All about Oils

Before I educated myself, it had seemed counter-intuitive to me to slather on moisturizers when I already had a shiny t-zone. Now I know that I had been exacerbating oil production by effectively drying out my skin, but that’s all in the past.

Currently, I can’t get enough of moisture. Nothing renders a youthful glow like the dewiness of freshly hydrated skin. And if we’re going to do it right, we might as well tap it at the source and reach for the pure stuff: oils.

My first venture into oils started with cleansing oils, which are a 5-second miracle for getting everything off. Basically, you massage the oil onto your dry skin and eyes then rinse everything off with water. The oil breaks down all the oils in your makeup for a much more effective cleanse without any tugging.

The MAC Cleanse Off Oil is a nice option for those who don’t wear too much makeup. Plus you can save your empty bottle for Back to MAC. However, I found that it doesn’t take off waterproof makeup as well as my Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, which also has a refreshing scent. Give it a try to ease into the trending Korean skincare market.

Concentrated oils like the Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil are extremely versatile. Massage into the skin solo, mix them up with a serum or moisturizer, or even apply to the ends of your hair. Think of these as glow-enhancing products, giving you that revitalizing boost of anti-aging moisture.

Exclusively for hair, the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum is my workhorse. Firstly, the jasmine scent is so potent you won’t need perfume. The texture is not greasy at all and absorbs quickly, and since it’s oil you only need a few drops. I apply before using heat tools for a layer of protection and shine.

How do you incorporate oils into your beauty routine?

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  • MizzJ
    April 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I love using cleansing oils and they're my go to now instead of regular makeup removers. L'occitane makes a lovely cleansing oil and Mario Badescu has great moisturizing facial oils!

    • crystalstylish
      April 20, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Hi MizzJ, thanks for the recs! I'm the same now. I can't remember the last time I used a normal makeup remover since cleansing oils do the job so much better!