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EGG Recommends – Essential Skincare!

Sarah Johnston
1st Feb. '21

Hands up whose skin is suffering during isolation? I know mine is looking less than Zoom call friendly right now and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. The combination of unforgiving weather conditions coupled with being cooped up indoors (who doesn’t have the thermostat cranked up) quickly wreaks havoc on our skin.

However, there is a quick fix with long lasting benefits: serums and oils. Intensely hydrating, nourishing, radiance boosting, corrective and anti-ageing, facial oils and serums are the best investment for anyone looking to transform dry, winter skin. That, and a good dose of H20, of course.

Serums and Oils

“Facial serums and oils contain a high proportional concentration of active ingredients, making them ideal for targeting specific concerns such as wrinkles, radiance, acne, hydration or pigmentation,” explains EGG Fiona Fowley, who owns the multi-award winning Zen Lifestyle. “Unlike a moisturiser, serums have lipid-soluble bases which allow these potent ingredients to penetrate into the epidermis as opposed to lying on the surface.”

Fellow EGG and Edinburgh skincare expert Justine Mitchell of Chamomile Sanctuary agrees and is a firm fan of serums and oils at this time of year.

She says: “Long winter months can be challenging for our skin. This is the time of the year when our skin needs additional products to help maintain a healthy appearance. Facial serums and oils give an additional booster to daily skin routine and help to protect skin.”

Layering for impact

According to Justine, we should be using both a serum and oil for maximum benefit and protection, layering an oil over a serum before finishing with a moisturiser.

Serums are highly concentrated products that are absorbed by skin instantly, working on deeper levels of the skin”, she explains. “Oils are thicker, therefore are absorbed more slowly giving long lasting protection. They work as a barrier and provide much needed nourishment.

“Facial oils are also great anti-ageing products. They are rich in antioxidants and slow down the ageing process helping to repair some existing damage to the skin. Oils also make the skin smooth and soft creating a beautiful glow. Many also contain essential oils or botanical extracts helpful in targeting skin problems.”

What Works

Potent, high-quality serums have now become a prerequisite for most brands today. Advanced and multi-tasking ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides all work to boost skin quality fast. And, it seems, you get what you pay for.

Zen Lifestyle’s Fiona agrees. She explains: “Given the highly-concentrated active ingredients in many of today’s high tech breed of advanced and specialised serums and oils, it’s little surprise they come with a hefty price tag. However, a little of the product goes a long way and can have a transformational effect on the skin. My advice is to spend as much as you can afford on a potent serum to correct skincare concerns as there’s a fantastic array of affordable facial oils out there, to suit all budgets.”

Selecting the right serum and oil is really down to the skin itself – its current needs and age.

“Personal skin concerns are the priority when selecting facial products,” explains Justine. “Does your skin feel tight, look dull or maybe out of balance, for example. Or, have you noticed more spots/blemishes? There is a huge variety of products to choose from therefore it is a good idea to speak with your facial therapist who can help you to choose the appropriate product.”

Thankfully, some Edinburgh salons – including Zen Lifestyle and Chamomile Sanctuary – are offering telephone and virtual skincare consultations to help their clients through lockdown. So, call the salon for advice or product recommendations and support local!

There’s a myriad of great oils and serums out there but we’ve pulled together our current winter favourites. And the best bit is, you can buy them all locally. Happy Shopping!




THE ULTIMATE SKIN DRINK. For some serious hydration, we are loving Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense (£55), Chamomile Sanctuary’s best-selling serum. This potent hyaluronic acid serum recharges the skin’s internal moisture source and natural production of hyaluronic acid, delivering immediate and long-term hydration for all-day moisture. It also boasts amino acids and fatty acids to boost water retention.

DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN C. Boost luminosity and fight visible signs of ageing with the acclaimed Super C30 (£44) by Medik8, a firm favourite at Zen Lifestyle. This ultra-brightening serum is high-strength, high-performance and ideal for those looking to blast pigmentation and deliver a hit of anti-ageing power.

THE NOURISHER. So many of you recommended the ultra-nourishing Facial Oil (£24.95) by Edinburgh brand Amaranthine ( and WOW, you were right. This oil is like a superfood for your skin. A 100% natural blend of ingredients and essential oils, this light oil works to nourish, anti-age, firm, moisturise and soothe skin. It has also quickly developed a reputation for tackling inflammation (think rosacea, eczema and acne). It can be used day or night and, if that’s not enough, it also quickly boosts radiance. Hello glowing skin!

THE BALANCER. Fellow Edinburgh beauty brand Lucky Cloud Skincare has also been causing a bit of a stir on EGG with their award-winning Balancing Facial Oil (£21). Ideal for those with combination skin or suffering from some ‘maskne’ right now, this anti-inflammatory blend of fast absorbing botanical oils help to protect irritated skin and also works to heal scarring. This wonder oil is ideal for day and night use…also check out their Nourishing Oil.

BEAUTY SLEEP. Get some beauty sleep with Beautitude Oil Renew Night Oil (from £14). This luxurious anti-ageing facial oil is made by acclaimed East Lothian aromatherapy company, Beautitude. Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin A, it works to boost cell renewal and reduces the appearance of fine lines and leaves skin looking radiant.

THE MID LIFE NOURISHER. We love pretty much everything that Jodie and Dan, founders of  The Method in Stockbridge do. They’re own skincare range MODM is no different. Perfect for dry and mature skin, they’re all natural and vegan Vitamin Repair Face Oil (£38) will make your parched skin sing.


Sarah Johnston is EGG Lifestyle Editor and has written for a number of publications including The Times, Press & Journal, Daily Record, i-on and the Scotsman Publications.

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