Sometimes, less is more — especially when it comes to your skincare routine. You can end up doing more damage than good if you’re slathering a multitude of products on instead of finding a multitasking version that works just as effectively. Fruit oils — yes, the good stuff that’s extracted from some of our fave healthy snacks — are worth considering when replacing some of your traditional skincare products. Keep reading to find out which ones are best for your skin type.
Raspberry Oil: Raspberries are packed with a ton of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that fight aging, help maintain elasticity and keep the skin soft. “Raspberry oil has UVB support, so it absorbs those harmful rays that can damage the skin which shows in fine lines and dark spots,” says Justine Kahn, esthetician and founder of Skin Remedy in San Francisco. “It’s also anti-inflammatory, so it’s a fantastic oil to use to calm and soothe irritated skin.” If you’re dealing with sunburn, eczema, or just generally angry skin, it could be a total game changer. Incorporate it into your routine by adding a few drops to your favorite moisturizer so it doesn’t feel greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin.
If you want to get your raspberry oil on in a different way, try Arcona Raspberry Clarifying Pads ($32). The fruit oil still works its hydrating powers on your skin but helps to purify gunked-up pores with its antimicrobial properties.
Tomato Oil: Just like raspberry oil, tomato oil is chock full of good-for-your-skin antioxidants, but the high levels of beta-carotene (which neutralize harmful free radicals), zinc, iron, and copper are unique to this fruit. “Tomato oil is awesome for the skin because of its ability to help repair damaged skin, which is key if you’re prone to breakouts,” Kahn explains. “It also has a ton of vitamin E, which keeps your skin looking perky and supple.”
Work a product like Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask ($16) into your routine for extra clear skin. This DIYable mask lets you customize your mixing ingredient — like yogurt, water, or honey — depending on how your skin is behaving. It even comes with a built-in mixing bowl and measuring spoon!
Neem Oil: WTF is neem oil, you ask? It’s pressed from the fruit seeds of the neem, which is an evergreen tree. This under-the-radar oil is well-loved by estheticians like Kahn because it keeps your skin squeaky clean while maintaining a bright, radiant look. “I’m obsessed with it,” Kahn says. “I use it frequently on my clients with psoriasis and eczema because it’s a solid antiseptic, anti-fungal oil.”
A product like SUNDÃRI Neem & Avocado Balancing Moisturizer ($57) will give your skin the best of both worlds: mega hydration in the form of avocado oil and neem oil extract that will control sebum production, reduce wrinkles, and keep your skin even in tone.
Fig Oil: Figs are way more than a yummy, healthy fruit — they also provide a beneficial ingredient for skincare. “Figs have enzymes that help naturally exfoliate the skin and keep it looking polished,” according to Kahn. “If you have acne scars, sun spots, or age spots, fig oil could help fade them over time because it contains a ton of vitamin C.”
Scrub away dull skin and dark spots with Au Natural Organics Barbary Fig Scrub ($25) so that your best skin shines through. This gentle exfoliator opens up your pores while the fig oil serves up antioxidants that’ll brighten your skin and banish breakouts.
Kiwi Oil: This sweet fruit oil could seriously upgrade your skincare routine, especially if you’re focused on achieving a balanced and radiant complexion. “Kiwi oil is fantastic for rejuvenating the skin because of vitamins C and E,” Kahn says. “It also helps with cell turnover and works wonders on lightening dark under-eye circles.”
If you want to do work on those pesky bags, look for an eye cream with kiwi seed oil, like Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream ($36). Tap it on with your ring finger morning and night to break up the darkness and give extra love to that delicate area of skin.
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