When the beauty oil trend first took off, I think we were all a little wary. After all, we had spent most of our formative years trying to avoid oiliness at all costs. But when I finally took the plunge and tried it for the first time (“it” being a sample of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil that the Sephora sample lady assured me would be life-changing), I fell in love. Since then I’ve come around to beauty oil in all its forms–for hair, face and body–and I haven’t looked back since. These are some of the best I’ve encountered:
Josie Maran Argan Oil is the product that initially won me over, and a great place to start for those unfamiliar with beauty oil. Loaded with Vitamin E and a variety of essential fatty acids, it’s all-purpose in the most wonderful way–it works equally well as a facial moisturizer, a split end smoother, a cuticle softener, or a spot treatment for dry skin. In addition to its formidable hydrating powers, this oil imparts a lovely glow and leaves your skin insanely soft. If you’re reluctant to put straight oil on your face, add a drop to your current moisturizer to give it an added boost, and see what you think!
Of all the permutations of beauty oil, the one that I never hesitated to try was body oil; in my mind, there is no beauty ritual more decadent than smoothing on body oil after a shower. Caudalie Divine Oil is my favorite, and it smells just as luxurious as it feels. It contains hibiscus, grapeseed, sesame and argan oils, and it’s a dry oil, so it leaves behind zero greasy residue…just soft, nourished, radiant skin.
At the other end of the spectrum is cleansing oil, which admittedly I found perplexing at first. I understood oil as a moisturizer, but how could it possibly work as a cleanser? It made no earthly sense. But I’m not one to shy away from trying new things (when those new things come from a beauty counter), and I was determined to find out. Emboldened by my love of the AmorePacific brand, I decided to give their Treatment Cleansing Oil a try. It is, in a word, transformative. Evidently, the cleansing oil binds to other oils (whether it’s naturally produced excess oil or residue from makeup), and when you rinse it off, it takes dirt and other impurities with it. But unlike many other cleansers, it won’t dry your skin or affect your pH levels, so your skin doesn’t try to compensate by producing any extra oil. While your face won’t feel as squeaky-clean as with some other cleansers, the next-day benefits are more than worth it. It’s hydrating enough that you don’t really need any additional moisturizer, and it leaves your skin feeling softer than a kitten wearing a tiny cashmere sweater (i.e. so soft you will literally squeal with delight).
Last on my wonder list are a couple of amazing hair oils. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil is the best for styling; a few drops before blow drying will smooth hair and provide heat protection, while adding a little bit to dry hair reduces flyaways and gives your tresses incredible shine. Kérastase Elixir Ultime, on the other hand, is a game-changing deep conditioner. A pump or two of this worked through wet hair not only strengthens your strands, but imparts extravagant silkiness and shine. It also smells like paradise in a bottle; one whiff and I’m instantly transported to the shores of some luxurious beach resort…somewhere in the French West Indies, perhaps?
Are you a fan of beauty oil? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?