine Youth Oil is the latest addition to their popular Immortelle line, a blend of seven omega-rich oils. For a once-a-week booster treatment, after applying the oil, place a warm towel over your face and let it soak in deeply while you relax.
lCaudalie Premier Cru The Elixir, £49 (www.caudalie.com)
lSanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum, £19.50 (www.sanctuary.com)
lL’Occitane Divine Youth Oil, £68 (www.loccitane.com)