The Weekend Post #61: Oils R Us

Two years ago my face was an oil-free product zone. Wedged into the combination skintype category I winced at my greasy T-zone and slapped on products more likely to be found in the teenage section of Boots than anywhere else. Stripping, foaming and most definitely oil-free formulas; the drier my skin felt the happier I was. Fast forward to the present day and my skincare set-up couldn’t look more different. Age, London-life and my general disregard of my recommended water intake (it goes right through me if you get my drift), has left my complexion in the more normal but dehydrated grouping so I like to layer on emollient creams, balm textured cleansers and a hella’ a load of oils. The latter being the most satisfying product to apply of the bunch. A mini spa-esque massage each night propped up at my basin - my skin drinks up the stuff. So much so I like to have three in rotation – you know me. Here’s the need to know on the trio of oily ointments that I’ve tailored into my routine…

Three may seem a little exorbitant but allow me to break it down. My skin likes to surprise me when I wake up each morning so I wade into my skincare wardrobe everyday to find a suitable regime fit so I have an oil option for dry, normal(ish) and overly sebum producing days. Oil-slick days work well with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate* (not to be confused with Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair – ANR is more of a serum, the Kiehl’s more an oil). Containing a scrumptious smelling mix of essential oils, no baddies and a texture that sinks in with no residue this is trusty tool for turning ‘oily’ into ‘glowy’. If my skin is giving me no complaints then I spend the whole day fist pumping and stick with the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil*. This has been a permanent fixture in my stash for well over a year now and keeps everything balanced and in check without any heaviness – P.S) it also smells ah-mazing and lasts forever. Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil is a product that gets wheeled out for particularly parched days. Delivering a heftier dose of hydration than the other two it hangs around for a little longer on the skin but does any dry patches the world of good.

I tend to stick to the ‘oily evening’ approach, and warm up the product up between my hands before pressing into the face post-serum and pre-moisturiser before bed. Although I do make the odd exception in the morning on flakey days when a drop of oil is added to my moisturiser to soup-up the formula. The moral of the story? Halt the stripping and get oily. Oh-er.

*PR Sample


  • Anna Blush

    I really want to try the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate! I have oily skin but it seems really dehydrated so I think it would be great for me. I love reading your blog, your Weekend Posts are my favourite!

  • Denise F.

    I’m  a little bit obsessed with clarins at the moment, so I definitely have to try the clarins oil 😀

  • Karo

    I have the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery, but each time I use it, it breaks me out in tiny little whiteheads 🙁 I’m still hoping it’s just me that is doing something wrong (maybe I use too much of it ?), but  I’m afraid it’s just not  the right product for me ! So sad because I’ve read great things about it.

  • confessionsofabeautylover

    Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil seems amazing, definitely one to go on my wishlist! I only own a couple of products from Clarins but I absolutely love them! x

  • Maddy Cane

    Really want to try oils but I scared that they will break me out, have you noticed this at all? xxx

  • I was surprised to love Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate! I’m still not sure about what it does to my face, really, but I’m liking the result!

  • Beth Bradley

    I’ve just purchased the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I can’t wait to try it. I find ANR very artificial and even seen Caroline Hirons mention that it contains silcones.

    Beth @

  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate rocks! One of the best products i have ever tried. It’s def worth the money.

  • I love using Oils on my skin, I love Kiehls’ MRC and I also love using olive oil works great!

  • I love the clarins oil.

  • the everchanging skin and its woes..oils do look like a great option for a more behaved skin..seems wouldn’t harm to try on these


  • I love the Kiehl’s and Josie Maran! Bit of a oil fan over here…

  • The clarins oil is so lovely, I’ve worked my way through quite a few samples now and can’t wait to purchase it… one day! 😉
    I use the antipodes divine face oil which is gorg, and cheaper! Very nourishing and a saviour for dry patches! 🙂 xo

  • Pippa Jones

    I am in that place, My t-zone couldnt be more greasy, but my temples and cheeks are dry. Such a faff when it comes to skin care. Oils are a tad bit of a no go. 

    Pipp xx

  • Emily

    Believe it or not I found that the Josie Maran Argan Oil actually dried my skin out! I used quite a bit of it as a moisturizer in November/December and my skin actually began to feel dryer and areas became red, almost rash like.  YIKES! Not wanting to give up on it though (it is not cheap) I did a little experimenting and I have found that it does wonders when mixed in with my moisturizer.  

  • All three of these have instantly been added to my wishlist x Becky

  • Ally Roemer

    Love this!  I’m a bit of princess when it comes to the ‘ol facial oils.  I use Kahina’s argan oil, RMS Beauty oil, One Love Organics love springs eternal youth preservation serum, Suki’s balancing oil, and dyingg to try Tata Harper’s rejuvenating serum!

  • Thankyou very much for this, it has been really helpful xxx

  • katherine.parkes

    I’m in love with my Clarins oil, wish I’d tried it sooner! x

  • Cassandra Padgett

    What do you think has made the biggest difference between your combo/red skinned days to today? Your skin is beautiful!!

  • leetal tusia

    how did you normalize your skin? i know you talk about skincare a lot, and i remember you saying you had oilier skin a year or two ago, but did you find that there was a specific product or regime that took you from being an combination gal to the normal skin category? i’m trying to figure out a whole new skin regime and there are just so many things out there that it gets confusing! you’re probably the only blogger i read that has dealt with what i’m dealing with now (combination skin – oily in t-zone normal elsewhere with dehydration at times and a little acne prone). a review or a link to your posts about it would be so lovely! thanks, anna!

  • just ordered clarins oil for combination skin! high hopes and fingers crossed 🙂


  • Hi Anna, i need some advice… I have oily skin and i find it hard to pamper my face with all things nourishing without them either breaking me out or them just sliding off the super oily surface. I was wondering whether to purchase the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. What would you recommend for a good skincare routine for oily skin types? xx 

    • I know you are asking Anna, but I wanted to drop in my two scents since I share in the oily skin wagon ride. I think Tarte’s Maracuja oil is the best I have found for my oilier skin. It’s very lightweight and it has even helped with my acne scars. I always wake up with plumper and brighter skin when I’ve used this the night before.

  • Georgie D’Souza

    Love the Kiehl’s midnight oil, check out my full Kiehl’s skin care review for those that were wondering..

  • Gillian

    I have been loving oils as well lately. My favourite are the Espa Replenishing Facial Oil and the MAC Essential Blend Chamomile and Grapfruit Facial Oil.

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

  • Goodness, I’ve been struggling between the exact three oils on which one to purchase. Gotta say Anna, you’re not making it any easier ;-). x

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