A good question for anyone with combination or oily skin who has been afraid to touch oil based skin care products. For a start, natural plant-based oils are packed with vitamins and nutrients that our skin can use to protect, rebuild and nourish itself. For example Almond oil is high in Vitamin E and D, magnesium and calcium as well as oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids which vital for cell renewal.

Oils also promote the skin's own rhythms and stimulate it's natural activity. Something like Dr. Hauschka's Normalising Day Oil, which has been specifically created for oily and acne skin conditions, is, as its name suggests, an oil for oily skin. Its formulation is non-greasy and light so those with oily skin will not feel as if they're just clogging their pores. In fact it helps to regulate and normalise the skin's own oil production and purify open pores.

If it's a little scary to jump straight into a face oil you could start out using an oil on other, less oily parts of your body. Somewhat of an addiction lately, is my use of a rose hip based Aromatic Body Oil by Trilogy. Each time I pass the tester bottle in the So Organic shop I have to take a squirt and rub it into my hands, forearms and elbows (or as high up as I can reach!). I'm a converted body oil devotee and actually find it odd applying a cream based lotion to my skin. A good body oil absorbs well without leaving your skin feeling greasy or oily, oddly enough.

I'm glad now I dared to try the oil way. My skin looks smoother, more even and healthier for it, and it feels divine to rub in - no more sticky skin!