Oil has gotten a bad rap when it comes to beauty. Women don’t aspire to oily hair. Oily skin gets blamed for blemishes. Even suntan oil has lost popularity, bringing to mind leatherskinned ladies who value skin color over skin health. But the truth is that oil may be just what’s missing from your beauty routine.
So says supermodel Miranda Kerr, who swears by rosehip oil, saying, ‘I put it on at night and I wake up glowing.’ And Emma Stone calls upon grapeseed oil every night, telling Style.com that she puts it on her face post-shower to keep her alabaster skin flawless.
I’ve also become a believer of late, and have rounded up the top three ways to incorporate oil into your grooming routine.
A trio of oils cleans skin
Dermalogica’s Precleanse is a deepcleansing oil that first warmed me to the idea that oil could truly benefit skin, even oily skin like mine.
The olive, kukui and apricot oils in Precleanse melt away sebum, sunscreen and even waterproof makeup. It’s so gentle, I even use it around my eyes because it effortlessly washes away waterproof makeup. Plus, thanks to the essential fatty acids in key oil ingredients, Precleanse nourishes skin, leaving it ultra clean and hydrated, but not even the slightest bit ‘oily.’ Get it for $37 for 5.1 ounces at Dermalogica skin care retailers or dermalogica.com.
A leg up with coconut oil
Coconut oil is ideal for a host of grooming purposes because it improves the moisture and lipid content of skin. Loyalists swear by coconut oil for everything from conditioning hair to removing makeup, but I’ve found the best use for coconut oil, hands down, is shaving. Purchase unrefined organic coconut oil if possible (it’s sold at most grocery stores) and simply apply it to wet legs in the shower. Massage the oil into the skin to create an emulsion and shave as usual. You’ll be left with the softest, smoothest legs, no razor bumps and the benefit of reminding your significant other of a cool piña colada on a hot beach.
Lavender oil banishes blemishes
Using oil to combat oil shouldn’t seem crazy; after all, we’ve been told to ‘fight fire with fire.’ But somehow those of us with oily skin seem to want to dry it out rather than slick it up.
Enter Kerstin Florian’s Clarifying Lavender Oil, a skin treatment ideal for problem and acne-prone skin thanks to a 3 percent essential lavender oil concentration. Lavender oil is incredibly effective at nourishing, healing and detoxifying skin while supporting cell regeneration. Sold in a tiny half-ounce bottle for $36 at upscale resort and day spas, just a dab of this skin-saving oil each night treats problem skin effectively (and smells amazing.) So while you may go to bed a skeptic, when it comes to the benefits of incorporating oils into your beauty routine, you’ll no doubt wake up an even more beautiful believer.
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This story originally published in Carolyn’s Tampa Bay Times column here.