I love answering your questions on Twitter (you are following me, aren’t you?), but when Pam reached out wondering how to bring some life back into her winter skin, I knew I needed to turn this into a post. I’m a huge fan of using oils and recommend them for every skin type, but selecting the right oil can be a bit tricky. Keep scrolling for five ways to use oils and my top six best face oils for winter skin!
@styleit Hi! Question. If I wanted to get a ton of moisture into some tired skin… hydrating mask? Something else? Wisdom, por favor.
— Pam Lewis (@outsidevoice) December 23, 2014
This time of year, I always turn to oils to add the moisture and bounce back into my skin. I’ve also started quizzing my beauty-obsessed friends about when and where they use oils, and although there’s no “wrong” way to use them, here are the most popular ways to add them into your routine:
- Alone as a moisturizer – great for letting the skin recover from irritation and when you just want to keep it simple.
- Add a drop (or two, or three) to your moisturizer – boosts hydration and great for those whose skin is feeling slightly dry.
- A pre-serum “drink” – possibly the most controversial option, but for me it has been the most effective. After toning, apply oil before your serum + moisturizer + makeup steps.
- To seal in your skincare – after toning + serum + moisturizer, add a layer of oil to make the actives more effective by “sealing in” your products
- If you’re feeling extra adventurous, mix one to two drops into your foundation to for a dewy finish
Sound like something that you want to try out? I don’t blame you! Oils are the fastest and most effective way to quickly boost hydration, but there are so many on the market that selecting the right one can be overwhelming. I picked my top six oils + mini reviews to make shopping easier:
- Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative Facial Oil, $14.99 – By far the most affordable on the list and one of my favorites. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also contains stabilized retinol. A win all the way around!
- Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil, $49.50 – Although this is what I turn to when I want a “simple” oil, this formula is actually anything but. It contains 20 different types of oils, including argan oil and evening primrose, and absorbs quickly.
- Kate Somerville Dilo Oil, $65 – Of all the products on the list, this formula has the best story. This oil is harvested from the dilo nut, which only grows on the windward side of a small island in Fiji. When are we going?
- Sunday Riley Juno Oil, $125 – I had a tough time selecting which of Sunday Riley’s standout oils to recommend, but I settled on Juno, a dry oil that hydrates without the greasy finish. If your budget allows for one of these decadent blends, do it!
- Josie Maran Argan Oil, $48 – A classic and a great entry-level all-purpose oil. I love Josie’s argan oil because it feels a bit “thicker” than some of the oils listed and I feel like it blends a bit easier. I always have a mini bottle on me for any of the dry patches that sprout up throughout the winter.
- Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil, $50 – Another great multi-purpose formula that can be used for your skin, body, and hair. It’s one of the highest quality oils on this list and absorbs quickly and cleanly.
Are you already using an oil? Share your favorites in the comments below!