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December 3, 2012

Best Oils for Gorgeous Skin


I’ve been using face oils regularly for at least fewyears now, and I’m hooked. In fact, I’m such an oil fanatic that I also use cleansing oils, body oils, and hair oils — all of which used to scare me as well. My skin isn’t as likely to break out as it used to be, so I’ve swapped out peppermint and tea tree oils for anti-agers like Argan and antioxidants like rose hip seed.

Despite the popularity of face oils, I realize that there are still plenty of people who are as intimidated as I was. Here’s the key: You have to figure out which face oil is right for your skin, and start slowly with just a drop or two. These five skin care oils are some of the most popular, and they come highly recommended by experts. Read on to find out which one you should try.


Burt’s Bee’s blemish stick $9
So long blemishes. Nature has a fix. This all-natural blemish stick contains 10 effective herbal ingredients including Tea Tree and Juniper Oils, known for their antiseptic and astringent qualities. It also has Willow Bark, which clarifies and gently exfoliates your skin to decongest pores and help prevent annoying breakouts. So your skin will be clear and you’ll be smiling ear to ear.

• Contains 10 effective herbal ingredients
• Has Tea Tree and Juniper Oil known for their antiseptic and astringent qualities
• Clarifies and exfoliates skin gently and effectively with Willow Bark

Caudalie Vinosource nourishing concentrate $44
Grapeseed oil. Best for oily skin.

If you have oily skin, ily skin — even if you don’t have acne — you’re probably as averse to oils as I was. In the middle of the afternoon I needed blotting papers or pressed powder — definitely not more oil on my already shiny forehead. But grapeseed oil can actually help regulate your natural oil production, says holistic skin care expert Cecilia Wong. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants, including skin-brightening vitamin C.


Black currant oil. Best for repair
Celia Wong Reviving Black Currant Serum $72

Dr Celia Wong was asked, what she would recommend for a client whose skin had been traumatized in some way — like after a laser treatment, too much time in the sun, or even wind-burned from skiing. Her answer? Black currant oil. It’s her favorite reparative treatment because it’s rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties. It even works on eczema.

Chamomile oil. Best for sensitive skin.
Darphin Oranic Chamomile Aromatic Care $70

The same way you can drink chamomile tea to relax, you can use chamomile oil to calm your skin. It soothes redness and irritation in a matter of seconds. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for those with rosacea.


Olive oil. Best for very dry skin

We’ve all heard stories about women in Italy bathing in the stuff — and I’m sure they have beautiful skin. But using olive oil as a face oil is the scariest of all. I may have become an oil enthusiast, but I’ve never been able to use this one for anything other than cooking and salad dressing.

You can buy it at the grocery store — just be sure to look for the term “first cold press” on the bottle. (These formulas are higher in antioxidants than other varieties.) Not only is it super moisturizing, olive oil is also rich in compounds like polyphenols, squalene, and fatty acids — all of which are nourishing and help fight aging.