The first natural beauty habit I adopted was putting oil on my face. Back in 2010 Meredith talked me into it with her glowing recommendation of argan oil and the gift of a small bottle of the awesome stuff. I questioned her about all the things we think we know about putting oil on our faces—didn’t her face turn into an oil slick? Didn’t she suffer from horrendous acne? She excitedly told me that none of these things had happened, and that her skin was wonderfully happy, and so I tried it. And I loved it. And I’ve been putting oil on my face ever since. Here are some of my favourites.

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Favourite All-Around Oil: Argan Oil

I have been known to frequently wax poetic about argan oil, and I won’t hesitate to do it again. Pressed from the kernels of the Argan tree that grows in northern Africa, this oil is the first natural beauty ingredient I fell in love with. It smells lightly nutty, but I find I don’t notice the scent at all these days. Rich in vitamin E oil, it encourages healing. I’ve had it heal up zits and blemishes significantly overnight. My mother swears it helps with her fine lines. It feels rich and wonderful on the skin, yet absorbs quite quickly. A few drops go a long way for a refreshing boost of moisture. While many people love coconut oil for moisturizing their face, I find argan oil to pack a far stronger moisturizing punch—in this dry climate coconut oil works only marginally better than water.

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Favourite Fast-Absorbing Oil: Rosehip Oil

This vitamin rich carrier oil is great for healing and combating scars, and it also absorbs into the skin unbelievably fast. It’s often called a “drying” oil as it sinks in so quickly that it leaves the skin feeling dry to the touch (it doesn’t dry the skin out, though). It’s a great choice for blending with heavier oils to lighten them up and reduce the absorption time (as well as adding a hefty dose of vitamins A and E to the mix). As a word of caution, though—I have found Rosehip oil to go rancid faster than most carrier oils, so buy it in small bottles and use it quickly.

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Favourite Healing Oil: Tamanu Oil

This cloudy, nutty smelling oil packs a great healing punch, especially when blended with argan and/or rosehip oil. It absorbs quite quickly, leaving behind a dusty/nutty/green scent. The healing powers of tamanu oil are well known to the indigenous peoples in the countries where tamanu grows in Southeast Asia, and it’s been used for hundreds of years on everything from burns and stretch marks to scratches and bug bites. I like to blend it with rosehip oil, but it’s also fantastic neat. It’s also great all over the body, not just on the face.

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Favourite Rich Oil: Evening Primrose Oil

This omega and linolenic acid  loaded oil is really rich (read: oily on the skin). Evening Primrose Oil is anti-inflammatory and soothing. It’s great for dry and/or mature skin, but I’d recommend diluting it in something lighter, like argan oil, rosehip oil, or camellia seed oil for daily use.

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Favourite Anti-Acne Oil: Argan Oil

I know argan oil is already on the list, but I feel like it deserves a second mention here. Whenever I’m regularly using argan oil, my skin is better than when I’m not. It helps prevent new zits and helps old ones heal. I love it.

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Favourite Silky Oil: Camellia Seed Oil

This luxurious oil is made from the seeds of the same plant that gives us tea, and it’s been used for hair a skin care in Asia for centuries. It’s wonderfully smooth and silky when applied to the skin. Camellia seed oil delivers great moisture, encourages healing, and is rich in vitamin E oil and antioxidants, making it great for skin care, but it’s also fantastic for hair—try massaging a drop into dry ends before going to sleep.

So, those are my favourites. What are yours?

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