Several summers ago, when my friends heard I was off to Paris, they begged me to bring back Huile Prodigieuse, France's latest skincare miracle. So I headed for the local diététique (the closest thing in France to a health food store), where the proprietor sold me her last precious bottles of the sweet almond and neroli oil. I've been hooked on the gentle glide of face oil ever since. Buy these oils in facial preparations, look for them as ingredients in creams or use them on their own.
(aka rose hip seed oil) is great for softening little lines around the eyes. My favorites are Aubrey Organics, Rosa Mosqueta Oil and Natura Bisse Rosa Mosqueta Oil for Dry Skin.
oil is an extremely absorbent oil that's not only a terrific all-around moisturizer but calms the skin down fast after waxing or any other irritating event. At $4 a bottle, it's your best health-food store buy. (Store it in the fridge.)
oil softens papery-dry skin and soothes eczema. I like a cheap balm called Common Sense Chamomile & Primrose Salve, from Rutland, Vermont, which grandmas, toddlers and everyone in between can share.
oil moisturizes dry, aging skin and also driesacne; Dr. Hauschka's Facial Skin Oil is a good source.
oil moisturizes dry or sensitive skin. I like Aesop Fabulous Face Oil.
oil is a by-product of the emu, a big Australian ground bird. Before you get grossed out, let me tell you there are few products that absorb as well, soothe scars as well or make the skin smoother than this: Elena Schell Aboriginal Oil.
is the basic, all-around, magical oil that always takes me on an olfactory journey back to Provence. It also helps soothe irritations and dry up pimples. You can find it in health food store preparations, or try Clarins Face Treatment Oil "Santal."
Excerpted from BEAUTY: THE NEW BASICS © 2001, Rona Berg Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York
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