The Best Facial Oils to Use Before Your Wedding
When facial oils first made their resurgence, you may have dismissed them as just another trend. Or maybe you have oily skin and were convinced that only those with dry skin could benefit from them. (We, too, are guilty of this. We were positive they'd make us break out.) But we quickly learned that as long as you're not slathering pore-clogging mineral oil all over your face, not only will facial oils not give you blemishes or greasy skin, but they'll actually treat it, because oil gets rid of oil. And even better than that, there are oils to treat every skin type and condition under the sun. We've laid out our favorites that will be perfect additions to your pre-wedding skincare regimen.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
You know the whole double-cleansing ritual that came over from Asia? This product is inspired by that, but you only have to wash your face once, not twice. Apply a pump or two on dry skin and massage it into your face, then, after you've gently rubbed it in, add water and wash it off like a cleanser. It picks up every last particle of makeup, dirt, sunscreen, and sebum (the oily layer that protects your skin). We like to wash it off with a cotton ball just to see everything come off. (It's gross and oddly satisfying.) Other pluses: It comes in a super chic white bottle and i made from green tea, rice, and algae, all of which contain tons of antioxidants and minerals that make your skin glow.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48, sephora.com.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil
Lots of products that lessen blemishes are too drying, but this oil isn't: It contains kukui nut oil, which regulates sebum production, along with blue tansy, which is anti-inflammatory, so it decreases redness from blemishes, and it's antibacterial, so it helps prevent new ones from forming. It also contains squalene, a moisturizing nutrient that's compatible with our own skin (our bodies make it, too), which means it sinks into your skin without making it look or feel greasy.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil, $72, sephora.com.
Earth Tu Face Blue Chamomile + Carrot Seed
If you have irritated, sensitive skin, this will probably become one of your beauty mainstays. Blue chamomile works wonders to calm and soothe, while carrot seed oil promotes cell turnover, making your complexion look radiant. P.S.: Everything in this is so organic and natural that you could literally eat it. Although, we're not sure how good it would taste.
Earth Tu Face Blue Chamomile + Carrot Seed, $62, earthtuface.com.
Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum
To really get that bridal glow, use this Vitamin C serum: It helps even skin tone, brightens, and contains tons of antioxidants to prevent sun spots or hyperpigmentation from darkening. Use it both morning and evening to make your complexion look insanely radiant.
Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum, $150, joannavargas.com.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops
Sometimes, though, we're impatient and don't want to wait to see radiant results from our skincare regimens. (Or maybe you've slacked off a little bit and you're now in crunch time to get ready for your wedding. It's okay, it happens). If this applies to you, you need a product that will work right now and also give you long-term benefits. This little gem is just that: It's a liquid highlighter that contains pearls to give you an instant brightening boost, but it also contains a myriad of oils like coconut, jojoba, maracuja, and other cool-sounding oils that work in tandem to hydrate and rejuvenate over time.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, $32, sephora.com.