10 Jun Hair, Skin and Body Oils: An Essential Part Of Your Beauty Collection
Take it from a former skeptic: I’ve been using my favorite face oil for 2 years now and my skin continues to sing its praises. Despite my constant encounters with the Texas heat and the scorching Puerto Rican sun, I’ve found that the moisturizing and healing properties of my olive-based skin oil have not only made my skin look and feel better, but also reduced the need for makeup. My face oil infatuation was a compliment to my existing fondness of hair oil products, and was accentuated with the addition of body oils to the beauty kit. After seeing the great coverage and the suppleness of skin after each use, I can’t recommend enough to (women and men!) to add healthy hair, skin and body oils to their maintenance repertoire.
Perhaps the ultimate skin secret, face oil has been used by indigenous people all over the world in various forms for millennia; nothing lasts that long unless it works. Moreover, conventional moisturizers, which combine waxes with water and oils, seal moisture into the skin with the wax. Unfortunately, they can also seal out some of the oil and water, not to mention treatment benefits included in the formula. With oil, all the nutrients in its ingredients penetrate deeper and faster. Most oils are already naturally packed with ingredients like antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids. Meanwhile, moisturizer formulators spend an enormous amount of time, money, and unnecessary (sometimes toxic) ingredients on texture—how it feels when you actually put the moisturizer on your skin. Oils have a naturally gorgeous, instantly skin-comforting texture—they need no extra ingredients to make them sink in. Also, their multi-purpose properties far outperform some other products in my beauty kit.
While conventional beauty companies have (finally) gotten into the face-oil business, the all-natural, pure options are absolutely superior, and not just from a clean perspective. Firstly, there’s no improving on perfection—adding in extra ingredients often just dilutes the benefits of the base oils. Also, most clean face-oil makers have been making it much longer than the conventional newbies, and they’ve learned what really works on skin. Here are some amazing picks from this editor to get you started on your face-oil healing and rejuvenation journey:
TOP PICKS: FACE OILS
EXPERT TIP: Face oil can be used for basic (and really effective) moisturization, but it’s also amazing for makeup touchups—instead of adding more makeup, pat some oil on to revive the makeup you’ve already got on. If your skin is extremely dry, massage in some face oil, then layer over it with a rich moisturizer. Another layering trick: Pat on face oil, then smooth all-natural mineral SPF over it. The sunblock seals in the oil a bit, but it also slightly mattifies your skin, so it’s less shiny. You can also use oil just the way you would serum or moisturizer when thinning out foundation or bronzer formulas.
TOP PICKS: BODY OILS
TOP PICKS: WONDERS FOR YOUR HAIR
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