Oils To Restore Your Skin And Your Faith


Remember when I told you that I was being a total skin care slut awhile back and I had to see Dr. Colbert to get on various and sundry prescription acne blasters to get back to normal? I told you that hope is a dangerous thing (to quote Red of The Shawshank Redemption) when it comes to skin care.  Alas, I need some time off from that emotion. I’ve been off much of the skin care sauce since then, as I’ve been afraid that lots of things would disrupt the delicate balance of my skin. And in that time, I’ve been allowing just one skin care wild card, which has proven to rarely break me out at all: oils. And let me tell you, they’ve restored my faith entirely in the magic of over-the-counter delights. Some are designed specifically for cleansing, but I use all to take off my makeup in addition to hydrating (with the exception of Patyka and DHC, which are solely for cleansing). Take a tour of my favorites, so you can think twice before you give your heart away, to paraphrase a famous philosopher we both know, George Michael. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($85) This new oil blends retinol and ferulic acid, an antioxidant, to eliminate dark spots. The elixir boasts an elegant formula to hydrate and treat the skin, leaving it glowy. Willow bark minimizes the appearance of large pores. Be careful to avoid using on very acne-prone skin, however. Those with dry skin will adore this blend.

Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil ($43) It always seems counterintuitive to oil up an oily surface, but this herb-infused fluid does wonders for skin. It’s light enough not to activate eruptions, yet moisturizes enough even for aging skin. Natural buffs will appreciate the plant essences in the formula.

Elizabeth Grant Vitamin C Face Oil ($45) A gem for sensitive skin, Elizabeth Grant’s formula helps regenerate and Vitamin C is known to neutralize free radicals and even reverse DNA damage. The light, elegant texture makes it a pleasure to apply.

LAFACE Hydrating and Purifying Serum ($140) Do not be fooled–this serum is entirely, squarely in the oils category. The natural blend makes my face feel instantly smoother and softer without clogging my pores.

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil ($20) The lightest of them all, Mario Badescu’s oil iteration is a great summer or “resortwear” oil, as it boasts an almost aqueous quality without sacrificing hydration. It’s a great “trainer oil,” if you will.

Patyka Remarquable Cleansing Oil ($75) An oil that clarifies? Believe it. Excellent for removing SPF and stubborn long-wearing makeup formulas, this natural French blend boasts Vitamin E and prickly pear extract to yield a brighter complexion. Follow up with your regularly scheduled cleanser for facial tabula rasa.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28) Olive oil and Vitamin E are at the core of this cleansing makeup eradicator. A cult classic, its consistency is smoother than a frat boy at a sorority mixer, yet is water soluble.

What do you think, beauties? Are you asking oils to stay? Saying please, please, please, please don’t go away? 

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1 Comment Oils To Restore Your Skin And Your Faith

  1. Jennifer

    I’m always so confused by oils yet I’ve been experimenting. I have Orofluido for my hair which I LOVE. And I just got a sample of an oil for my face from Birchbox (name escapes me). I have been using it at night and love it. I think I’ll be exploring even more now!


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