It’s no mystery why oils have become a beauty editor favorite—from cleansing oils to hair oils to body oils, the benefits of these natural products are taking the industry by storm. Sure, the word oil can make you a little nervous (especially when you think about applying it to your face!), but they're great for all skin types—even if you're prone to oily skin or your scalp feels greasy quickly. Oil is actually your best bet when it comes to keep your skin's natural oil production at bay, and they're packed with tons of vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and improve your skin. Check out five ways to incorporate them into your beauty routine, below!
Cleansing Oil: boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil, $28, boscia.com
A good cleansing oil will cut down on your nighttime skin routine by half—skip the makeup remover, because cleansing oils will both remove makeup and clean your skin, all in one step. The best part is, when you're finished, your skin won't feel tight or dried out after washing; instead, you'll be left with a hydrated, supple complexion.
Face Oil: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $50, fresh.com
After you’ve done your daily skincare routine, set aside your moisturizer for today and pick up a bottle of facial oil! Basically, it’s a bottle filled with natural oils to help your skin stay silky and smooth. Depending on the formula you use, it plumps the skin, removes deep wrinkles and absorbs right away. Cream moisturizers usually contain a tiny bit of oil, but not enough to fully absorb into your skin and prevent water loss throughout the day. These kinds of oils also prevent skin irritation caused by harsh ingredients you might find in some of your other beauty products.
Hair Oil: Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, $48, josiemarancosmetics.com
It may seem counter-intuitive to put more oil into your hair when the point of washing it is to clean it of grease. But a good hair oil can serve as a styling cream, frizz tamer, shine spray and leave-in conditioner all in one. A little will go a long way, and avoid getting too much of it onto your scalp... otherwise you might actually need another shower sooner than you think.
Body Oil: The Body Shop Sensual Massage Oil, $18, thebodyshop.com
You’ve probably mostly seen body oils used for massages, but never as daily products for anyone. But think about it—the oils used for massages are used because they sink into the skin so well, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. Your skin will thank you after you rub a dollop of this all over your body. No matter what the season is, your skin is constantly asking for hydration, so make it happy with body oils. Bonus points: Body oils have benefits for your mood too! Feeling bummed out because finals are draining you completely? Rub some rosemary-fragranced oil on your skin for alertness before studying or a test, then some jasmine-scented oil later to help you relax.
Bath Oil: Burt’s Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath and Body Oil, $8, burtsbees.com
Need some extra R&R? Keep a look out for body oils that can be used in the bath, too. They won't get all sudsy like your traditional bubble bath will, but the oils’ aromas and smooth texture will have you stepping out of the tub with super soft skin.
If you're looking for a new beauty product that can provide your skin with total hydration this winter, take a chance with beauty oils to keep your skin glowing all season long!