Whenever I mention that I use beauty oils I usually get one of two reactions: “OMG I love oils!” or “GROSS! Won’t that make you break out?”
For some reason, those little bottles of liquid gold seem to provoke strong opinions from beauty lovers and novices alike.
Me? I’m firmly in the oil lover camp. Why? Because they’re goddamn miracle workers, that’s why.
So many people are hesitant to try facial or body oils and to be honest, I feel quite sorry for the magic little mixtures. What did they ever do to you except try to help you achieve your beauty goals? Yes, oil clogged your skin as a teen… Yes, you cleanse to REMOVE oil from your skin… And YES, eating oily foods won’t do your complexion any favours. But pipe down, I’m not talking about those oils. I’m talking about the ones specially formulated to fix and hydrate your face.
But it’s not enough to open the pantry and slather on any old product you find in there (although there are benefits to olive oil, but we’ll get to that). You gotta do your research to find out which ones do what to really get the most out of them. And you have to go easy on them, lest you look like you’ve faceplanted the deep fryer.
Here’s everything you need to know about different oils… and some other stuff you don’t need to know that’s really cool anyway.
1. Argan oil
Hipsters and health nuts are always banging on about the benefits of superfoods and TBH I normally tune out, but when it comes to skincare, I’m all ears.
Argan oil is a superfood for your face. It’s full of anti-aging antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It might seem counterintuitive, but argan is actually brilliant for oily skin because it controls your oil production.
Josie Moran is all about the argan so you can pick up pretty much any product in her range for a boost of this super product (available at Mecca Maxima).
2. Rosehip oil
OK so you might have slipped up and accidentally picked that pimple… or pimples. FINE, so you went rogue and scratched the heck out of your face and now you have pigmentation scars. Or maybe you suffer from hyper-pigmentation, or eczema. You need rosehip oil in your life, like yesterday.
Rosehip contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.
Try Natio Organic Rosehip Oil ($19.95).
3. Jojoba oil
Some oils don’t totally penetrate the skin, so although it can feel like your face is all smooth and velvety, it’s only reaching the top layer.
Jojoba is a different, tricksy little formula. It acts like sebum, your skin’s natural oil, so that your face is like, “Oh hey, old friend! I’mma keep my pores open so you can do your thing!” What does this mean? Basically that the oil can get much deeper into the skin to deposit its healing vitamins A, D and E.
Try The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba ($19.95).
4. Teatree oil
Whiteheads and blackheads, begone!
Teatree oil is an antibacterial wonder mix that dries out pimples and has soothing properties. But make sure you don’t accidentally eat any because it can cause confusion, dizziness, inability to walk, rash and coma. But it’s still really good for external use, I promise!
Try The Body Shop Teatree Oil ($9.95).
5. Grapeseed oil
Who would have thought the humble grape would contain such a wonder oil?
This product is non-comedogenic, which is basically a technical science-y word that means it won’t clog pores. There are so many benefits to this baby: it reduces scars, restores collagen, treats acne, fights aging, moisturises, tightens skin and even helps get rid of the dreaded dark circles under your peepers.
What CAN’T it do? Well, it can’t make you look like Miranda Kerr, but it’s still a pretty good deal.
Try Caudalie Divine Oil ($32).
6. Olive oil
Yes, the stuff in your pantry. I’ve heard stories of women in Italy bathing in the stuff to keep their skin supple, but to be honest I’ve never been game to use it.
Experts say this is for those with very dry skin, and only if it says “first cold press” on the bottle, because that means antioxidants. Olive oil is also rich in stuff like polyphenols and squalene, which I’m pretty sure is techno-speak for “does good things for very dry skin”.
Just don’t wear it outside in the sun, or you might fry your face. Literally.
Not game to slap on the stuff from the cooking aisle? Try The Body Shop Olive Beautifying Oil ($19.95).
7. Avocado oil
People are always rabbiting on about how avocado is a healthy fat, and same goes when using it on your skin.
The vitamin E fatty acids smooths out fine lines and acts as an antioxidant. This is another oil that penetrates deeper into the skin and acts as a humectant moisture keeper-inner. Coconut oil might be zeitgesty at the moment, but avocado oils is a much better moisturiser — it just doesn’t toot its own horn as much.
Try Sunday Riley’s Luna Oil ($158), rich in avocado, chia and grapeseed oils for a smoother, firmer, more glowing complexion, and a touch of retinol and blue tansy to fight wrinkles, pimples, and damaged skin.
Have serious cash to splash and looking for the mother of all oils? Get your mitts on the cult product of 2016, Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil. It’s $254 (yes, I’ll wait while you choke on your mimosa) but hear me out: it’s THE BUSINESS.
It was developed by the seemingly ageless supermodel legend Linda Rodin and features a blend of 11 different oils including rosehip, argan, and jojoba, so it fixes ALL THE THINGS. Plus it smells like heaven wrapped up in rainbows resting in a field of endless flowers.
For serious lovers of skincare, beauty and all things luxe only.
Have we changed your mind about oils? Let us know in the comments below!