The Nicole Code: Hot Beauty Trend – Facial Oils

Facial Oils have become huge in the beauty industry within the last two years or so. We’ve come a long way from when oil was considered the enemy. Now Facial Oils are lauded as a superior former moisturising because they contain essential fatty acids that properly hydrate, restore, and heal the skin.

I became super interested in Facial Oils earlier this year. As I’ve stated on the site a number of times, I have oily, blemish prone skin. So all the products I’ve used on my skin for the last twelve years have been to fight acne. So lots of acid, lots of peroxide, lots of sulphur. Definitely nothing skin nourishing. Which was cool when I was 19. But now that I’m in my late 20s, I have had to start thinking about protecting my skin instead of attacking it all the time. Does that make sense?

Secondly- I am OBSESSED with Korean skincare. K- Beauty has taken over the world because Korean women have the most flawless, dewy skin I literally cannot take it! And their routines consist of between 12-15 steps. Including one or two facial oils.

Sidebar- I’m actually considering doing a complete overhaul of my beauty routine and implementing a FULL Korean regimen in January 2016.

Anyways, I never thought facial oil would be applicable to me because of my skin type, so putting even more oil on my face? No thanks ma’am. However, the Queen of the Beauty Universe- Caroline Hirons, debunked the myth for me.

Using a Facial oil actually helps REDUCE oil production, because our overactive sebaceous glands are tricked into producing less sebum because there’s already oil on the skin. This leaves the complexion more balanced and clearer. So my skin could be less oily and have fewer blemished? SOLD.

I tried the 2 Facial Oils pictured above. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate- which I got from Nordstrom, and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil- which I got from Montaigne Place at the Palms, Lagos.

The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is ‘a replenishing nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning’.  It is pretty nice actually. After using it at night, in the mornings my skin actually looks rejuvenated and glowy.

I stopped using it a few months ago because my skin was going through a terrible phase and I had to just stop everything I was doing. I’m one of those people who gets too excited and tries too many new products at once, so when I start breaking out I can’t figure what’s causing it until I stop everything. It wasn’t the Midnight Recovery Concentrate though. It was a toner I was using at the time. So I’m starting with it again tonight!

Now, the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. This oil is described by the brand as a ‘rebalancing oil for oily skin’. Sounds good right?

This is so heartbreaking for me to type, but my skin hated it. I would wake up with whiteheads (eww) all over my face whenever I used it the night before. I gave it a good few tries too.  Just did not work for me.

I also tried Jojoba Oil- which I talked about HERE. I wanted to love it, especially because it makes my skin look SO GOOD under makeup. My foundation looked so luminous and gorgeous . But it definitely clogged my pores. I think this oil is worth a shot though, because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for you.

Looking forward to starting up with the Kiehl’s again, and will definitely let you know how it goes. If it doesn’t work out, thank Heavens for HYDRALURON.

Have you tried using a Facial Oil or any of the ones mentioned here?

Let Me Know,



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