The Ultimate Guide to Oils For Your Skin


If you’ve strolled through Sephora lately, you’ve probably seen the shelves packed with tons of different types of oils. It’s the trendiest thing in skincare right now. Since Moroccan oil hit the scene a few years ago, brands have been searching all over the world for the hottest oils. For ladies with oily skin to begin with, purchasing an oil-based product might seem like a definite no-no. “The nice thing about oil for people with oily skin is if you use something that’s water-based, it’s not going to penetrate your skin because water and oil separate,” says Origins beauty adviser and counter manager Katie Goldberg. “Oil-based products can get past that layer of skin and do its job.” Whether you’re a dry, oily, or combination skin type, get ready to lather up in some of the most popular oils on the market today.

Argan Oil

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Argan oil should be renamed the fountain of youth. This oil is produced from the Argan tree in Morocco and is packed with Vitamin C and rich fatty acids. These qualities make this oil perfect for all skin types and the ultimate anti-aging product. If you’re looking to improve or prevent fine lines, wrinkles or skin texture, this is for you. For women with oily skin, make sure not to use the oil in its pure form. “You have to be a little bit more wary about the amount of oil you’re adding into your skin,” says Ulta Cosmetics Prestige Manager Sarah Spector. Try using Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 ($32.00) to hydrate and protect from the sun’s rays. If you’ve got dry to normal/combination skin, go for Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48.00).

Marula Oil

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Marula oil is fairly new and been dubbed the new Argan oil. It’s chock full of antioxidants (up to 60 percent more than in Argan oil) and Omega 6 and 9. It has amazing anti-aging properties that improve skin tone, promote collagen production and hydrate the skin. Since Marula oil is relatively new, there aren’t many products containing it out on the market just yet. But, be sure to check out Marula’s Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58.00) if you have dry/combination skin or Marula’s Pure Marula Facial Lotion ($68.00) if you’re oily.

Coconut Oil

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The most nourishing and hydrating moisturizer for winter is coconut oil—hands down. It’s a fantastic body moisturizer for women of all skin types. “I recommend coconut oil to almost everybody,” Spector says. “It’s so moisturizing and what sets it apart from other kinds of oils is that is has some wonderful antibacterial properties.” That means for acne sufferers, coconut oil can be your savior. One hundred percent pure coconut oil can be found at your local supermarket and is best for people that don’t easily break out because its pure form is very strong. The average woman should try products that already contain coconut oil or coconut water, like Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut Soufflé Body Crème ($60.00).

Rose Oil

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Rose oil is known to be exceptionally soothing and its calming scent has even been credited as an antidepressant. Spector recommends Mario Badescu Skincare’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater ($7.00). “You can use it as a setting spray after you finish your makeup and it will add some hydration and help your makeup last all day,” she says. Laura Mercier also came out with a rose oil-based Nourishing Crème ($68.00) and Nourishing Oil ($62.00) called Infusion de Rose, Goldberg adds.

Olive Oil

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Olive oil makes a great moisturizer, but unlike other oils, this one has a slightly thicker, heavier texture. So, you’re better off using it to moisturize your body rather than your face. “In the winter, it’s awesome for scaly knees and rough elbows,” Spector says. You can also use olive oil as a shaving cream to get a super tight shave against the skin. Origins sells an olive olive-based cleanser called Clean Energy ($29.00), which can be used as a fantastic makeup remover. “It can get through your makeup, especially with your oil-based makeup, says Goldberg. “If you have oily skin, it’s really good because it’s not overly drying and breaks down all that oil on the surface.”

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