Over the past several years we’ve seen a surge in oil-based beauty products hit the store shelves, from cleansers to makeup removers. But some people are still taken aback at the idea of putting oil anywhere near their face or hair. Those with an oil phobia fear not. Oils can be a boon to your beauty regimen.
Something to keep in mind is that not all oils are created equal. Mineral oils clog pores while organic, unrefined seed, nut and botanical oils have many benefits. They can actually help regulate oil production in the skin as well as act as powerful moisturizers and protectants for sensitive skin. With that in mind here are 15 oil-based beauty products to try.
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Moisturizing Face Oil
Once colder temperatures move in, it’s time to ramp up hydration, especially where complexions are concerned. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($59) is made with a soothing blend of oils including seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed and sweet almond, which absorbs quickly and boosts moisture in the skin.
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Anyone dealing with even a small amount of frizz knows how frustrating it can be to want smooth strands, but not know how to get them. Enter Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($39), which can be used on any hair type and colour to reduce frizz, smooth and soften strands, detangle and strengthen hair against breakage.
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Wake up with soft, smooth, hydrated skin when you go to sleep in Nars Restorative Night Treatment ($85). This unique treatment starts out as a gel that transforms into an oil as you smooth it onto your skin. The oil locks in moisture while you sleep so you can start the day with skin that looks and feels well-rested.
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The winter months can be notoriously rough on skin, leaving us with dry, cracked and chapped patches. Combat the problem with something ultra-rich and nourishing like Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Oil Balm ($44). It transforms from a balm to an oil on contact and seals in hydration while at the same time creating a protective barrier for skin. It can be used on elbows, hair, cuticles and wherever needs a dose of extra moisture.
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Soften your body this fall and winter with the help of Josie Maran Whipped Argan Body Butter ($35). The luxurious moisturizer is formulated with not only argan oil, but 10 other plant oils and extracts for maximum hydration all over.
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Oil in the shower? It might sound strange, but L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil ($24) foams up as soon as it comes into contact with water and feels ultra-luxurious on skin.
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Since we know oil can benefit face and hair, why not invest in one that can be used on both? Parlour Apothecary Tamanu and Vanilla Hair and Face Oil ($32) is a lightweight restorative oil that can be used on the face, hair and the body. This oil absorbs quickly, instantly smooths and hydrates skin and doesn’t feel greasy. If you’re going to use it on your hair, apply a small amount at night and wash it out in the morning.
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Facial Cleansing Oil
Swap the gel or foaming cleanser for a cleansing oil to remove dirt and makeup without disrupting skin’s moisture balance. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil ($44) uses a blend of organic oils to dissolve impurities while ensuring skin feels soft, never tight.
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Body Cleansing Oil
If you can use oil to cleanse your face, why not do the same for your body? Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil for Body ($28) is infused with argan oil, safflower oil, avocado oil and grapeseed oil to keep skin soft, while also offering a thorough cleanse.
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Anyone with sensitive skin knows the frustration of finding products that heal rather than irritate the skin. Pure + Simple Sensitive Face Oil ($33) uses German chamomile and borage seed oils to calm redness and irritation. Organic coconut oil is also in the mix to soothe and cool the skin.
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Keep lips soft and flake-free with Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($5). This effective lip treatment hydrates dry lips with coconut oil and cools while it moisturizes thanks to a hint of eucalyptus.
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Oil might not be the first thing you think about when comes to your eyes, but Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil ($48) is an effective means of nourishing the skin around the eyes. Chamomile and avocado oils smooth, brighten and replenish the delicate under-eye area.
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Want to focus? Feel calmer? Fall asleep faster? Province Apothecary has a Therapeutic Roll On ($32) for what ails you. These all-natural treatments are made with various essential oils that work to help you do everything from nipping a headache in the bud to giving you an energy boost.
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There’s something so refreshing about the soft scent of rose. When you’re looking for a subtle scent that’s timeless look no further than Jurlique Essence Of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil ($22). We also love the purse-size roll-on.
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Cuticles can get dry and sometimes regular mani appointments aren’t in the cards. Keep nails looking healthy and cuticles soft with the help of Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil ($24) that softens with coconut and jojoba oils.