by Maureen Choi
photo: Svend LindbaekHave you been wary of trying facial oils? Here's how to use them the right way:
Use only natural plant- and nut-based oils--not synthetic ones. Scan the ingredient label for petrolatum and mineral oil, which will clog your pores and exacerbate breakouts.
If you're applying a face oil in the morning, layer it on top of any anti-aging product and under your makeup or sunscreen. Pat on or massage in the oil, then wait at least two minutes to let it fully absorb before adding anything else.
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Look to classic treatments like olive oil (Cleopatra was a fan) and camellia (Japanese geishas swore by it). In cold, dry climates, add a few drops to a dollop of your favorite night cream before massaging into skin for an extra hydration boost. We love this trick on airplanes too.
Spread the wealth: Rub any leftover bits of oil into cuticles, elbows, knees, heels, soles of feet--anywhere you find a rough spot. Even dab someRead More »from Your Glowy-Skin Guide: Don't Be Afraid of Facial Oils!