Move over argan, you’re no longer the only act in town. In the past few years, skincare oils have flooded the market, and with good reason. They are highly effective—and natural—beauty tools that can meet a wide variety of skincare needs. From argan oil to the newer marula oil, we took a closer look at some of our favorites.
Derived from the Moroccan argan tree, this oil is one of the most well known on the market. Argan contains rich anti-oxidants, and hydrates and softens the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Try Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil.
Praised for it's anti-aging properties, coconut oil contains a unique set of fatty acids that keeps skin soft and fight natural drying and roughening of aging skin. Sebum, a key substance in coconut oil, mimics the skin's naturally producing protective layer, and promotes collagen production, reducing wrinkles. Organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil is best for reaping the full benefits.
Grape Seed Oil
Ideal for fighting acne, grape seed oil contains linoleic acid, which strengthens the skin cell membranes and fights off inflammation. Rich in anti-oxidants, this oil also prevents pores from clogging, the primary hurdle in preventing acne. Grape seed oil is best used in it's purest form; just purchase it from your local grocery store. Look out for Now Foods, an inexpensive yet high quality product.
Tea Tree Oil
Used for hundreds of years for its natural healing properties, tea tree oil disinfects skin without removing other natural oils. Its natural anti-bacterial properties make this oil ideal for removing pimples. Most brands are effective, so long as they do not a high concentration of terpinen 4-OL. Try Thursday Plantation’s tea tree oil as an affordable and effect acne control option.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you suffer from dry skin, extra virgin olive oil is an excellent option for repairing and renewing damaged skin. Only “Extra Virgin” olive oil contains the necessary ingredients for firmer, smoother, and healthier skin.
The new kid on the block, marula oil comes from the East African fruit seeds of the marula tree. Due to its high level of anti-oxidants and omega fatty acitds, this oil is naturally soothing, and helps fight aging caused by free radicals. It’s also a perfect base for makeup application because of its matte finish. The best part about this new oil? Its pleasantly sweet aroma. Try Pure Marula Facial Oil.