Here is something I never thought I would say: I love oils on my skin lately!
See I’ve never been much of an oil person. I always assumed putting oil on my skin (aside from cuticle oil) would turn me into a slime-slicked, pimple-faced greaseball. Boy was I wrong.
Up until recently, really the only kind of oil I ever used on my skin was cuticle oil. I have about a bajillion of them. But I have been really into balms and creams more than oils in the last year or two, so I wasn’t using cuticle oil that much. Now I am back into the oils, mainly because of the condition of my nails.
You see, my nails have been getting drier and drier, despite me putting on hand lotion 5-10 times a day and putting on a cuticle cream/balm at night. I always wear gloves when I wash dishes or use heavy-duty cleaning products, but they kept getting worse. A couple of them on each hand are dry and cracked looking when they have nothing on them. Like dried wood! Add my ever-increasing nail ridges to the mix and I am just completely frustrated.
I’ve tried many nail treatments or moisturizers, etc., but as of yet, nothing has fixed the issue. So right now I am just dousing them with cuticle oil 3 or 4 times per day to see if this will start helping. I’ve read that cuticle oil is better than the other cuticle treatments because it penetrates the layers better (or something).
ANYWAY back to the actual point, which is I have been using these three oils above and liking them a lot.
The first one is Sweet Almond Oil which I purchased at Food Maxx for $3.14 for 2 oz. First off sweet almond oil is my favorite scent on earth. Secondly, you can use this anywhere on the skin for moisture. So I’m trying it on the cuticles.
Next is the Sephora Instant Nail & Cuticle Care doodad which I reviewed here. It’s easy to use and kind of fun!
Finally I have the ever-so-popular CND Solar Oil, which also smells like sweet almond oil. MMMM. Love this stuff.
Aside from nail care though, I’ve been using oil on my body and face too, which is miraculous.
Once I tried out the L’Occitane Supple Skin Oil with Almond Oil I was smitten. Not only does it smell SO GOOD, but it’s easy to use. Just spray and bam, you are done. I’ve been using it mostly on my legs which tend to be the driest part of my body year-round (especially my shins). My full review is here if interested.
And finally for the most shocking one of all for me – a face oil!
Remember how I said I was convinced of pimples and grease? It was mostly when I thought about face oils. Even though the skin on my face is basically normal with sensitivity sometimes, and occasional dryness (as I age), I just assumed adding oil wouldn’t be good. However I found the opposite to be true.
I’ve been using the Tarte Maracuja Oil a few times a week for at least a month or two and happily I can report zero pimples or acne from it. I never actually reviewed this stuff in another post so I will give you a quick run-down on what they say about it.
Rich in essential fatty acids known to recharge and replenish skin, maracuja oil helps deliver an overall rejuvenated and even-toned complexion while giving the appearance of brighter skin thanks to a high dose of vitamin C. This powerful anti-aging elixir provides instant hydration—quenching dry skin with no greasy or filmy feel.
Pure maracuja oil has been known to replenish, rebuild and brighten skin. The nutrient-rich essential fatty acids repair & rejuvenate skin for a firmer complexion. The moisture-rich formula replenishes & hydrates skin.
It says to use just two or three drops on clean, dry skin but I have been using it over either a serum or my standard retinol cream and it’s been great. My skin feels soft and smooth and I haven’t had any dry areas since I started using it. And just a small amount goes a loooong ways, so this bottle should last a long time.
Are you into any oil treatments lately?