Why You Should Put Oil on Your Face, Plus Our Recommendations for the Best Ones Out There

Contessa Schexnayder is a makeup artist and has been shackled to the beauty industry for over nine years, working for such lines and retailers as Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Blue Mercury, and Space NK. She is a self-proclaimed ingredient know-it-all, and likes long walks on the beach. Now that the new year is here, it’s finally time to make a resolution that is easy to keep: taking care of your skin. After all, who wants to spend 2012 with their face looking like a dehydrated piece of fruit? (And, if you're anything like me, making a declaration to keep your skin lovely is way easier then putting down that second cookie.) This is why I strongly suggest adding a new product to your skin care arsenal--facial oils. Now I know many of you might be thinking “ick.” But I promise this little product is perfect for all skin types, and if you use the right one, many of your skin care concerns can be solved.
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Contessa Schexnayder is a makeup artist and has been shackled to the beauty industry for over nine years, working for such lines and retailers as Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Blue Mercury, and Space NK. She is a self-proclaimed ingredient know-it-all, and likes long walks on the beach. Now that the new year is here, it’s finally time to make a resolution that is easy to keep: taking care of your skin. After all, who wants to spend 2012 with their face looking like a dehydrated piece of fruit? (And, if you're anything like me, making a declaration to keep your skin lovely is way easier then putting down that second cookie.) This is why I strongly suggest adding a new product to your skin care arsenal--facial oils. Now I know many of you might be thinking “ick.” But I promise this little product is perfect for all skin types, and if you use the right one, many of your skin care concerns can be solved.
Photo: Vogue Paris/Inez & Vinoodh

Photo: Vogue Paris/Inez & Vinoodh

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Got some extra coins to spend? Then I would strongly suggest that you throw them this way.

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If you think that just because you have oily skin, you can’t wear oil, well you’d be wrong. Dr. Hauschka Normalizing Day Oil offers all of the benefits of regulating oil production without all of the heartbreaking discomfort of over-drying your sweet face. This bottle of magic contains oils that will help with: diminishing breakouts, controlling "unwanted" oil, and evening out discoloration caused by pigmentation. Plus, the cost is relatively light on your bank account. (Price $43)

Extra Recommendation: DARPHIN Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm Overnight detoxifying treatment is kind of a big deal. This treatment is like a vacuum cleaner for clogged pores, and offers a serious deep cleaning while brightening the complexion. This oil-based balm is perfect right after you have exfoliated and right before you’re about to lay your precious head down on a pillow. (Price $70)

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With so many new beauty companies popping up quicker then you can count to one, sometimes we forget about tried but true lines. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is a heavy weight contender in the league of must-have facial products. It offers long-lasting hydration that is perfect for those who have combination dry, oily and sometimes acne prone skin. If that doesn’t make you happy, then the geranium and rosewood scent will tickle you pink. (Price $50)

P.S.A: It is a common misconception that those with more oily or problematic skin should not be using oil. This is false, and more often than not the harsh products that are purchased in order to solve the problem can make it worse. Stripping all of your own natural oils from your face in order to slow down –and dry out- oil production will just end in you having a really dry face, or actually encouraging MORE oil production.

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Balling on a budget, and your skin is crazy sensitive? Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil is a treat for those with more delicate skin types. This emollient hydrator conditions and calms the skin with essential fatty acids, and only contains 4 ingredients. It’s awesome for those who have easily irritated skin, or for those who are prone to redness and irritation. (Price $25)

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Vanilla, Cranberry and Black cumin, oh my! Nude Replenishing Night Oil boasts an impressive resume when it comes to treating skin. This baby restores and brightens skin, while offering intense hydration that will help with fine lines and wrinkles. Although it’s meant to be used at night, try taking a couple drops and pressing it into the skin during the day over your makeup. (Price $68)

Alternative use: You are at a restaurant, and have “forgotten” to bring your wallet. When the waiter comes to give the bill gently -yet dramatically- place this little bottle of fancy on the table and slowly rise while making close direct eye contact with your date. When the weirdness subsides, do two jumping jacks, then jog towards the exit. Hopefully he’ll think you’re too crazy to follow, and voila: you’ve just nabbed yourself a free grilled cheese sandwich and a side salad.