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Re-Balancing and Rejuvenating Facial Oils, Part I

I can understand why the thought of applying oil directly to your face might seem a little bit scary. After all, we've been told that oil-free products work best to keep your pores clear and to help keep oily skin matte. But try to strike this information from the record for a moment so that you can learn a little bit about a few non-comedogenic facial oils. These nighttime treatments are a great way to help replenish the moisture level of your skin during these dehydrating winter months.

A little while back I talked to you about Darphin's Tangerine Aromatic Care Oil. I've been using it religiously and the stuff is so amazing that I wish I could drink it! Here are a few more facial oils that are suitable for all skin types. While they are especially fab for those of you with dry skin, they won't make oily skin greasier. They work to hydrate the deeper levels of your skin with brilliant results.

Ole Henriksen Black Currant Complexion Oil ($32) helps calm red/irritated skin as well as shield skin from the drying effects of cold weather and wind. It contains vitamin E to moisturize; lemon, cypress and clary sage to energize; and tea tree oil to fight off bacteria that can lead to blemishes.

To use, cleanse and tone skin and then apply a light layer to the face and neck in the evening before bed. Massage into your skin and follow with a lotion of your choice.

For two more re-balancing and rejuvenating facial oils,


Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate ($68.25) is an absorbent facial oil that gets applied in the evening. It works to restore, soften and re-balance your skin as well as deeply moisturize. Make sure that you rub this in well so that none of the yellow color gets onto your pillow. Then simply breathe in to enjoy the wonderful and calming scent.

Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil ($55) is a highly concentrated facial oil that provides intense moisture to help soothe dry, chapped or cracked skin. It is made from a blend of sesame, sweet almond, olive, jojoba, neroli, patchouli, lavender and sandalwood oils as well as Vitamin E which contains healing properties. Use in the evening and follow with a moisturizer.

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shopping42 shopping42 8 years
have not tried oils yet-so my question is do you use them day and night to replace m. creams-???
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
The Ole Henriksen oil looks good for me, and it's not too expensive!
cristina-rueda cristina-rueda 8 years
Vitamin Shoppes sell great vitamin E oil by Natures Gate or Jordan (i think that's the brand). I really hydrates your skin. And this is much less expensive than any moisterizing cream I have ever bought.
emalove emalove 8 years
I use vitamin E oil sometimes, but that's all I've tried. These sound nice.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
decleor makes wonderful facial oils too. i love the neroli and the ylang ylang is really great for oily skin
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 8 years
I love using oils on my skin and hair. I'll use olive oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil on my face (or sometimes a blend). Emu oil is also wonderful and of course vitamin E oil as well. I'll apply it straight to my eyes or on my lips or i'll mix a little in with the other oil. Sometimes I'll add some essential oils as well. Oil treatments also work wonderfully on hair as a pre shampoo treatment. it's really not expensive to buy the pure oils such as jojoba or olive oil (emu oil can get a little pricy though). For a lovely blend, Trader Joe's carries one called Vitamin E oil blend or something like that. It contains a beautiful blend of oils including jojoba, sesame, and vitamin E among others. It's less than $4 for a nice sized bottle too. There's definitely no need to break the bank in order to get the wonderful effects of oils. I really want to try coconut oil. I've heard wonderful things about it.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
I haven't tried oils on my face but I've heard rave comments from my colleagues and friends about DHC skincare Olive Oil for Face. They said it's an awesome product that made dramatic improvements in their faces
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
i use clarins lotus oil at night...its great for anybody with oily or combination skin...makes your face glow in the morning!! also helps with acne blemishes...
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
I might give it a go, as my skin is officially a member of OPEC but still manages to get horrendously dried out and flaky in the cold windy climes in which I dwell... the Bobbi Brown one looks quite nice.
wren1 wren1 8 years
My skin is becoming drier every year. Maybe I'll try the Ole Henriksen since it's the least expensive. Thanks!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
The only oil I use on my face is emu oil.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 8 years
Oh, I'm so glad you posted this. Since I got back to California after my vacation, my skin has been extremely dry, so I was just trying to figure out what I should do.
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