When the rabid trend for beauty oils began, I donned my usual skeptical expression (one eyebrow cocked in a way that I like to think makes me look both shrewd and brilliant, but will probably just result in uneven wrinkles when I’m
40 80). Oil? On my face? On purpose? But little by little, I’ve weakened, and they’ve started creeping into my daily beauty routine. Finally, I looked around my bathroom yesterday and realized I’ve become an oil addict.
Why, you ask? The beauty of beauty oils is a multi-faceted thing. They feel luxurious to use, like I’m Elizabeth Taylor or something. On a practical note, they seem more soothing to my skin, more natural than applying creams and gels and tonics. It feels closer to what my skin would actually want, if it could ask. Also, they’re a relative bargain – a very little bit of oil goes a very long way.
With that, a few of the oils I can’t get enough of these days:
Cleansing oils: Though it seems counter-intuitive, oil-based cleansers are my new secret weapon for removing makeup and general daily grime. Generally speaking, you put the oil on dry, then add water and massage – the good ones turn into a milky semi-lather that then rinses away beautifully. But instead of leaving your skin all dry and taut like your usual cleanser, it leaves this nice, warm hint of moisture. Not at all greasy, just a perfect starting point for your evening serum and moisturizer. My favorites? Bobbi Brown (supersize bottle on supersale here) and Eve Lom, and this really just comes down to texture and use. Bobbi’s is more down-to-earth and straightforward, whereas Eve’s is more of an involved, luxurious process. Both are excellent.
Hair oils: This is the oil you’re most likely to be already using. They work wonder for dry, tired locks…but only if used sparingly. A few drops too many, and you’ll go from sleek to stringy. Strictly speaking, my pick for this category – Agave Hair Oil – is actually oil combined with silicone. But honestly, I’m not sure I care what’s in it – this potion has absolutely transformed my hair. It’s the hair I had 10 years ago, before it got all old and grouchy. The trade-off? I no longer get that third day out of a style before I have to wash it. Still, totally and completely worth it.
Body oils: Remember what I was saying about feeling like Elizabeth Taylor? It’s never more true than when I’m daubing out a dash of some luxurious body oil – the exotic fragrance, the way the oil warms on contact with your skin, and soaks in so much more elegantly than a schmear of lotion. (These are best applied fresh from the shower, in case you were wondering.) Counter-intuitive though it seems, I find oils soak in more quickly than lotion, meaning less pacing the room, waiting for your legs to dry so you can put on your pants. I’m quite enamored with both Clarins Huile Tonic – rich and highly-moisturizing, with a strong, herbaceous fragrance – and REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto oil, which is lighter and more mild, and smells almost nothing like rose. Both have banished the Lubriderm from my bathroom…possibly forever.
I haven’t found a perfect facial oil yet, so the testing continues. But in the meantime, what do you think…have you already been trying beauty oils? And if not, have I convinced you?