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Pretty Slick1 of 11
By Lisa Cohen Lee
When it comes to oil, most of us consider it a beauty foe to be banished. However, experts say that when oil is used sparingly on skin and hair, it's a moisturizing powerhouse. "Natural oils can give you that youth-boosting, radiant glow that you're not getting from a cream," says Dr. Bruce Katz, a dermatologist in New York City. Here are ten easy ways to slip a little oil into your beauty routine.
Marula Oil2 of 11
What it is: Culled from the kernels of the marula tree, native to East Africa, this oil is super-light, fast-absorbing and is rich in omega-9 oil and antioxidants.
Top use: Massage in a few drops pre-foundation, especially if you're looking red and your skin is dry. Marula oil is said to bring down inflammation, and the fatty acids help lock in moisture.
SHOP NOW: Marula The Leakey Collection, $78
Dry Oil3 of 11
What it is: "Dry oils have a velvety feeling which leaves skin with a satin matte, not slick, finish that's soft to the touch," says Stephanie Enriquez, an esthetician for Freeman Beauty. Most have no water, and include shea butter, olive and avocado oils, and silicone.
Top use: It's ideal whenever you show some skin; the finish is radiant without a slippery shine—and you can also use it on your hair. Bonus: It dries on contact, so no worries about grease spots on your clothes.
SHOP NOW: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil, $5
Rosehip Oil4 of 11
What it is: Extracted from the fruit of the rose plant, this oil is chock full of vitamins A and C.
Top use: The texture is extremely light and soaks into skin quickly—making fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother. "Always massage in facial oil for better absorption. Start with two drops, and use gentle, circular motions," says Cecilia Wong, founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare Salon in New York City.
SHOP NOW: By Terry Huile De Rose Firming Lift Oil, $106
Almond Oil5 of 11
What it is: Extracted from the nut of the almond, this oil is rich in vitamin E and soothes skin.
Use it: Sensitive types will find that applying a few drops before a daily cream brings down redness and irritation, and keeps skin's moisture levels balanced. One caution: If you've got a nut allergy, consult with your doctor before use.
SHOP NOW: Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil, $26
Coconut Oil6 of 11
What it is: This rich oil is best for moisturizing and softening skin, especially when it's 100 percent pure.
Top use: Apply anywhere on your body that's thirsting for mega-moisture like eczema patches, cuticles, chapped lips and damaged hair (apply on ends to liven up dull locks). Skip using it on your face, though; the heavy texture may clog pores.
SHOP NOW: VMV Hypoallergenic Know-It-Oil, $26
Jojoba Oil7 of 11
What it is: A liquid wax collected from the seeds of the jojoba plant, this oil can be found on the label of many moisturizing products. It mimics your skin's natural oils, making it ideal for any skin type.
Top use: Yes, it's a major moisturizing option, but it also works as a makeup highlighter. "Massage a few drops on the apples of your cheeks for a pretty glow. If you're wearing a plunging neckline, pat it on your décolletage," says Katey Denno, a New York City makeup artist.
SHOP NOW: Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, $150
Camellia Oil8 of 11
What it is: Cold-pressed from the seeds of the camellia plant, camellia (Tsubaki) oil has a light herbal scent and is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Top use: Its potent properties are key for anti-aging preparations because it is high in antioxidants; amp up your regular routine by patting in a few drops before your usual moisturizer.
SHOP NOW: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46
Grapeseed Oil9 of 11
What it is: Pressed from grape seeds, this oil is rich in linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It's widely used as a base for aromatherapy and massage oils, thanks to its neutral scent.
Top use: This light oil is extremely hydrating. It can be used on your body, in the bath or on your hair—anywhere you want a touch of brilliance; it's a touch too rich for the face, however.
SHOP NOW: Caudalie Divine Oil, $49
Plum Oil10 of 11
What it is: The French use it primarily for cooking, but this vaguely almond-scented oil derived from plum kernels conditions skin, too; it is rich in vitamin E.
Top use: Pure plum is hard to score, so seek it out in blends, which are usually made for the body. Slick it on fresh-from-the-shower skin to lock in moisture, or coat nails with a few drops for a gleaming shine.
SHOP NOW: Caswell-Massey Fig + Bamboo Dual-Phase Body Oil, $35
Argan Oil11 of 11
What it is: This oil is pressed from the fruit of rare argan trees, indigenous to Morocco. It's high in fatty acids and has a lightweight texture that skin absorbs quickly.
Top use: You'll spot it in skincare blends, but it's a hair hero for sealing in color and imparting a glossy shine. Run two to three drops in damp hair before styling to glide through tangles and lock in moisture; use it on dry hair to freshen up a day-old blowout.
SHOP NOW: Aquage Silkening Oil Treatment, $37
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