Botanical oils are the name of the game these days, offering benefits for skin, hair, cuticles and so much more. Here’s the low-down on some of our favorite oils.
Extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree, argan oil has long been valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and proteins, argan oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars and stretch marks, restore texture, elasticity and tone, and reduce inflammation.
Bottom line: Argan is a good lightweight oil for all-over hydration.
Where to find it
Hair: Andalou Naturals Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Shampoo
Face: evanhealy’s Argan Intensive Facial Serum
All over: Derma E’s Radiant Glow Face Oil
Harvested from the nut inside the marula fruit grown in southern Africa, marula oil is packed with nourishing essential fatty acids and antioxidants—at a higher concentration than argan—that protect your skin from free radical damage.
The molecules in marula are also smaller than other hydrating oils, meaning it absorbs quickly and can get into the deepest layers of skin. Marula’s antimicrobial properties can also help heal breakouts and fight future bacteria.
Bottom line: Marula offers serious antioxidant punch, is good for acneic skin and absorbs quickly.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil has been used since the times of the ancient Egyptians for its nourishing properties. Now harvested mainly from the seeds of rose bushes grown in Chile, rosehip seed oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that offer a variety of benefits.
Vitamin C and lycopene are antioxidants that help protect against sun and pollution that can lead to wrinkles, while essential fatty acids offer serious dry skin relief (even for dry scalps). And a natural form of vitamin A does wonders on existing wrinkles and scars.
Pure rosehip seed oil is best when it’s been cold-pressed to maintain more of the original nutrients. It’s gentle enough to be used undiluted on the skin, and is a great addition to other creams and lotions for face and body.
Bottom line: Rosehip is great for balancing normal to dry skin, anti-aging and reducing scars.
Where to find it
All over: Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Skin Care Oil
Eyes: Mineral Fusion Brightening Eye Cream
Hands: Pangea Organics Chilean Rosehip with Tamanu & Red Clover Hand Cream
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil comes from the seeds of a group of wildflowers grown throughout the US, and has the one of the highest concentrations of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) of any plant. GLA is an omega-6 essential fatty acid that’s vital to cell structure and the elasticity of the skin, and is ideal for the treatment of dry skin and inflammatory conditions, such as eczema and arthritis.
Evening primrose oil is also ideal for acneic skin, since it helps dilute pore-clogging sebum, and for rosacea because it reduces inflammation and stimulates the contraction of blood vessels.
Bottom line: Evening primrose is best for balancing, firming and taming inflammation caused by acne and rosacea.
Where to find it
Face, Hands, Eyes, Body: Weleda Evening Primrose line
Hair: John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair
Nails/Cuticles: SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail Nail & Cuticle Oil