Face Oil 101: gnarls?

Liquid gold. If only my budget loved you as much as I do.

Using face oil takes some getting used to. Rubbing oil on my face went against all of my preconceived notions about breakouts. Seemed weird and wrong.

But since I “have” to try everything (stupid compulsion), I gave it a whirl. Verdict? Loved it the first day and still love it. I use it as a “serum” of sorts and then put my Decleor face balm over it. Magic!

You know when you wake up in the am and need to chug some serious H2O? I get the same satisfaction from putting oil my face right when I get up.

I’ve tried 4 out of these 5 oils and you’ll be surprised by which one I like the best (or maybe not):

  • Sunday Riley’s Juno Transformative Lipid Serum: If only you didn’t break the bank, I’d use you forever. Plus you’re a small bottle and I go through you very quickly since I love you so much. If I am ever mega rich I shall bathe in you.
  • Ren’s Rose Moisture Defense Serum: I got this little treat from momma Deb’s/Santa lady. I felt like I was at a spa every time I used it. Feels and smells great. But the small bottle problem again. And this I had to use more than Sunday Riley’s so not sure if the price difference is really a factor. But highly recommend it when you’ve got some extra change.
  • Rodin’s Oilio Russo: This is the whole reason I got into oil in the first place! It was featured in Vanity Fair and it looked so nice and expensive. I went into Barney’s to inquire about this magical potion and the awesome sales rep lady actually steered me clear of this stuff. Apparently it has some unsavory colorants and fragrances. Rodin’s site is down so I can’t verify, but I trust her. And it’s $150 per teensy bottle, so she recommended Ren or Sunday Riley. Deal!
  • Decleor’s Aromessence: The great thing about this line is that they have oils for almost every skin type. I love the Angelique and Excellence. And like all Decleor products the ingredient list is very short and very impressive. No colorants, mineral oil, preservatives. Only issue is that you can’t really smear it all over your face since #1 the bottle is so teensy and #2 and it’s intended to be applied via the acupressure method (almost like a spot treatment). But it’s still great and the price point isn’t too bad.
  • Josie Maran’s Argan Oil: Winner! And it’s the cheapest. And it has one ingredient: 100% Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil. Here  are the listed uses and benifits, courtesy of the Josie Maran site:

    You’re lovely and cheap (in the best way possible of course).

    • Soften dry skin — Argan Oil’s naturally high concentration in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids work to alleviate dry skin and rough patches.
    • Help minimize fine lines — Smooth Argan Oil over skin and under your eyes for intense moisture and to reduce appearance of fine lines.
    • Help heal acne blemishes and scarring — With regular use, Argan Oil is widely reported to heal existing acne blemishes, prevent the occurrence of new breakouts and help reduce scarring.
    • Soften cuticles — Massage a few drops of Argan Oil onto your cuticles to soften and condition.
    • Treat split ends — Rub oil between your hands and smooth through hair to minimize fly-aways and treat split ends.
    • Give skin a fresh, youthful look — Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow.
    • And it’s safe enough for use on your baby — 100% pure, organic Argan Oil is safe enough to use on your baby’s delicate skin to help treat dryness and soothe redness. You can also smooth over your stomach during pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks.