Face oils have risen in popularity over the last few years, and rightfully so!
The precious liquids extracted from various seeds and plants help prevent water loss from the skin while incorporating nutrients. It also helps that many face oils are compatible with all skin types. They’re a final glowy step to the rest of your skincare routine. When it comes to these coveted consistencies, you’re probably most familiar with jojoba, argan, almond and rosehip, to name a few—but Beautyologie has searched far and wide to bring you some of the most innovative and unconventional oils on the planet.
Keep reading for 7 uncommon face oils you’ll want to slather on your skin.
Black Seed Oil
You may be unfamiliar with black seed oil, but it likely rings a bell to anyone who works in medicine. The powerful liquid originated in ancient Egypt and was pressed from the seeds of Nigella sativa (better known as black cumin). It has massive healing properties, ranging from killing cancer cells to easing eczema and even aiding mosquito bites. When it comes to skincare in particular, it does wonders for people who are acne-prone. Our favorite is Katari Mediterranean Black Seed Oil.
If versatility is your goal in a self-care purchase, Baobab oil is one of your best bets. The all-star liquid, pressed from the seeds of the Baobab tree, is indigenous to Africa, and boasts head-to-toe benefits. Known primarily for its hydrating properties, Baobab oil is heralded for healing dry cuticles, aiding dry scalp and providing a natural glow to the skin. It can be applied daily and worn alone or mixed with other products. We recommend KAIBAE Baobab Oil.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Who doesn’t love the satisfying sweet and sourness of a pomegranate? But did you know its seeds boast some serious antioxidant properties? The oil is a major source of Vitamin C, and Katari Granate Pomegranate Seed Oil, in particular, can be used to repair and strengthen hair. Cold-pressed from dried seeds on farms in Egypt’s Delta of the Nile, Granate also helps repair environmental damage while restoring skin to its natural pH levels.
Buriti oil (aka Aguaje oil) is a woman’s wonder oil! Not only is it the world’s richest source of Vitamin A (retinol), but it also balances hormones. Advised against using while pregnant (due to its photo-estrogen inclusion), this Peruvian oil rebuilds and hydrates skin cells and protects natural collagen and elastin, while restoring moisture to sun-damaged skin. Steer clear if you’re wearing light clothing, as the oil’s deep amber hue is known to stain. Check out Candela Aguaje Oil.
Consider Kigelia oil your skin doctor in a bottle. Kigelia africana is a long, sausage-shaped fruit that hangs from the towering tree, and is native to tropical African regions. This centuries-old all-star ingredient has been has been revered by Malawians as medicine as well as a sacred symbol of protection. Known to treat acne, eczema, sunburn, psoriasis and even insect bites. First timer to Kigelia? Try Luxe Botanics Kigelia Corrective Serum.
Himalayan Apricot Oil
If you’re looking for an oil that nourishes the hair, face and body, Himalayan apricot oil is a deeply indulgent consistency that’s rich in Vitamin A, E and C. Best used fresh from the shower, slather on this decadent oil to not only remove makeup and grime, but also to leave skin barrier feeling soft and strengthened. Aroha Oils makes this beautiful Himalayan Apricot Nourishing Oil.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Are under-eyes your biggest sign of aging? If so, the magic of prickly pear seed oil may be your answer. High in essential fatty acids, omega 6 and 9, Vitamin K and Vitamin E, the most sought-after oils from this cactus plant (aka the Barbary Fig) are native to Morocco. The oil is known to aide dark circles and bags, while also providing hydration to the skin without clogging pores. Added bonus? It also works as a hair conditioner and nail strengthener. Give this one a whirl: The Püre Collection Prickly Pear Serum.