Oils on Oils on Oils

Adding an oil to your skincare routine can only do you good. Oils geared towards balancing and nourishing the skin will actually make your skin less likely to produce excess oils. I didn’t think it worked until I tried it. These three have been my go-tos throughout the year when my skin is going haywire and is unbalanced. They’re all geared towards oily/combination skin that’s congested. I use them at night (after cleansing, toning and serum) and in the winter I even layer a moisturizer on top. My skin drinks it all up and looks fantastic in the morning. 

Sunday Riley Artemis

I bought this one first, and although it smells like the inside of a shoe it really does a fantastic job at balancing out my skin and bringing back a healthy glow. It’s got lots of citrus oils in it, along with pomegranate seed oil and black cumin oil which have antioxidant properties. A little goes a long way – 2 to 3 drops is all you need to cover your entire face without making you look like a glazed donut. The consistency of this oil is very thick and it is sticky. You can find it at Sephora and various online retailers, retailing for $75 USD.

Kypris Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet

If Artemis is too thick and stinky to handle, this is your next best bet. This Kypris Beauty Elixir is loaded with Vitamin E and antioxidants. Pomegranate seed, coconut, rosehip and prickly pear seed oils are all present in this yummy concoction. This has a very earthy scent due to the jasmine, patchouli and lavender essential oils in it. The texture of the oil is a lot thinner and it sinks into the skin quickly, making it perfect for layering with serums in the summer. The downside? The price is astronomical. At $200 USD for 50mL this is as luxury as luxury can get. However, only 2-3 drops are needed to cover your entire face and neck, and rest assured that every single ingredient in this product has been ethically harvested and sourced.

Bottega Organica Restorative Mask

The name of this is tricky – it claims to be a mask but in reality it has a texture akin to coconut oil. A solid balm at room temperature, this heavenly concoction turns into a luscious oil when warmed between your fingertips. This is rich in cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, apricot, carrot and chamomile to soothe and nourish the skin.

At $116 per pot it costs a pretty penny, but it’s worth a look if you get dry patches often. When I get dry patches from old acne flare-ups, I spot treat with this, go to sleep and wake up with totally normalized skin. 

What's your stance on face oils? Have you discovered any favorites?