ila and Kiels face oil

I met up with a very lovely beauty PR recently who had the most perfect skin. As she has a 16 year old son, I assumed she must be middle aged, but was too polite to ask. She said she hadn’t had surgery, so I asked what her favourite beauty secret was. “It’s all about oil for me, as I get older, I find my skins just loves it.”

I had been given some oil to try (not by her BTW), so decided to give it a go in an attempt to enulate her flawless, youthful, yet real complexion. So over the last couple of weeks, I have been religiously applying ila rose oil in the morning and Kiels Midnight recovery at night. I had to persevere with the rose oil as I hate the smell of roses and it was quite overwhelming at first, but it becomes less overpowering the more you use it.

The great thing about using oil, is that you only need a tiny bit, so they may be expensive (the rose oil is £58) but they do last a long time. Both are made from natural ingredients and the Midnight recovery Oil contains lavender, therefore is lovely and relaxing before bedtime. I have been using it in conjunction with the Kiels Midnight Recovery eye cream, which also contains lavender and evening primrose oil.

Ok  so I don’t look as young as Madonna and when teen daughter and I visited a nail bar recently, the (clearly visually impaired) nail technician asked if she was my grand daughter. But my skin looks healthier and smoother and I love the relaxing lavender in the Midnight Recovery oil.

Miracles are so over rated – don’t you think?



  • Nicola says:

    I love Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate oil. I use it every night. My skin loves it and the smell is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Monix says:

    Granddaughter indeed – I hope you gave her a hard ballastic stare!
    Been using the Kiehl’s oil for a few weeks now -does smell lovely and I think my skin feels softer but I still have to slather on the night cream on top.
    Hope everybody has a relaxing easter weekend (so much nicer than Christmas don’t you think?


  • Jane says:

    liking the sound of the Liz Earle as well and think night cream over the top might be the way forward. My ageing skin just can’t seem to get enough moisture!

    Happy Easter to you too Monix, yes love Easter, so much less pressure than Christmas!

  • Rose hip seed oil is the most excellent and proven anti-ageing ingredient. This is different to the scented rosa damascena oil. Rose hip seed oil is bright orange in colour and has no scent at all. It’s not cheap but the trick is to mix 3-4 drops in with your regular moisturiser. That way you benefit from the humectant properties of the moisturiser as well as the restorative properties of the oil. When using oils always go for those that are raw and cold-pressed. Heating and chemical extraction alter the molecular structures of the oils.

    Pai do a lovely rose hip seed oil :

    As do The Organic Pharmacy:

  • Jude says:

    I’m into oil too – can’t remember the name but its by Ren (from spaceNk) for night-time use under moisturiser (mine includes a good dose of hyurolonic acid). Two mins after applying my skin feels peachy like a teenagers – only when I open my eyes there’s this lined 50-yr old face staring back :( But I do feel its the way forward!

  • Jude says:

    Jessica, you sound very knowledgeable – can I pick your brain? The Ren product I mention above has Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil in it – is this the same thing you’re referring to? The product is called Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate. Thanks!

  • emma says:

    I absolutely love my Neal’s Yard facial oils. I use the orange flower facial oil in the morning under moisturiser, and the frankincense facial oil under a night cream. As a skin treat, I also use the Neal’s Yard Wild Rose beauty balm, which contains the wonderful Rose Hip seed oil.Can’t recommend highly enough!

  • Jane says:

    Jessicas is indeed very knowledgable, and we hope to have her writing some guest posts soon.

  • I am a huge fan of face oils too (I only use them overnight or on weekends myself as I find I get a bit oily if I wear them with makeup), and my skin just loves them too! Huge fan of pure organic rosehip oil (I know you say you don’t like the smell of roses, but you do get used to this) – Trilogy and Kosmea do great, inexpensive versions, as well as Darphin, Aesop and Kiehl’s (I also love mixing a few drops with a serum if I want something lighter).

    Briony xx

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