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January 4, 2011

Face Oil: A Love Story

When I was a teenager, all I wanted (besides a date with the boy-next-door basketball player who is now boring and balding) was for my skin to stop shining like the top of the Chrysler building. I can still remember the powdery scent of my Cover Girl pressed powder compact that I carried with me everywhere. And god forbid anything but oil-free moisturizers touched my skin. The 16-year-old me would just DIE if she saw me slathering my face with oil, which is what I do all winter. That idea might make some of you queasy but I swear it’s the best thing ever. Plant oils like apricot and shea are the closest thing to our own natural oils, so they make perfect moisturizers. They also help balance skin when it gets out of wack, and unlike mineral oil won’t clog pores. Depending on your skin type, you can apply facial oil under your moisturizer for extra comfort, in place of your moisturizer, or as a supplement—just mix a few drops with your daily moisturizer. These are my current favorites, though good old olive oil will do just fine, too:

(Clockwise)  Dr. Hauschka Normalizaing Day Oil ($43) – Ironically balances oily and blemish-prone skin without drying or irritation; Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil ($140) – A cult-favorite among celebs, this liquid gold is rich enough to stand it for your moisturizer;  Josie Maran Argan Oil ($40) – Incredibly versatile, argan oil instantly smoothes parched skin, dry cuticles, and flyaway hair;  Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum ($60) – An all-in-one miracle treatment that moisturizes, softens, protects, and undoes damage;  Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil ($25) – Fantastically soothing for sensitive skin, light enough to use all year round, and more deliciously scented than you can possibly imagine. So why not smell for yourself? I’m giving away two to the readers who are willing to give facial oil a whirl! Just leave your name in the comments section below.

UPDATE: Congrats to Karen, Sylvia and Steve on scoring samples of one of these amazing skin-saving products!

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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