Keira Stephenson firstname.lastname@example.orgWednesday 01 February 2017, 3:58PM
Moisturiser has long been the mainstay of the
cosmetic industry, but there is a new kid on the block that is
threatening to unseat the king of skincare.
Oily skin is often associated with acne and pimples,
and oil was, for a long time, not recommended for use on the face.
However it has been used as a moisturiser for centuries and has
become increasingly popular the past few years.
So does it really matter whether you use a cream or
They both have pros and cons, but when it comes to
choosing between oil and moisturiser for your face, there's no
right or wrong answer. Both perform different tasks on different
layers of the skin.
As one of the early adopters of rosehip oil,
launching their company based on rosehip oil products in 2002,
Trilogy is unashamedly pro-oil.
When it comes to beauty oil, it's really important
what sort of oil you choose, Trilogy beauty expert Corinne Morley
"Pure plant oil has a similar molecular structure to
skin, so it's easily accepted and won't clog pores," Ms Morley
says. The purer and less processed, the better for your skin and
she would stay away from mineral oils.
A good oil should have more colour - an orange, gold
or rose glow, while a pale, clear colour can indicate more
Pure plant oil can help bind moisture to the skin,
especially if it's slightly damp after cleansing, and provide extra
Another positive of plant oil is that you use so
little. Three drops, warmed in the hand, is all you need for the
face, neck and décolletage, Ms Morley says.
"If you have an oily residue left on your face after
application, then you're using too much."
People are often worried putting oil on their face
will increase greasiness and acne, but oils such as rosehip
actually help rebalance the skin's oil and moisture production, she
Louise Nixon, Estee Lauder counter manager at Life
Pharmacy Takapuna, agrees.
The only time oil is bad for skin is when you are
already experiencing an acne breakout, Miss Nixon says.
In her pharmacy, moisturiser is more popular than oil
and the main reason is that there is a type of moisturiser for
every type of skin, she says.
"But what most people don't realise is that
moisturiser doesn't penetrate deep enough into the skin's
It sits on the surface or acid mantle, helping
strengthen and hydrate the outer layer and acts as a barrier to
prevent bacteria getting in. If you don't use moisturiser, your
skin will be prone to redness, dryness and breakouts, she says. But
if you want something with anti-ageing properties that can help
with dryness and fine lines then a beauty oil or serum, which can
penetrate to the cellular level, is your best option.
Ms Morley adds that moisturiser is good because it
can contain other ingredients you can't add to a plant oil, such as
vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and sunscreen. However, the cheaper
moisturisers may be mostly water, with few skin conditioning
While it's fine to use either on their own, both
beauty experts suggest combining the two.
Miss Nixon advises using the oil as a
"pre-moisturiser" to "grab" hydration and help the moisturiser stay