How the hottest oils on the market right now can deliver your best-looking hair and skin.
If you’re like us, you’re already obsessed with tea tree oil (it’s Meghan Markle’s go-to, after all). Essential oils not only smell amazing, but they can also work wonders for your complexion—especially since simply washing your face can strip your skin of its natural protective barrier.
“If you put an oil in your cleanser, you’re trying to replace what you’re removing when you’re sudsing up,” says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto-based dermatologist and founder of the Bay Dermatology Centre. She recommends starting with essential oil-based cleansers and working your way up from there, because the fragrance can be irritating if you have sensitive skin (Dr. Skotnicki specializes in skin allergies). And make sure to test the product on the back of your hand before applying it to your face.
Looking to expand your essential oil arsenal? Here are the best picks to add to your beauty routine as winter approaches.
This firming oil is derived from the seeds of the maracuja fruit, which is full of fatty acids and vitamin C. Tarte Cosmetics recently released a whole collection devoted to this oil, and we’re currently obsessed with the Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment. The lightweight formula will leave your under-eyes plump and nourished, even if you’re running on three hours of sleep.
Sunflower Seed Oil
We love sunflower seeds sprinkled on our salad as much as the next girl, but we’re also obsessed with putting them in our hair. Hear us out, okay? Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak is loaded with sunflower seed oil, which is amazing for colour treated hair. It keeps your colour radiant and your hair detangled and free of frizz. Really.
If you have sensitive skin, Tatcha’s Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is loaded with Japanese camellia oil, which is gentle enough to remove waterproof makeup, but is also highly moisturizing and helps fight the signs of aging. It’s the perfect first step in your nighttime skincare routine.
Want baby-soft skin that glows sans highlighter? Rosehip fruit oil is your answer. This hydrating oil can be found in OleHenriksen’s Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, and it’s the answer for a radiant, youthful complexion. We’ll take two, please!
Turns out, pomegranate seeds not only taste delish, they can totally transform your visage, too. Pomegranate oil is rich in antioxidants, plus it’s anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. It’s basically the holy grail of essential oils, and you can find it in Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s all-natural Pomegranate Day Cream.
Almond Oil and Squalane Oil
Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask will be your new cold weather go-to. This luxe face mask is not only packed with hydrating almond oil, it’s chock-full with another nutrient-rich juice: squalane oil, which helps to lock in moisture. Both ingredients also promote skin elasticity and reduce the look of wrinkles.
See ya, stress! This calming oil smells absolutely divine, and it helps to balance, hydrate and soothe your skin, too. Saje’s Lavender Relaxing Mist is perfect for spritzing on your pillow to help you catch some Zs, or on your face to instantly quench a dull, dry complexion.