Oils have a terrible reputation in the acne-prone world -- it's as though people think they're being peddled bottles of bacteria-ridden excess sebum. I recently put an oil on a very dry-skinned friend of mine, and even she freaked out about what the oil would do to her skin. Cut to one week later, and she was happily ordering her bottle of Pai Rosehip online.
With oils, as with all products, you need to keep in mind that not everyone uses the same one, trial and error is your best friend, and you need to give them enough time to work. That is, do your research, get a whackload of samples, and don't freak out if your skin purges. Here are the ones I've been playing with lately.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate* $35/30 ml
This combination of fruit and seed oil touts some anti-aging and healing claims that I can't speak for, given my age. I do think that it helps calm down some of my breakouts, but I wouldn't rely on this as sole treatment. This is the driest oil of the three -- I find that I need three to four drops to cover my entire face, because it literally feels like it absorbs the second you put it on. This is great for underneath your makeup, or even to mix into foundation for a lighter coverage. I've been using this mainly at night with the rest of my Pai skincare (post to come!). Also, this smells like chocolate. It's not bad, but it does confuzzle my brain a little.
Suti Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil $52/30ml
I won this in The Blossom Shed's giveaway about a year ago, and I love this! The powerhouse combination smells like orange peel. This doesn't absorb fully the way that the Pai oil does, so I prefer to use it like a treatment. Before bed (or early in the morning on a weekend), I'll slather 5 - 6 drops of this all over my face and let it sit for about a half hour and remove the excess with a one-ply tissue. I also really like to mix this into my other moisturizers if they're just not doing it for me that day.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil $58/50 ml
Argan Oil has been the wunderkind of all skin and hair care for the past five years. To be perfectly honest, I'm getting a little sick of all the shampoos that slap Argan on the label for the sake of it. There are other ingredients out there! That said, I love this multi-purpose oil, it really does hydrate my hair (possibly more than my beloved Kerastase Ultime...), and it's great on days that my skin feels parched and rough. One of my favourite tricks is to layer it under Nuxe Reve de Miel for an extra-hydrating kick.