When I was in my youthful teens I encountered more than my fair share of breakouts. I scrubbed like a madwoman, smeared cream all over my face and blasted myself with acids to try and get perfect skin. Now that I am in a more mature phase of life, my skin has luckily evened out and I have taken away some lessons from my earlier regimen. All those scrubs, peels and creams tend to dry out the skin and make matters even worse. I have now completely converted to using oils.
The discovery of oils has led me to lube up almost every part of my skin and hair regime and I have never been happier. These products help to lock in moisture to the face and body, which makes it less likely that your skin will have to overproduce oil and thus cause a blemish or two. And I know what you are thinking, she must be a shiny mess, but I am not I promise. Below are a few highlights from my oily new lifestyle.
This Olio Lusso face oil changed my life. I got a sample at Barneys after reading every single person on Into the Gloss espouse it’s merits. This might be the greatest beauty PR blitz known to man but I like to think that its just that good. Its a mixture of 13 essential oils and smells amazing. A little goes a long way – my sample lasted me 2 months after which I just had to break down and buy it. Simply dab 2-3 drops on your hands, then massage into a clean dry face. Hydration central!
A yogi friend of mine is a devotee of the all natural beauty blog No more Dirty Looks and turned me onto using coconut oil. She told me to use it on the ends of my hair, to remove makeup with it, and as a general all purpose body moisturizer. You can even fry up some Malaysian delicacies if you have time, it is truly all purpose! I tend to use it as a body moisturizer and makeup remover, just mix a little in your hands and the hard waxy substance instantly melts into a light and refreshing oil. The smell is not overpowering and it really does lock in moisture for a long time. I bought a jar at Whole Foods and have never looked back.
Ahhh Fresh products. The smell of this Brown Sugar Body Scrub is intoxicating and it leaves a wonderfully moisturizing oily residue. I guess the phrase oily residue doesn’t sound appealing, but trust me this is a delight. I tend to use this in the winter when my skin is extra dry. One word of caution – this makes the shower extra slippery, so watch out!
At this point Moroccan Oil is somewhat of a cliched recommendation (or I guess as much as an overpriced hair oil can be considered cliche…whatever) but I really do love it. Again, a little goes a very long way and the smell is very earthy without being patchouli-esque. I have a little bottle of this stuff and probably restock every 6 months. I like using this all over my hair when it is air drying, and on the ends every few days between washes to keep my ‘do looking smooth. It is a great investment and the perfect end to an oil filled beauty routine.