Beauty Oils: What you need to know

Jul 5, 2017

Oils have gotten a bad rap. When you typically talk to someone about putting oil on their face, they look at you in horror. Then they incredulously and say, but oils break me out.  Yes, using the wrong oils for your skin type will do that. If you use the right oil, the results can be what glowing skin dreams are made of.

Number one cardinal rule, look for noncomedogenic formulas (those designed to not clog pores) as well as cold-pressed or expeller-pressed versions to help retain their natural health benefits.

There is so much misinformation about the proper use of beauty oils. Thankfully, people are starting to open their minds to the insane benefits of beauty oils. I have sworn by beauty oils for years. Yes, I have very dry skin, so I was never worried about breakouts. However, there are certain oils that are more and less beneficial to certain skin types. But listen to me here and now, oils do not cause pimples if they are the right ones for your skin. There are specific ones for oil balancing, for creating a glow, for anti-aging, environmental protection and clarifying.

I can tell you this, my skin has never been more balanced, more glowing and more hydrated once I got the perfect oil routine down. For example, rosehip oil is supremely wonderful for anti-aging, environment protection and wrinkle reduction. Also, this one is perfect for expectant mothers as rosehip oil helps to maintain elasticity, hello, stretch marks.

However, there are some common misconceptions. These are your SEVEN skin saving facts you must know about beauty oils.

1. You cannot moisturize your skin with an oil. Moisturizers are made up of three factors: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Only humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, draw water into skin and moisturize. Oils, on the other hand, fall into the occlusive and emollient categories. Oils act as a sealer of sorts. They create a top layer, they do not pull in water, which is the only way to actually moisturize.

2. There’s only one way to really benefit from an oil. Save it for last. If you apply oil first, any moisturizing or treatment product that follows won’t be able to penetrate, leaving your hair or skin to wither in a dry coffin of despair. Remember, oils are only the gatekeepers, not producers, of hydration, so begin with loading up on humectants, and then pile on the oil afterward to keep moisture from escaping.

3. Yes, oils will clog your pores. But not all oils. Reading ingredients is so important and one to avoid is mineral oil. There are others that indeed CAN clog your pores. Another two that are common cloggers are olive oil and coconut oil, so you may want to avoid if you have acne prone skin.  Finding what works for you benefits most from trial and error.

4. Oils are filled with good-for-your-skin antioxidants. One reason beauty insiders lean on oils is that they are loaded with vitamins that repair and protect. Argan oil is the superstar when it comes to antioxidants as it has a  high concentration of wrinkle-delaying vitamins A and E. There’s up to four times more vitamin C in marula oil, an antioxidant that counters hyperpigmentation, than in an orange. Another great option: rosehip oil, which is padded with vitamin C which is a powerhouse of an environmental damage protection.

5. There’s an oil that specifically treats acne-prone skin. Tea-tree oil is lauded for  for acne-prone skin, and for good reason. Plenty of scientific evidence proves its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil actually kills acne bacteria and reduces the size of pimples. But be careful as it could irritate your skin, so patch test people.

6. For the driest skin (mine! mine! mine!), reach for the heaviest, most occlusive oils. Avocado and sweet-almond oil which contain the most fatty oil (Omega 3 and fatty acids) properties. These can feel heavier and greasy to some.,

7. Facial oils should be lighter than the thicker, rich  ones used on your body. There are some oils that are dry in texture and  quick-drying ones like grapeseed, apricot kernel, argan, and marula, which are ideal for most skin types. Really dry? Again, consider sweet-almond oil. Oily skin? You then need jojoba, which tells the skin to stop overproducing sebum (that is what causes oily skin.


I have a few holy grail oils that I use for different things every single day. One for balancing in the am, one for priming under makeup and one for major overnight hydration sealing, softening and one for making me glow like J.Lo ( I wish!).

Meet my superpower oils.

Marula Oil by Drunk Elephant– This is the lightest of the bunch. It has a dry texture, not greasy and absorbs amazingly. This is great to prime for makeup. I order here on Amazon but you can get on Sephora or Drunk Elephant. You know I love my prime account.

Active Botanical Serum by Vinter’s Daughter- This is my holy grail. I can not live without this stuff. This is in my morning routine. Since I have been using my skin is more balanced, even toned, more supple, soft and glowing. This is definitely a luxury with a matching price tag. It took my a while to bite the bullet and now I will never be without.

Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley- This is my big gun. This baby goes on at night. It is heavier but really does the job of sealing in moisturizer and giving that glow with all the superfood oils this contains. I buy this on Sephora. I try to wait for the 15% friends and family and stock up. It is well worth the price though.

Camelia Beauty Oil by Tatcha I have this one in my bag all the time, as it is travel friendly due to its mini size. I use this to spot treat dry patches and put over my makeup during the day to add back some radiance once the air dries it out.

Blue Orchid by Clarins – This is a great one if Vitner’s Daughter is out of your budget. You can swap this in the same place. This is a bit more budget friendly.  It is $33 on Amazon here.


Do you use oil? If not, what is holding you back.



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