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3 Facial Oils I Love

Lately, I have been moisturizing my face with botanical oils. While this may seem strange to many people, this is a centuries-old practice from ancient Rome that is actually beneficial to the skin—and it’s becoming popular once again.

Despite the misconception that oils cause breakouts, facial oils actually reduce sebum production (oil production), cutting down on oily complexions by “tricking” your skin into thinking it already has enough. Plus, many botanical oils are naturally enriched with skin-benefiting properties. To use, massage a few drops of your oil into your face, giving the oil plenty of time to absorb into your skin before going to bed (about 30 minutes). Try oils like jojoba, Argan, coconut, squalane—and even olive—by themselves, or buy facial oil blends from a natural beauty company you trust. Here are a few of my favorite facial oils right now.

Please leave me a comment to let me know if you are following the facial oil trend and which facial oils you recommend. I'd love to consider it for a future natural beauty review.

Rosehip Facial Oil Serum 

Deep Rosehip Facial Oil Serum by Aura Cacia, $20

I love how this rosehip-infused serum feels on my skin. Rosehip oil naturally hydrates the skin and has a fresh floral scent that makes it a wonderful addition to my morning beauty routine. Massage a few drops of this serum into your skin for a dewy glow, and let it absorb into your skin (10 to 20 minutes) before putting on your makeup for the day. Rosehip oil is loaded with omega 6 (an essential fatty acid also known as linoleic acid), and offers natural anti-aging benefits, helping to reduce fine lines and inflammation. This blend from Aura Cacia is also loaded with vitamin E, which is a great skin nutrient.

Derma E Soothing Facial Oil 

Soothing Facial Treatment Oil by derma e, $24

This facial blend, which is enriched with Argan oil and kukui oil—two timeless skin favorites—is a great moisturizer for sensitive skin. Argan oil, a rare oil found in Morocco, is an antioxidant that helps soften dry skin and reduce skin imperfections. Kukui oil, which can be found in Hawaii and some areas of Polynesia, is loaded with essential fatty acids that help it naturally soothe and soften skin. This facial treatment from derma e was a big help during the final months of winter. Use it to soothe and hydrate dry skin.

Squalane Oil 

Squalane Facial Oil by Indie Lee, $32

While most squalane oil was originally obtained from shark livers—and sometimes it still is—this Indie Lee oil is derived from olives. Squalane oil is an antioxidant-rich moisturizer that helps treat sun-damaged skin, promotes skin elasticity and helps diminish age spots. Although this is the most expensive pick on my list, this product from Indie Lee is 100 percent pure, olive-derived squalane oil. Plus, a few drops from this little bottle go a long way. I love how light the oil feels on my skin—it absorbs into my skin fairly quickly and doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. Just massage a few drops of this oil onto your face at night to benefit from this ancient skin aid.

Gina DeBackerGina DeBacker is the assistant editor at Mother Earth Living. She loves that part of her job entails testing beauty products enriched with natural ingredients.

5/28/2014 7:31:41 AM

I have an oil product I think you will love. It's a deep cleansing olive oil that is water soluble. Here's the link It is a lightly scented oil that you apply to your face and massage in. Splash with water and it easily rinses away. Sounds impossible but it's true. You feel like a mask of grime has melted away and your skin is so soft and refreshed you don't want to put makeup back on! I was really skeptical but received a sample and gave it a try. One application and I was online with my credit card! You really should try this out, it's like getting two uses from one product.

3/4/2014 8:59:29 AM

I've used various combinations of oils for many years and am 56 without so much as a crows foot so somethings working! For my face: To equal parts of rosehip oil and argan (I mix about 1/2 oz of each)then add a few drops each of carrot seed oil, sea buckthorn oil and 1 drop of rose absolute (this one is simply for the scent and can be left out if cost prohibitive). The initial cost seems more than the price of products in article above, but you'll have the basics for several bottles of the product for future use and you can experiment with what quantities of each you prefer. For extremely dry itchy skin such as legs,arms immediately after showering while skin is still damp Tamanu/avocado oil works well if you can wrap up in a robe for awhile and let them soak in before dressing. If you have the time and access to calendula flowers, make calendula oil by adding dried flowers to olive oil for a healing oil suitable for almost any skin complaint. Calendula oil with a little beeswax melted together makes even babes bottoms heal quickly and gently.

4/30/2013 11:05:25 AM

ChristinaMari71 - I will have to look into that. Thanks for the idea!

karenerwin - I love Tamanu oil! I haven't tried avocado oil yet, but with your recommendation I may just have to. :)

4/25/2013 2:05:03 PM

I started out using a cleansing oil from DHC years ago. Now I like to use the oils for moisturizing and it feels better than putting alot of chemicals on my skin. I am currently using Tamanu oil and Avacado oil. I get these at the local health store but you can also find them online. I would like to try the rose one that you recommended. Thank you for thre information

4/24/2013 1:07:10 PM

I have heard the same thing about sqaulane oil.  Wondering if you have even considered taking shark liver oil (in supplement form - not shark cartilage but only shark liver oil) so it can work from the inside out?  I know the military and police departments take it for a immunity booster, too.

Found an article on the top free paraben products out there and thought you'd be interested.  Thanks! Christina