5 Ways to Add Oil to Your Beauty Routine

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There was a period of time in which American consumers wouldn’t go near face oil for fear of overly shiny skin and breakouts. (Obviously, the French were ahead of their time in terms of embracing the slick stuff.) Now it feels as if everyone is on board with this liquid gold, and the beauty industry is finding new ways for women to get their fix by cranking out even more oil-based products to be used from head to toe. But instead of the usual liquids, they’re dabbling in a variety of unexpected formulas that, in some cases, even morph from one thing to another. Here, five effective new products that are guaranteed to make even the oil-averse change their minds.

Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist

The lightweight aerosol spray makes it easy to apply evenly; no need to worry about getting a big blob of oil in one spot. Use it to give single braids, buns, and curls extra gloss without causing frizz. Plus, it won’t weigh down fine hair—unless, of course, you’re going after the “drenched” effect hair pro Guido Palau crafted with the can at Alexander Wang’s Fall ‘15 show.

$22, redken.com for salons

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Sérum Solide

The beauty of this genius split-ends tamer is that whether you’re going to the office or on vacation, you can take it with you without fear of spillage. Be sure to avoid scooping out more than a fingerful. The pomade-like formula (it quickly turns to liquid with the heat of your hands) is packed with 15 different oils so you don’t need much to add moisture, softness, and shine to your strands.

$45, kerastase-usa.com

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Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser

It’s safe to say that this green face wash has a split personality. The texture starts off as a gel, changes to an oil, then becomes a milky cleanser when you combine with water. But it’s not purely for entertainment purposes. The formula, made with microalgae, avocado, and olive oils, is great for breaking down makeup and cleaning deep into pores without overdrying.  

$38, sephora.com

NARS Skin Restorative Night Treatment

The honey-colored gel inside this little pot transforms into a luxe oil when you rub it in. Although it looks lightweight at a glance, the texture is super-rich—perfect for rehabbing a dry complexion while you snooze.

$85, narscosmetics.com

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm

I’m all about a multifunctional product, especially for travel. With this balm, you get an intense skin, hair, and nail moisturizer that really gets the job done. Smear it on during a long flight, and keep it on your bedside table when you’re home to treat dry patches overnight.

$35, sephora.com

By Baze Mpinja

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