It’s December, and if you’re anything like me, your skin is dry AF. Whether you’re dealing with snow and central heating, or dry heat and Santa Ana winds (like we are here in LA) – your skin doesn’t like it, and it shows. Flakey dry patches, redness, and a generally tight/dull feeling are what tend to pop up for me. As someone who has struggled with adult acne on and off throughout my 20’s, the idea of using oil on my face used to sound like a breakout waiting to happen, until I finally tried it.
During my teen years and early 20s, I couldn’t comprehend outside the realm of acne products when it came to skincare. I’d always go for oil-free cleansers moisturizers – most likely with some sort of antibacterial chemical like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Little did I know, those products were actually drying out my skin, causing me to breakout MORE. Ironically enough, once I simplified my skincare routine and focused less on getting rid of acne, it went away on its own. I had no idea that what my skin really needed, was major hydration. When your skin is too dry, it overproduces oil, which then leads to more acne. It seems counterintuitive, I know. But if you think about it, it’s exactly the same reason you’re not supposed to wash your hair everyday, to prevent over-oily, damaged hair.
Now, obviously everyone’s skin is different, but in the winter months we could all go for some extra moisture, right? Enter – face oils. They’re hydrating, nourishing, and there are different ones for every possible need and price range. Here are some of my favorite kinds and what they do…
Rosehip Oil: I’ve been using this Teddie Organics Rosehip oil to massage my face a couple times a week – which sounds weird, but is amazing for plumping up your skin and smoothing out fine lines. The facial massage, coupled with dark-spot fading powers of rosehip oil gives you a bright, glowy look that gives life to your face in winter. My skin feels much less dull using this!
Camellia Oil: Want that glowy, can’t-tell-how-old-you-are glow that Japanese women often seem to have? Turns out it’s not just killer DNA, but also camellia oil, which is a beauty secret weapon in Japan. Amazing for anti-aging, super hydrating – I love this Amaki Japanese Tsubaki from Amazon, which is super affordable too.
Jojoba Oil: This Pro-Collagen Marine Oil from Elemis has been one of my favorites lately – it has a mixture of seaweed, jojoba oil and other yummy ingredients that not only smell amazing, but helps control oil production and has really balanced my skin out. I like to layer this under moisturizer, like a serum.
Multipurpose: I love using this Whyld Skincare Youth Activating Elixir when I’m feeling super dry – it has a mix of heavy-hitter oils like marula, rose, chia, and watermelon (yum). As you can imagine from those ingredients, it smells amazing, and it has a little of everything – from hydration to anti-aging.
Cream-Oil: This Elemis Night Recovery Cream-Oil is my new obsession. I’ve only seen one or two other cream-oil combos out there, but I’m hooked. By Elemis’ own description, it has the hydration of a moisturizing cream and the protection of an oil. My skin literally drinks this stuff up, and it’s the best smelling moisturizer I’ve ever used.