6 Ways To Use Face Oil

Face oils have been all the rage recently. If you’re anything like me, your initial thought was probably something like “Oil….on my face? Ummm, no thanks.” Cue images of clogged pores, breakouts, and greasy skin dancing in your head.

Gals, it’s time to ditch everything you think you know about face oils. Not only do they not cause breakouts, dermatologists confirm that they’re uber hydrating, and have a plethora of skin-glowing benefits.

Oh, and did we mention this trendy oil has head-to-toe uses, too? Here are six out-of-the-beauty-box ways to get your face oil on. (Trust us, your skin and hair will thank you):

Complexion booster: While it may seem insane to put oil on your face, it actually makes perfect sense. Our skin has natural protective barriers made up of various things, including oil. Scrubs, soaps, and washes can strip that oil away, not to mention as we age we simply produce less of it. By using a face oil that replenishes moisture and improves barrier function, you’ll be left with a healthy, balanced complexion. (One to try: Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Omega 3-6-9 Replenishing Oil, $45)

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Hydrating cleanser: It may seem counterintuitive to clean your face with oil, but it can actually be more effective than traditional cleansers. That’s because it melts away impurities without stripping the skin of moisture. Cleansing oils contain an emulsifier that makes oil bond to water and wash away, so the only thing you’re left with is super clean, hydrated skin. (One to try: Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil, $26)

Dry skin savior: These days, coconut oil is considered a miracle worker, and for good reason! Not only does this stuff have mega-nutritional benefits, it also makes an incredible moisturizer for your face, body, and hair! Simply pick up a jar of virgin coconut oil at your local health food store. An added bonus? The coconut scent is downright delish! (One to try: Barlean’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $13.39)

Makeup remover: This multi-purpose oil also makes for a great makeup remover. It gently and easily removes even the toughest waterproof mascara, long-wearing shadows, and lip stains. Simply dab a drop on a Q-Tip and you’ve got yourself an instant makeup-removing tool! (One to try: Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil, $14)

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Makeup primer: For a red-carpet-like, natural glow skip your regular moisturizer and try applying a drop of face oil pre-foundation. The oil penetrates skin faster than a regular moisturizing cream and gives skin a natural, radiant glow. (One to try: Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, $50)

Tress tamer: Oils that contain rich fatty acids, such as Argan and jojoba oils, also make great hair serums. Apply a small drop to unruly ends, flyaways, and parched strands and, voila, instantly smooth, shiny tresses! (One to try: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $48)

Whether scouring the beauty aisles or your own kitchen cabinets, don’t be shy about trying this head-to-toe hydrator. With a little experimenting, you’ll be able to reap the skin-glowing benefits just in time for Old Man Winter’s yearly visit.  

What do you think, GalTime readers? Will facial oils make it to your beauty cabinet? Or remain in your kitchen pantry? Share your comments below!

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