If you’re into skincare you probably already have a beauty oil in your skin or makeup routine, but if you’re a newbie, navigating facial oils can be a tricky thing. Like any other skincare category, knowing what works best for your skin type or lifestyle is key to picking the right beauty oil. Facial oils have become a staple in my skincare routine and here are the three that I’ve been using regularly.
I received this oil before it’s official launch as part of my Allure Beauty box in February and use it almost every morning. Sunday Riley produces great skincare products and so I was excited to give this one a try. I was especially interested in how this would pair with the C.E.O. 15% Brightening Serum. I had the serum for quite some time, but never actually used it, so I thought if I was ever going to give this a try, now would be the time. After I cleanse, tone and strengthen my skin (links to those products can be found at the end of this post) I use one generous pump of the C.E.O serum and wait a couple of minutes for that to fully absorb. After that I press a few drops of this serum on my skin and wait for the to absorb before going in with my moisturizer and sunscreen. The benefits of this oil is that it combats dark spots, dullness and uneven texture. The two ingredients that help with all of those skin issues is turmeric and vitamin C. Many who suffer from acne swear by this spice because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. Paired with Vitamin C, a proven skin brightening agent this oil claims to brighten and hydrate the skin. On many occasions I have found that after using the oil and applying sunscreen on top, my face stays hydrated without looking greasy for most of the day (I have combo-oily skin).
Price: $40/15ml, $80/30ml
If I am to be completely honest, if you don’t have a daytime and nighttime skincare routine your basically hustling backwards. Nighttime skincare routines are essential if you want skin that is generally problem free. Nighttime is when your skin can take in more nutrients without being subjected to the pollutants that you would encounter when you are out and about during the day. This oil is heavier but absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s packed with 6 essential vitamins (A through F) so it’s basically everything your skin needs in a few drops. I usually this before my night cream or overnight mask and gently press it into my skin. In the morning my face still has a healthy glow, soft to the touch and the overtime it has aided in the overall texture and appearance of my skin.
New to the beauty oil scene is Bliss’ Hydration Salvation Moisturizing Camellia Oil. This is my favorite multi-use oil. I use this alone or mixed with a lightweight moisturizer, but my favorite way to use this is mixed with my foundations. I don’t always mix oils into my foundations but for my matte, full coverage foundations this is now a must for me. Before I go into how I mix this with my foundation, let’s first get into the ingredients and benefits of this oil. First, it is formulated with 10% camellia oil. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Camellia Seed oil, it is a plant derived oil that is full of antioxidants and instantly hydrates. If you have dry skin, then this will probably be a holy grail for you although you should apply it sparingly. Now, back to how I use this oil. While I do love a matte foundation, sometimes they can look a little dry even with my oily skin and will break down within a few hours because my skin will become dehydrated in some areas and then produce more oils – you know how that goes. I’ve found that mixing a couple of drops of this oil with my matte foundations gives my foundation more staying power. It doesn’t interfere with the formula of my foundation and also keeps my skin feeling smooth after makeup removal. For the price, this is a good entry oil if you are trying facial oils for the first time and I highly recommend it.
Price: $22/1.3 fl. oz
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – $9.80/1 fl. oz.
Other products I use in my daytime skincare routine
Bolden Skin Brightening Toner – $19.49/6.7 fl. oz