HIGH FIVE: BEAUTY OILS
Five ways to get people talking about your skin in superlatives.
Still haven’t tried oils? Think they’re not for you and wouldn’t know which one to choose anyhow? Don’t be fooled, intimidated—or the last to know. Here is a quick study of the stark differences, subtle nuances, and secret ingredients of five oils. MELISSA LANE
1. JOSIE MARAN 100% PURE ARGAN OIL - REGULAR & LIGHT
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: 100% organic, natural argan oil.
WHAT IT IS: Argania spinosa kernel oil comes from the fruit of the argan tree, which only grows in the semi-desert region of Morocco.
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: Argan oil is high in antioxidants, vitamin E, phenols, phenolic acid, essential fatty acids, carotene, and squalene.
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU: It absorbs immediately, leaving no residue—especially the light version, which leaves a semi-matte finish.
BONUS SUPERPOWER: In addition to your face, you can also use it on hair, cuticles, dry elbows—and even babies.
2. ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: Microalgae oil.
WHAT IT IS: Microalgae is culled from the sea, and has a unique molecular structure and oil profile.
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: Microalgae oil contains high concentrations of oleic acid that replenish essential fatty acids; phytosterols, a precursor to vitamin D that acts as a skin-strengthening compound; and soothing tocopherols and tocotreinols that deliver vitamin E and antioxidants.
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU: It moisturizes more deeply than many traditional moisturizers. Studies showed that after one application, skin treated with microalgae oil maintained hydration for up to 24 hours and was on average five times more hydrated then untreated skin.
BONUS SUPERPOWER: This face treatment performs like a powerful antiaging serum—but with the luxe experience of an oil.
3. FRESH SEABERRY MOISTURIZING FACE OIL
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: Seaberry oil.
WHAT IT IS: Also known as seabuckthorn oil, it is a powerful antioxidant rich in essential fatty acids.
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: It is noted for protecting the skin from aging free radicals; enhancing the healing process; calming and soothing; and improving elasticity, softness, and smoothness.
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU: It’s suitable for all skin types, so even if you have oily or combination skin, it won’t cause breakouts.
BONUS SUPERPOWER: Mix a few drops with your foundation for additional moisture.
4. OLE HENRIKSEN PURE TRUTH YOUTH ACTIVATING OIL
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: Vitamin C.
WHAT IT IS: A supercharged blend of five sources of vitamin C.
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: It brightens, supports natural collagen, and strengthens and firms skin’s appearance, providing antioxidant protection for antiaging results—immediately and over time.
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU: This is a great oil for layering, working best when applied between cleansing and moisturizing.
BONUS SUPERPOWER: Try it after Ole Henriksen’s wildly popular Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster for a double dose of C.
5. NUDE PROGENIUS TREATMENT OIL
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9.
WHAT IT IS: The essential fatty acids of 10 plant oils, including black cumin, camellia, camelina, borage, seabuckthorn, macadamia, sweet almond, crambe abyssinica, jojoba, and apricot.
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: The all-absorbing formula reveals skin that appears lit from within, providing vital nutrients to defend against aging.
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU: It is an excellent way to swiftly absorb antioxidants and vitamins.
BONUS SUPERPOWER: Use it to prime your skin for perfect makeup application.
Looking for a good moisturizer? Well, here’s a list of some. A little pricey for my taste, but well worth a try for a pretty face.