The thought of adding oil to your face may make you cringe - many of us have spent our lives avoiding it at all costs (hello, oil-free EVERYTHING). But in fact, using the right oils has been proven to actually treat common skin woes from dry skin to acne (yes, acne!) and all your worries in between. Here a few reasons we are obsessed: Oils are naturally plumping and moisturizing, without the addition of water or other fillers. Many cosmetics companies add waxes, petrolatum and silicone to products to help seal in moisture and add a silky texture. At best, these don’t provide long term solutions. At worst, they are known endocrine disruptors and environmental toxins (yikes!). Packed with essential fatty acids, face oils melt beautifully into the skin, instantly smoothing (bye bye, fine lines and flakiness) while supporting and repairing the lipid barrier, so skin stays moisturized, naturally. Oils are nutritional powerhouses. Pure oils are rich not only in essential fatty acids, but each oil contains a unique profile of vitamins and potent antioxidants. From brightening to reducing scar tissue, minimizing wrinkles to building healthy cells, oils nourish skin from the inside while protecting from environmental aggressors and outside irritants and bacteria. Face oils make other products more effective. Many skin products and treatments sit on the epidermis, not able to penetrate the fatty, waterproof lipid barrier. Because oils are lipophilic, meaning they combine with other oils, they act as a carrier that allows additional ingredients and treatments to pass through to the deeper layers of skin, where they can really work their magic, while protecting skin from irritation. Increased benefits, decreased side effects? Yes, please. There is something for everyone. Dry and aging skin? Exotic marula and rosehip seed oil are miracle workers. Oily or acne-prone? Lightweight hemp seed and jojoba oils regulate sebum production (balanced oil = less breakouts!) while fighting inflammation and irritation. And that’s just the beginning. By combining base oils like these with high-quality essential oils and other botanicals, you reap the synergistic effect of a blend that is just right for your skin type and needs.