What Are Face Oils and Why Should I Care?

Produced by Allure with Burt’s Bees

Oil is one of the last things you’d think you should smear on your face (that, and maybe pizza). But face oils are kind of like the super heroes of skin care, able to cleanse and moisturize. (Try Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oil if you have normal or dry skin—the scent alone will make you a convert. But beyond that, while it removes the most tenacious mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick, the coconut and argan oils leave good, skin-hugging oils behind on your face—so your skin is left feeling softer and looking healthier.)

Face oils are actually more lightweight than olive oil, so they absorb quickly and won’t clog pores or make zits erupt. Many oils, like the one from Burt’s Bees, moisturize especially well because they contain essential fatty acids that mimic your skin’s natural protective barrier; they basically fill in the gaps where it’s damaged.

They can even make your moisturizer work better because oils are really good at retaining skin’s moisture balance and reinforcing skin’s protective barrier, the way nature intended it to be. So forget what you thought you knew about oils and your skin and give it a try. You may not get a medal, but your skin will glow like gold nonetheless. —Emily Davis