Face oils are nothing new- women around the world have used them for centuries – but lately it seems like there’s been an influx of face oil options in the beauty market. Brands such as cult-favorite Vintner’s Daughter have paved the way for clean, effective, luxe face oils and now everyone seems to be catching on. Previously limited to the body section at Whole Foods and an occasional rare find at a “wellness” store, a glimpse into any beauty boutique reveals an impressive array of face oil options.
On a recent visit to CAP Beauty, we walked in hoping to find a few face oils to try, and were met with so many more than we expected! Just like any other skin care product, there is a face oil for everything and everyone. To help us navigate all of the hydrating, plumping, organic, glow-promising goodness, we enlisted the help of CAP’s aesthetician Crystal. On top of the fact that CAP is awesome in providing you with endless samples of whatever may pique your interest, they also offer a wonderful facial experience. During the session, a specially trained aesthetician (such as the amazing Crystal!) analyzes your skin and skincare goals to give you a personalized, prescribed regimen that pulls from all that CAP has to offer. As she worked on our skin with the most incredible face massage techniques we’ve experienced (we left with a lifted, glowing, de-puffed complexion thanks to her magic- no machines or chemicals required!) she talked us through the assessment: a dehydrated and dulling complexion (January in NYC isn’t our best look…) combined with congested pores. That seemed like a tall order for a face oil- especially one relying solely on organic, naturally derived ingredients. And then she applied Kahina Giving Beauty’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil and we fell deeply, deeply in love.
Yet, this was not our first love affair with a face oil. Throughout our quest for clean beauty, we have encountered many-an-amazing face oil, but a few have stood out from the pack. Here’s why:
1) Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil: This face oil is pure magic. The 100% organic, cold-pressed Prickly Pear Seed Oil, ethically sourced directly by the brand (who employs the Berber Women of North Africa to source and bottle all products), is the answer to a slew of skin care concerns. Not only is it moisturizing and plumping (containing a very high concentrate of essential fatty acids), it also has the unique benefit of brightening the skin! For anyone that’s ever had any discoloration or dark undereye circles, this will be your new best friend. On top of ALL that, it also absorbs fully into the skin without any greasy residue.
2) Monk Oil City Skin Potion: While not marketed specifically as a face oil, a quick glance at the moisturizing ingredients such as Organic Avocado Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil make this a safe bet when applied lightly to the face. However, the true magic of this oil lies in its bewitching combination of essential oils (Cedar, Lavendar, and Rose Otto) that instantly manage to calm, refocus, energize, and balance us out. As an added layer of protection against the elements (the founders both reside in NYC), they’ve added Yarrow Environmental Solution Flower Essence “to protects against toxic environmental influences” including “the disruptive effects of electromagnetic fields and crowded places.” Known for its calming qualities, a clear quartz is placed in every bottle. Trust us, when you catch a whiff of this, you’ll want to put it EVERYWHERE.
3. F. Miller Face Oil: Like many of the best skincare products, Fran Miller developed her eponymous face oil as the result of her personal quest to treat her problematic skin in a natural, holistic way. The result: a concentrated blend of 15 botanical oils and herbal extracts naturally packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to restore moisture, improve skin elasticity, reduce redness, diminish blemishes and scarring, and naturally heal, balance and regenerate. If you’re looking for an active oil that’s going to get to work on your skin, this is the face oil for you. To top if off, the chic, simple packaging brightens up any beauty cabinet.
4. LINNÉ Botanicals REPAIR Face Oil: From one of our favorite brands created by one of our favorite girls, this oil is perfection. Chock-full of all of the best skin-loving ingredients such as Rosehip Seed, Sea Buckthorn Berry, Argan, Sacha Inchi, and Meadowfoam oils, this beautiful product soothes, protect, heals, and enlivens. Loved by the acne-prone and sensitive/dry-skin alike, this is the perfect face oil for everyone! Bonus: you can get the travel size in one of the beautiful Face Kits (along with some of their other amazing products) so you can stash in your gym bag or purse for glow on the go!