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Using Oils on the Face Is Actually a Good Idea

Here's Why Slathering Oil on Your Face Is a Good Idea

After recently experiencing a Marie Veronique Organics facial at the Spa Solage in Calistoga, CA, I became an oil-on-the-face convert. Even though various oils were massaged over my face and body throughout the 50-minute long service, I left with soft, grease- and pimple-free skin.

While slathering a fatty, viscous substance on the face might seem counterintuitive, it can actually be rather beneficial. "The reason is, the top layer of our skin, our stratum corneum, is our environmental protection barrier. That is made up of lipids — that is oils," says Marie Veronique Nadeau, creator of her namesake line. "It's kind of like the roof on a building. And if lipids are depleted by sun exposure, by wind, by climate, or age, they need replenishment," she adds.

To get your oil on, Marie has several oil blends ($70 to $80) available, but if you're looking to save a few bucks, keep it simple by using a coconut oil. Customize it by adding good-for-you ingredients like vitamins E and A and omega-3s like flax seed oil.

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et-moi et-moi 6 years
I am a total face oil convert! But I use a brand called Vital Face. It has a mix of essential oils, my skin is acne prone and dry and this stuff did Wonders!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
I have read a few glowing reviews for the Marie Veronique products but have yet to try one. (I know what is going on my xmas list... ;) ) I love using oils to moisturize, especially when the colder temps creep up and begin to wreck havoc on the protective top layer. Particularly argan and evoo. I plan on trying hemp oil soon as I read it is quite helpful in locking in moisture. Melvita has both argan and hemp oils for a good price; cold pressed evoo is easy to get hold of in most stores.
Burkina Burkina 7 years
Jojoba oil is closest to the sebum your body naturall creates. Coconut oil is the only oil that penetrates the skin and hair because of the size of its molecules. One drop of it mixed in with your moisturizer is amazing, even for acne prone skin like mine.
sweetiehanny sweetiehanny 7 years
I've head Jojoba oil is amazing from friends. I'm going to try it.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 7 years
i have tried coconut and it broke me out. However, my skin is sensitive and acne prone. I have used jojoba oil and almond oil with success. I have yet to try grape seed oil but will try that one next.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
The antiaging oil is amazing and smells so good, too. Like MartiniLush said — a little definitely goes a long way.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I am officially obsessed with Marie Veronique Organics skincare! The Anti-Aging Oil is amazing and you don't need to use much at all (although I agree, it is quite expensive!).
andreasharan andreasharan 7 years
With the changing of the season, my face has been SUPER dried out. I have just started using vit E oil on my face where it's been really dry and it's been working really well for me. And no breakouts!!
addictedreader addictedreader 7 years
coconut and jojoba break me out but sweet almond is amazing for face or body use and it's pretty reasonable in price. you can even grab a bottle on from the grocery store and multitask (helpful if you wouldn't finish a whole bottle in a reasonable amount of time, like oily skin or something) aura casia is a good inexpensive brand
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
80 bucks for 1 ounce of oil? wow.
Ms-Devi Ms-Devi 7 years
Coconut oil is highly comedogenic and would ruin my skin on my face. That's not a great recommendation for keeping it simple. The most basic, skin friendly oil is supposed to be jojoba, but I like grapeseed for oily, breakout-prone skin. Unrefined coconut oil can be good for the body.
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