The Secret Behind Glowing Skin

Ever since the beginning of my career, I’ve always been an advocator for all things natural. From the use of natural and organic based products to achieving a simple ‘no make-up, make-up’ look. I believe true beauty comes from within and the only way to develop this is by enhancing one’s own unique features.

Which more often than not, involves the use of facial oils. A natural ingredient, compatible with all skin types that has so many amazing benefits when working it into your skin.

Not only does it have the added benefits of the massaging process, but after doing so, with all the increased oxygen to the surface, it helps bring out all the natural colouring in the skin. Which then in turn, allows you to bring out these beautiful tones when working with your foundation and really create accentuate that soft and subtle, dewy look.

Now I’ve always used an oil based highlighter and have mixed my foundations with oils since I began doing make up – the practise isn’t anything new. Oils have forever gone hand in hand with skincare, dating back as far back as the ancient Egyptians. However, when it comes to the use of oils today, most people tend to shy away for the fear of appearing ‘too oily’ but what they don’t realise is, our skin itself is also oil based.

So regardless of what skin type you have, you will always absorb and retain the amazing vitamins and nutrients no matter what.

The reason why I love using facial oils personally, is that they’re naturally hydrating products. So if you’re feeling a little on the drier side, don’t be afraid to mix oils with everything from moisturising creams to your foundation or even just putting a drop of your favourite essential oil on the skin to wake you up in the morning.

To give you a bit of a better understanding – below are my absolute favourite.

Jojoba Oil

Pronounced ‘ho-hoba’, jojoba oil is renowned for its hydration and skin regeneration abilities due to its natural make up of vitamin E and omega fatty acids. It’s a gentle oil, highly recommended for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin as it is genetic compounds reflects that most similar to our skins own natural properties. Most commonly used to treat those with sunburn, acnes and extremely dry skin.

Avocado Oil

Avocado’s prove just as beneficial when incorporating them into your skincare regime as they do your diet. Packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and a whole lot of vitamins and minerals, avocado oil also has a lot of anti-inflammatory agents. Meaning it’s perfect for dry and irritated skin and helps to accelerate any wound healing due to its ability to promote collagen synthesis – the growth of new connective tissue.

Rosehip Oil

One of the more well-known oils, rosehip oil is perfect for illuminating the skin and evening out skin tones. I really love adding a few drops of rosehip oil onto my skin just before bed – I always feel the benefits overnight as my skin looks firmer with any lines or scars less noticeable.

Of course, there are plenty of different oils on the market and it is recommended you try and test them yourself as they do have varying effects dependant on each skin type. But for the most part, facial oils especially are extremely gentle on your skin and the perfect natural alternative to supermarket shel


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Nadine Monley

For professional make up artists, skin is the most important element of any assignment, the key to a truly flawless finish. Nadine Monley loves skin and knows that perfection is achieved only through innate understanding and uncompromising attention to detail. Drawing on her 10+ years of industry experience, Nadine brings out the best in every face she creates.

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