We’ve told you before and we’ll tell you again… Oils aren’t the devil.

In fact, when applied correctly, oils can be the ultimate skin saviour. Designed to nourish, moisturise and lock in hydration, oils are to your skin what putting on a winter coat is to your body: there to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. And it pains us to see oils getting such a bad wrap. Don’t worry guys, we’ve got you!

Best applied to normal to dry skin types, oils are praised by skin experts for their potency. But, it’s true not everyone responds well to oil. Suppose it’s like every other beauty product, what works for you may not work for someone else but it is important to give it a go. At the end of the day, there will be a formula or variation out there that suits your skin type, your skin needs and your budget. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the looking for you!

Now The Body Shop has revealed its Oils of Life range, which combines the efficacy and nourishing skin benefits of three precious seed oils – black cumin, rosehip and camellia – and here’s the clincher: they’re delivering it in four different textures. That’s right, you can now find a formula that works for you with ease, ensuring you don’t have any face oil FOMO.

Your skin has a gatekeeper known as the acid mantle, which acts as a barrier that keeps moisture in and irritants out. If you have dry skin, your barrier might be compromised. (That’s why dry skin and sensitive skin often go hand-in-hand — when your gatekeeper’s falling down on the job, irritants get into skin more easily.)

At that point, what your skin needs is proper hydration. But without adequate oil locking this hydration in, these levels can be hard to top up.

And while any oil can help replenish the skin’s lipids, rosehip oil, camellia and black cumin are especially good picks for dry skin.

Cold-pressed and blended into a powerful cocktail, this plant-based range consists of an Essence Lotion – a lightweight, water-like texture, which is made for oily skin types. No excuses oily-girls, there’s now a formula specifically designed for you.

Prefer lightweight lotions as opposed to rich creams? Enter the Gel Cream. Ideal for combination complexion types, it gives the skin an intense boost of hydration while leaving a luminous, radiant finish (sans oily finish). If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, this one could slot itself beautifully into your summer skincare routine when a lighter formula is better suited to your complexion.

If you like the idea of a more luxurious, decadent experience, the Cream is for you. Suitable for normal to dry skin types, it will help to repair and protect your skin’s natural barrier without weighing the skin down in an oily film. Like luxury in a jar, this rich formula will do all the hard work for you. We recommend applying it at night so you can wake up feeling nourished, moisturised and ready to take on the day.

Still can’t commit to the slick? Just add one or two drops of the Facial Oil into your moisturiser for an extra boost of hydration to your skin. Alternatively, go The Full Monty and apply the Facial Oil all over your face for a luxurious night skin treatment. Don’t be afraid of the oily film, it will soak into the skin with ease and leave you with that plump, even and dewy supermodel skin. Have we caught your attention now?

In this case, Grease is the word.

Tell us, do you use face oils?


Sistah Butters

I'm glad to see that the ingredients are "natural." That ish with all the chemicals is causing health challenges from hell. The cost of the chemical laden products d/n include the cost of medical professionals and pharmaceutical that is prescribed to fix the mess it made.


I introduced an oil into my skin routine a few months ago, and I have to say, I am totally hooked. Right now I'm using Go-to Skincare's Face Hero, and it's making a huge difference to the texture of my skin, and has reduced my acne and hyperpigmentation. I am keen to check out the Oils of Life range too, though!


I've been using just plain rosehip oil and I've noticed pretty good results! I saw this and laughed at how dramatic the name of it is-- 'oils of life'-- and then of course I wandered in the shop to ask a ton of questions. Still debating trying it out, but after reading your article I think I'll try the Gel Cream! Thanks!

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