A new beauty trend that seems to have taken over the skincare industry is beauty oil. There are several on the market right now and they have a lot of you asking – What is it? What does it do? What results will I get? Should I be using one?
Before jumping on the beauty oil bandwagon, there are a few things I feel I should clarify about beauty oils.
- Patch Test – Before using any new product, it is always recommended that you do a patch test to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Pregnant women should always refer to their doctor for guidance in using oils, especially anything containing essential oils. The inside of your arm is a good place to do a patch test. Wait 24 hours to see if there are any changes in the area the product was applied in. If there are no changes, then there should not be an issue with using the product.
- Cleansing? – Some beauty oils are meant for oil cleansing instead of being left on the skin as part of a hydrating routine. Now your first reaction if you have oily or acne prone skin is to stay far away from oil. However, oil cleansers actually use oil against itself. “When you put oil and oil together, they bind to each other,” says Jeannette Graf, M.D., a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. “The oil in the skin attaches to the oil in the cleanser, and then you rinse both of them off, resulting in effective deep-pore cleansing.” Oil cleansers also bind to makeup and dirt, making them useful for any skin type. So your skin is left clean, but not parched and stripped like traditional cleansers that use chemicals and surfactants to wash makeup, dirt and oil away. One to try is Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil. $25, nordstrom.com
- Lubricant – While some oils do have humectant properties, oil by itself is not a moisturizer, it’s a lubricant. Oils should not replace your moisturizer, but, instead, should compliment the results of your moisturizer.
- Follow Directions – For best results with oils, follow the manufacturer instructions for usage and how to use.
With all of this being said, let’s take a look at a few of the beauty oils currently on the market, their ingredients, and what results are promised.
- Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil ($46, 1.7 oz, tartecosmetics.com) – Maracuja Oil contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to instantly hydrate sensitive, dry, and acne prone skin, leaving skin even toned and smooth without a greasy feel. This oil is a hydrating treatment known for its anti-aging and healing properties for firmer, brighter, and smoother looking skin, and will not cause breakouts. Product Performance: Essential fatty acids repair and rebuild skin, and promote skin recovery by reducing redness, irritation, and inflammation. Vitamin C brightens dull skin for a radiant, dewy, and luminous complexion. Added bonus – contains only pure maracuja oil, no fillers. Ingredients: Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil
- Nude Skincare ProGenius treatment oil ($78, 30ml, nudeskincare.com) – Rich in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this pure and active oil provides a precisely balanced diet for the skin. Oil instantly absorbs for deep skin cell nourishment and the natural radiance of young, healthy skin. Product Performance: Omega 3 is the healing fat of the skin. Omega 7 provides wound healing benefits and Omega 9 is high in polyphenols (anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory). However, too much Omega 6 can make your skin red, puffy and cause breakouts as it is pro-inflammatory, so be careful with this one. It also contains a few unnecessary ingredients (like alcohol & BHT), which for $78 it should be just a pure oil combination. Ingredients: Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Grapeseed Glycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, BHT, Ci 75120 (Annatto)
- Fresh Beauty Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($50, 1.6oz, sephora.com) – This oil is a blend of pure oils—seaberry (seabuckthorn), cranberry seed, camellia seed, grape seed, and sweet almond. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture, while vitamin E works to maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. This powerful antioxidant protects the skin from aging free radicals. Product Performance: Very unique smell (not very pleasant) and yet I see there is fragrance added to the product (thumbs down). It is rich in Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, so may not be good for active acne or acne prone skin (Omega 6). Seems to be more for anti-aging and more mature skin types. Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Fragrance, BHT, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol.
- Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($48, 1.7oz, josiemarancosmetics.com) – Even though this is the lighter version of their popular Argan Oil, it doesn’t contain any filler oils, synthetic fragrances or parabens. Has a very lightweight texture and can even be used as a primer before foundation. Product Performance: Scent is very natural to the product and the lightweight feel is amazing. Would highly recommend for anyone that is on the oilier side, especially since with continuous use, Argan Oil can help to decrease sebum (oil) production. Added Bonus – Another product that contains pure oil, no fillers or additives. Ingredients: Argan Isostearylic Esters (which is 100% all natural)
Bottom line, oils can definitely provide a range of skincare benefits with appropriate and consistent use. Read the ingredients and double check for anything unnecessary (as with any skincare products) such as added fragrance, perfume, and chemical dyes. All of these are common skin irritants and should not be in your skincare products. However, they are not meant to replace skin moisturizers, so think of them more as an additional bonus in your skincare routine.