We LOVE oils, and for many great reasons. They smell amazing, they’re accessible, they contain powerful, hydrating ingredients, trap humectants and emollients onto your skin so that your skin can stay hydrated and soft throughout the day––and more!
Oils function as an occlusive (moisturizing ingredients that create a physical barrier on the skin to prevent transepidermal water loss) and as an emollient (moisturizing ingredients that soften the skin), which means they can either seal in moisture. They can be your best bet if you tend to struggle with dehydrated skin, especially during the colder months.
However, it is important to note they never act as a humectant. By putting this “sealant” on the skin by coating the top layer, they do not pull in water and hydrate the skin the same way as a serum would. If you apply oil first, any moisturizer that follows won’t be able to fully penetrate the oil barrier. Oils are only the protectors (not producers!) of hydration.
That being said, there are many different ingredients that make up an oil, yet we also recommend to opt for professional-grade formulations for the health of your skin. Here are a few of our favorites for face and body:
YONKA PARIS SILHOUETTE OIL - $64
With this fine and lightweight oil, tone, nourish, soften and smooth your skin effortlessly. Pink Pepper oil, renowned for its fat metabolizing effects, combines with massage to effectively improve the appearance of dimpled skin. A must-have product for a noticeably sculpted and toned figure.
EMINENCE ORGANICS APRICOT BODY OIL - $34
Seduce your senses with our luxurious Apricot Body Oil. Ultra-hydrating apricot oil is blended with an assortment of essential oils, such as grape seed and jojoba, to create a luscious massage oil that leaves skin feeling irresistibly soft and supple.
ESTHEDERM CELLULAR BODY OIL - $56
Nourishes and protects from dehydration and enhances the beauty of all skin types. This luxurious oil can be used daily and is a must for those longing for perfectly hydrated skin!
FACIAL OILS (lighter than the denser ones used on the body):
COMFORT ZONE RENIGHT OIL - $78
Precious, silky multi-vitamin plant oil blend, with certified organic Goji berry oil and macadamia oil. Promotes a double nourishing and anti-oxidant action. Recommended for all skin types and ideal for undernourished, dry, stressed and tired skins, in combination with the night or day cream for extra anti-oxidant protection. It is recommended for its repairing and emollient action after sun exposure, or in harsh and cold climates.
DR.HAUSCHKA REGENERATING OIL SERUM INTENSIVE - $135
The formulation of almond oil and olive oil, together with valuable plant extracts especially of blackthorn, nourish skin that is losing its firmness and elasticity to improve its defense and barrier function. Dry and sensitive skin becomes more resilient and is optimally protected against environmental influences all day. Every application is an extra-special care experience: the unique texture melts into the skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. Regenerating Oil Serum Intensive is part of Dr. Hauschka’s range of regenerating skin care products for the face and body and has been developed for the intensive care of demanding, mature skin.
EMINENCE ORGANICS FACIAL RECOVERY OIL - $89
Toning and hydrating oil created with precious herbs and nourishing oils to soothe and renew sensitive and aging skin. This is a luxurious facial oil suitable for all skin types. Made with Biodynamic® ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms.
GM COLLIN PARIS SENSIDERM CLEANSING OIL - $48
Inspired by the softness and delicateness of the skin, this must-have oil envelops the skin like a caress and provides a true sensorial experience. Mixed with water, this gentle nectar turns into a milky emulsion that:
Gently melts away impurities from the skin; dissolves waterproof makeup from the eyes, lips and face; respects the balance and replenishes the hydration barrier of the skin; and provides a purified sensation and leaves the skin soft and silky, without an oily film.
MOUNT LAI BRIGHTENING BERRY VITAMIN C FACIAL OIL - $104
A superfood facial oil powered by antioxidant-rich goji berries and stabilized Vitamin C to firm and brighten the skin. Absorbent, lightweight, and perfect for daily use.
Until next time,
The BSE Team