London-based facialist to the stars, Michaella Boulder, was recently in town to demonstrate some promising sounding oil products from L'Oreal Paris.
Always popular in
Asia, facial oils have been enjoying a
renaissance here in the last few years -
but we've had to pay big for the privilege. Until now. The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect
Extraordinary Facial Oil will retail for €29.99, with an oil-in-cream version
also available for €22.99. I'll report back when I've had a chance to try.
So that's the good news - but how, exactly, do we use them?
Michaella demonstrated how oils can be used with the ultimate anti-ageing technique - face massage - to smooth away tension, relax facial muscles and lift up the skin.
I caught up with her afterwards, to establish the best technique for doing this at home. Allow 20 minutes for your evening face routine:
- After cleansing and toning, squeeze 4 to 5 drops of oil into the palms of your hands and rub together, to activate and warm.
- Press the palms onto your skin from the forehead down to the chest area (add more oil if needed)
- Slide back up to the middle of your chin, using your index finger above and your thumb below your jaw.
- Pinch along to your ears (repeat 6 times)
- Press your palms over your cheek bones, and sweep outwards and upwards to the hair line (repeat 6 times).
- Finish up on the forehead, again sliding your palms from the centre outwards applying a gentle pressure (repeat 6 times).
- Get to know your face and work on any pressure points where you can feel a build-up of tension, using a comfortable pressure.
Still confused? I got it on video, too!