Zero Waste

Facial Oils

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I used to think my skin type was combination to oily.  No matter how many oil-free formulas I tried, my face would end up looking like a oily, hot mess at the end of the day.  Super attractive, right?  When I read about facial oils and how it could be the perfect zero waste alternative to store-bought creams, I was intrigued.  I was hesitant since I thought, “if my face is oily, how would rubbing more oil on my face help?”

Facial oils are inexpensive.  You can get a 1 oz bottle of the facial oil of your choice or around $10-20.  The bottle should last you 3-4 months if you use it in morning and night.  I typically use 5 drops and pat it on my face and neck.  Facial oils have many other uses, such as: massage oil, make-up remover, hair serum, cuticle oil etc.

I want to share with you my top 3 favorite facial oils that are regularly in my beauty routine.

Rosehip Oil ($$$)
Let me begin by saying that Miranda Kerr uses rosehip oil regularly … and she’s got fabulous skin!  Rosehip oil contains lots of fatty acids, such as omega-3.  It helps with photo-aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.  This is a dry oil, so if you have dry skin, you’ll need something on top of it.  For me, this is the perfect day moisturizer.

Argan Oil ($$)
Argan oil has tons of vitamin E and is extremely moisturizing, so if you have eczema or dry skin, this is a perfect oil for you.  I typically don’t use argan oil during the day, because it’s too heavy for me.  This is perfect for a night moisturizer.

Sweet Almond Oil ($)
Sweet almond oil has loads of vitamin A, and is known to reduce UV damage.  Sweet almond oil is also a dry oil, so it is absorbed super fast and won’t leave your skin feeling oily.

If you are lucky, you will also be able to find these oils in bulk at your local co-op or bulk store.  After using these oils for about half a year, I noticed that the general oiliness of my skin has subsided.  I realized that my skin type is actually normal.  Since these facial oils are non-comedogenic, it is absorbed into the skin but allows it to breathe.

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