Picking The Perfect Oil For Your Complexion Needs With Sanctuary Spa (PLUS WIN YOUR PERFECT MATCH)


Facial oils may be having a moment, but they’ve been used by skincare experts and therapists for decades as a way of treating skin in an effective and highly nourishing way. Everyone is increasingly obsessed with the multi-functional benefits a little bottle of rich oil can provide, but with good reason. Saturated with effective ingredients in much higher concentrations than your usual moisturiser, they provide a great way to treat your skin without overloading it. Because oils are lipophilic (or fat loving) they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. If you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules also trick the skin into letting active ingredients (such as retinol, glycolic acid and vitamin C) penetrate deeper into the skin, without irritating the surface. An oil is a perfect accompaniment to a targeted skincare regime, adding a little boost when you need it most – whether that’s before your moisturiser, as a night treatment, mixed with your foundation or even rubbed onto dry patches and cuticles. Although they can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for, finding a great product that integrates into your routine is the first step towards great skin.

Sanctuary Spa may be more well known for their pampering body treats and bathtime heroes, but they have an expanding range of skincare products that provide an affordable way of looking after your skin every single day. This Autumn they’re focusing on their range of skin oils (as it’s the perfect time of year to start integrating them as our skincare regime needs a little change-up,) that together aim to prove that this isn’t a step to be intimidated by; beauty oils can actually inject a boost of goodness in a really easy and pleasurable way – you just need to know which one to pick for your personal needs and ensure you’ve got the perfect match. With four different oils to choose from, each can provide a little helping hand in only a couple of drops.  

FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Ultimate Cleansing Oil (£12.00)
This evocative and sensual oil helps to cleanse and remove makeup, leaving skin feeling fresh, soft and hydrated. Infused with a special blend of oils (including jojoba, soy bean, avocado and organ) to nourish and leave skin silky smooth, this gentle cleanser effortlessly melts away dirt and impurities without leaving any residue behind. A great little addition to any routine, and so much better than a face wipe.
How To Use: Massage two or three pumps into hands, apply to skin in circular motions to lift away makeup and impurities, wiping away with a warm damp facial cloth. Repeat if necessary. 

FOR PARCHED SKIN: Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil (£17.50)
With clinical trials proving that two drops of this is as effective as a day cream five times the price, this beautifully scented oil delivers an intense and skin-balancing boost of moisture to leave skin looking fresh, youthful and radiant. A superfood blend of rosehip, sunflower, jojoba, wheatgerm, frankincense and rose oils makes this something exceptionally special for the price; free from mineral oil, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a professional treatment rather than an affordable high street treat.
How To Use: Massage two drops into cleansed skin before bed; add another drop or two to your moisturiser the following morning for an extra moisture boost.

FOR SIGNS OF AGEING: Wonder Oil Serum (£19.50)
An innovative formulation that combines an oil and serum in one product, this requires shaking to activate. The usual texture looks and feels like water, absorbing within seconds to leave skin feeling rejuvenated and plump for up to 24 hours. The oil phase contains a blend of moringa, jojoba and pomegranate for intense hydration, while the serum phase contains red rice stem cells to help rejuvenate and firm the skin; the result is a reduction the appearance of fine lines and a boost in elasticity, without a greasy or heavy finish.
How To Use: Shake the bottle thoroughly before use to mix the two layers; apply two drops to cleansed skin and gently massage in until fully absorbed. Follow with your usual moisturiser.
FOR TIREDNESS & DULLNESS: Overnight Miracle Oil (£19.50)
Intensely nourishing for a hit of goodness while you sleep, the Overnight Miracle Oil claims to rejuvenate skin for a more youthful looking complexion in four weeks. A combination of jojoba, sunflower, wheat germ, pomegranate and rosehip oils help to leave skin looking toned, firmed, soft, smooth and radiant – reducing overall signs of fatigue after only a single use. Free from mineral oil, this is a great one to inject radiance into your complexion without overloading the skin.
How To Use: Massage two drops into cleansed skin before bed; for an added boost, apply up to five drops an hour or two before your bedtime and let the oil get to work as a treatment.

I’ve been giving these a go myself and I’ve been extremely pleasantly surprised as to how good they are, and how well they compete with some other products in my repertoire that command three or four times the price. But I don’t want you to take my word for it – I want you to get involved and try them out for yourself. I have three of each of the oils to give to a reader (that’s 12 of you in total) so you can put them to the test and let me know what you think; if you’re up for the challenge and want to find your own perfect match, let me know your details and skin concerns below. (It’s worth noting that if you have super sensitive skin these products are definitely not for you; they all contain essential oils and fragrance that have been known to cause irritation amongst those with skin conditions and very sensitive complexions.) Together we can prove that beauty oils aren’t just for spa treatments and super complex routines – we can all find our perfect match and turn to it every single day.

Have you tried skin oils before? Are you a little intimidated at the thought of a beauty oil and think it’s maybe not for you? Why do you fancy giving these four new oils from Sanctuary Spa a go?


The Sanctuary skin oils are currently up to £5.00 off in Boots stores and online via Boots.com, so there’s another reason to get on board with a facial oil ASAP! 

The Sanctuary Spa facial oils and cleansing oil are available nationwide via Boots stores and online, priced between £12.00 and £19.50.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sanctuary Spa; all opinions are my own.

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  1. Becca Fletcher
    September 4, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I use the cleansing oil on days that Ive used a lot of makeup and it makes my skin so soft and does an amazing job at removing my makeup. I dont use it too often though because I find it too heavy on my skin. http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

  2. donnasimmonds
    September 5, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    In my early 30's with 2 young children – I think I need all 3 but def would love to try the Overnight Miracle Oil! I love the Sanctuary body products so would love to give their facial oils a go. donnasimmonds@yahoo.co.uk

  3. Anonymous
    September 6, 2016 / 7:00 am

    The overnight miracle oil looks just what I need! @lovepopsie

  4. Heather Cartwright
    September 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I'm a single parent with a new job in a stifling building – hot and tiring days make for a complexion that is both dull and shiny! I've always wanted to try facial oils so maybe this is the push :)hcartwright96@gmail.com

  5. Isabel Freeman
    September 7, 2016 / 9:15 am

    To be honest I've never really had a skincare routine but at the age of 59 my face is showing signs of needing one. I use sanctuary spa products everywhere else on my body with great success and the overnight miracle oil sounds just what I need.isi1657@hotmail.com

    • Hayley Carr
      September 11, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      A face oil is a good place to start – and an overnight treatment! Look for retinol for a little boost too.

  6. Claire @rudedoodle
    September 8, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE skin oils, especially dry oils. I swim every single day so use a dry oil on my body, and sometimes use it on my face, as I don't have a specific facial oil. I would love to try the anti-aging one as I'm 36 now and that is starting to be a concern. I hope I win!Kitschandink@me.com

  7. Anonymous
    September 10, 2016 / 7:56 am

    I was loving the sound of these but I bet they would react badly with my eczema 🙁 any suggestions for face oils which may be ok for me? Moisturiser doesn't always cut it!

    • Hayley Carr
      September 11, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      Yep I wouldn't recommend these for eczema. I would try something as natural and simple as possible, without any essential oils or fragrance. Some great brands include HerbFarmacy, Pestle & Mortar and Brit Beauty oil; you want to avoid anything too heavy and anything with more than a handful of ingredients.

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