The option to grease up is as strong as ever, although it took what seemed like a long time to convince the die hard soap-and-water crew to give in to oil. Slathering oil on one’s face did not feel natural. It really didn’t. Anyone that made it through the 90s would agree: facial oil is a new adjustment thus acquired. We were trained to think that oil was over, it was passé. It's references came in the form of judgement: Those who had slicked on baby oil and sat in the sun during their youth had appeared decades later as the poster child for what not to do.
But my, how times have changed! Oil is in and it’s good for your skin. So now the question begs, which one? If you’ve been paying even the slightest attention to the current facial oil landscape, you are likely aware of the countless offerings, and it’s easy to become lost amongst the endless array.
Working to replicate what your epidermis is missing, the best oils do not sit atop the face feeling greasy or play Houdini, disappearing into nowhere. These options ‘sink’ into skin and hydrate; they love and hug your face. If your beauty cabinet is omitting an oil, stop what your doing, and stock up on one, or all of these types.
Trying to get back some of the time the sun has stolen from you? Yeah, us too. Age-defying oils contain the highest levels of antioxidant-rich ingredients and are blended with the tried and true known-best-for-skin-ingredients. These are easily spotted by their age-related names and top of the list ingredients. Role calling; Rosehip seed, argan, avocado and jojoba. The fountain of youth awaits…
Try: Pai Echium & Amaranth Age Confidence Facial Oil
Created by true skin care authorities, this batch of oils takes acne, dryness, dehydration and sensitivities into consideration. Blending essences and pure extracts to create beneficial products for varied skincare concerns. Look for terms such as restorative, hydrating, balancing, and the obvious, anything followed by ‘treatment’.
Try: Soapwalla Restorative Face Serum, Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
A luxe oil is not the sum of it’s, well, sum, it’s a matter of ingredients. Tried and tested by pros and fans, luxe oils use top of the line, namely organic and ethical oils, blended with elegance, taste and packaging. What’s not in them is as important as what is. These oils are always the top of the lists of beauty editors and celebs alike, but don’t be fooled by the hype – no one likes to back a bummer. One try and we’re sure you’ll be jumping on the bandwagon too.
Try: Rodin Olio Lusso, RMS Beauty Oil
So you can buy a one-off gallon of rosehip at your local health food store, but is it organic, is it cold pressed, have bees sung morning songs to it? Likely not. Best just get what the best of the best have chosen to source and bottle for you. These companies also tend to have a method to their not-so-madness, meaning that pure rosehip (or argan, etc) is infused with more than you’ll find in the bargain bin.
Try: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend, Kahina Giving Beauty 100% Argan Oil, One Love Organics Supercritical Chia Oil
Mineral oil is not your BFF. A byproduct of petroleum, mineral oil sits on the skin, blocking absorption and clogging pores. Greasy is for diners, not faces.
This post also appeared on The Luxe Life.