The Skin Nerd: Slippery skin? Facial oil could be for you, I swear!

If you haven’t heard of facial oils or thought they weren’t for you, please, please, please don’t be cross with me for introducing you.

The Skin Nerd: Slippery skin? Facial oil could be for you, I swear!

If you haven’t heard of facial oils or thought they weren’t for you, please, please, please don’t be cross with me for introducing you.

Facial oils operate as a moisturizer does to soften and protect the upper layers of the skin and, like any skincare product, the benefits of the oil itself depends on the ingredients within it.

If you are an oily-skinned, spot-prone hooman or someone who can not bear the feeling of anything thick or sticky on the surface of your skin, you have already decided to stop reading but wait, come back!

Facial oils aren’t only incredible for dry skin — the type of skin that genetically simply isn’t producing as much sebum as it needs, but they can be fantastic in a routine for those with oilier skin too.

It sounds counterproductive to introduce more oil to a slippery skin, but so long as the facial oil of choice is formulated with non-comedogenic, light, nourishing oils, you won’t end up more oily or congested, I swear to you.

Murad’s Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil (€60, available from selected salons and is a vitamin-rich, lightweight oil that brightens, evens out the skin tone, and helps to hydrate and soothe the skin. On top of that, it contains cannabis oil, perhaps the trendiest skincare ingredient of 2019.

Cannabis oil is said to be very anti-inflammatory, making it beneficial for those who see any redness or the occasional angry spot.

Naturally, those with genetically dry, dehydrated or irritated skin will love a facial oil the most. Outside of the emollient, surface-moisturising properties of facial oils, some have the additional benefit of being occlusive, meaning that they create a light protective layer on top of the skin.

This comes in handy for those who become more dry in these upcoming colder months due to the wind whipping their oil off them, or those whose protective barrier could use a boost of defence.

My two favourites for this purpose would be the REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil (€28, available from selected pharmacies and the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (€19.95, available from pharmacies nationwide).

The Trilogy rosehip oil is the facial oil that most encounter first, due to how much it is adored by celebrities and celebrity makeup artists, including Cara Delevigne, Charlotte Tilbury and Dita Von Teese. If you’ve read my column before, you know that I actually do not recommend just copying what stars use in terms of skincare… However, I will readily vouch for the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil!

As mentioned, it’s the type of oil that makes the difference so unfortunately, you realistically won’t get the same effects from a DIY concoction of what you’ve grabbed from your local health stores (unless you are qualified in that). Do you remember the coconut oil trend, where the internet began to slather coconut oil on everything?

I wanted to pull my eyeballs out. For oily skin, coconut oil is comedogenic so will clog your pores, and for dry skin, it actually isn’t considered to be good at moisturising at all.

Notably, I do think coconut oil is OK as a pre cleanse as you will be cleansing it off thoroughly and removing all residue.

Because most facial oils will create a shield of protection across your skin, they can also stop other products from penetrating into your skin if you apply them after, so if you are using a facial oil, remember it always goes last at night time.

You can use a facial oil in the morning if you desire, but I’d advise against it as if it hasn’t sunken into your skin, it can actually make your SPF less effective.


This award-winning facial oil serum is created by Nicola Connolly whose goal with Nunaïa is to provide users with a skincare ritual that allows them to not only care for their skin but themselves.

The serum itself is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, cruelty-free, certified by the Vegan society and has the Cosmos Organic Ecocert.

The brand suggests taking a few minutes to yourself, shutting out distractions and mindfully applying the serum, and to finish the ritual by being grateful to yourself. Now, that’s something I can get behind.

■ Nunaia Nourishing Radiance Serum, €79, from Avoca and Kilkenny Shops or at

More in this section

ieFood pic
ieFood Logo

In the Kitchen with

 Video Series

Join Colm O'Gorman in his kitchen as he makes flatbreads in minutes and crispy air fryer chicken. Explore why he thinks chilli is the spice of life, and find out why his 50-year-old food mixer is his most important piece of kitchen equipment.

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up