The therapeutic benefits of natural oils for the face and
body have been documented for hundreds of years, but we’re only now starting to
incorporate them as part of our morning and evening skin care regimen, thanks
to their abundance of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants which
work to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, prevent free radical damage,
increase skin elasticity and more.
Who Can Benefit From Using Natural Oils?
While many people, especially those with combination or oily
skin, tend to shy away from products containing oil of any kind for fear that
it will cause them to break out, this is not always true. In fact, natural
oil-containing products might be the best thing for those with oily and even
acne-prone skin. Acne medications often strip the natural barrier of the skin,
which can lead to excess sebum production and clogged pores without proper
hydration. Oils help train the skin to rebalance itself if overstripped from
harsh cleansers or medications.
How to Choose the Right Face Oil
Choosing the right oil, however, is the tricky part.
To help you determine which is the best natural face oil for
you, we consulted with dermatologists to uncover some of the best products out
there—and the skin type they’re meant for.
Sunday Riley Juno Essential Oil
Best for: Normal skin
This anti-aging complex is naturally derived, using a
mixture of fine organic botanicals including Black cumin, blackberry, raspberry
and blueberry oils and vitamin E, which imparts even more hydration and also
provides antioxidant benefits. While it targets fine lines and wrinkles, those
with more youthful skin will find benefits in its soothing abilities. It is
lightweight and absorbs quickly.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Best for: Oily or acne-prone skin
If clogged pores are a top concern of yours,
this fast-absorbing dry oil will work hard to clean out blemishes salicylic acid—two ingredients that are beneficial for the
treatment of clogged pores and blackheads. While tea tree oil and salicylic
acid can dry the skin, this face oil has jojoba oil—a great hydrating and
moisturizing plant-based oil that doesn’t clog pores—as well as aloe vera to
soothe the skin.
The Organic Pharmacy Virgin Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
Best for: Mature or aging skin
The main ingredient in this reparative skin oil is rosehip
oil, which is clinically proven to do amazing things such as reduce scarring,
smooth wrinkles and condition and regenerate the skin. Rosehip oil is a
favorite oil since it has a high ratio of linoleic acid which has not only been
shown to be beneficial for those with acne, but also has been shown to reverse
UV-induced hyperpigmentation. It’s also rich in vitamins A, E, C and D which
have been used for not only hydration but also scars, stretch marks and redness
in rosacea-prone skin.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
Best for: Sensitive or redness-prone skin
Those battling bouts of redness and inflammation will find
relief in this balanced moisturizing facial oil. Azulene is a chamomile extract
that has been used for its skin-soothing properties, as well as its antioxidant
abilities which are beneficial for easily inflamed and sensitive skin. This
product also combines hydrating ingredients such as jojoba oil and squalene.and
blackheads thanks to its mix of clarifying ingredients. It contains both tea
tree oil and salicylic acid—two ingredients that are beneficial for the
treatment of clogged pores and blackheads.
The Organic Pharmacy offers an array of natural organic skincare products, fragrances, cosmetics, facial and body treatments, herbal remedies and supplements.
The dangers of toxic chemicals in cosmetics and other products we slather on and ingest is a common topic of lunchtime convo in L.A., where green beauty and wellness elixirs abound. A search is always on for the next best clean beauty destination. Yet one hush-hush Hollywood hot spot, The Organic Pharmacy, has been quietly attracting the likes of Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Natalie Portman, John Travolta and Lily Collins to its unassuming store at 453 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills for a while now.
The London-based company (it counts Madonna and Claudia Schiffer as fans across the pond) opened the doors of its L.A. outpost in 2008, where it offers an array of natural organic skincare products, fragrances, cosmetics, facial and body treatments, herbal remedies and supplements, and even health assessments, based on a galvanic body scan.
Lady Gaga (known to have a green thumb in her Malibu gardens) favors The Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser ($82.50) and protects her fair skin from the sun with the company’s natural titanium dioxide and zinc oxide based Cellular Protection Sun Cream ($69). Both Gaga and Paltrow are fans of the natural Self Tan ($69), which creates a healthy glow from a sugar beet derivative—Paltrow sells this and more from the line at goop.com. Earlier this summer, a certain A-list celeb personally ordered 1,000 bottles of Self Tan in one swoop.
In August, a customer visiting Beverly Hills from the Middle East scooped up $15,000 worth of The Organic Pharmacy’s all-natural perfumes (the limited-edition versions are infused with real 24-karat gold, $279 for 100 ml.) as gifts for his family and paid in cash, generously tossing in an extra bottle for each of two sales associates.
As of June, The Organic Pharmacy is selling select products at the Hotel Bel-Air Spa, where manicures and pedicures using the Organic Glam lacquer are now available, as is the company’s signature Green Coffee Resculpting Body Treatment ($100 for 60 minutes) and an exclusive Rose Renewal Body Treatment that incorporates lotions and potions from the line.