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Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is one of the hottest skin care ingredients of the moment, and for good reason. “It’s anti-inflammatory, and collagen-boosting, so it’s great for anti-aging,” Gohara says. It can also be used to deeply soothe and hydrate skin by drawing moisture into the skin, promoting skin healing, Chwalek says. Manuka honey has natural antibacterial properties, too, so it can even be applied to the skin as a balm for things like skin infections, bites, and cuts. (Fun fact: It comes in essential oil form, too!)

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Lavender Oil

On top of the stress-relieving benefits that come from taking a whiff of this essential oil, lavender can also do wonders for your skin. It’s widely known for its antimicrobial properties and for helping speed the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes, and wounds, Chwalek explains. This oil also increases collagen production, making it a great anti-aging regiment for wrinkles, she says.

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Coconut Oil

While not all oils are necessarily hydrating, coconut oil is known to be the best hydrator and skin softener of the group, Gohara says. It actually helps improve skin water loss, which means it’s a great solution for those dealing with dry skin, or even eczema and psoriasis, Chwalek says. And, thanks to a fatty acid called lauric acid, it also has an antimicrobial effect, helping reduce the risk of any skin infection or irritation, she says. (Bonus: Unlike the essential oils, coconut oil can be applied to your skin directly without needing to mix with another oil first.) 

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Grapeseed Oil

Derived from grape seeds, this oil can be used all over for super-soft skin sans the greasiness, Gohara says. On your face, it can help fight acne (hello, anti-inflammatory properties!) and it can also keep your skin looking youthful. “Grapeseed oil is a really great antioxidant that helps slow down aging and build up collagen production,” she says. Say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles!

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Chamomile Oil

Consider chamomile your calming oil. “This essential oil is very gentle, so it’s great to soothe skin if you’re dealing with minor skin irritation or a sunburn,” Chwalek says. It can also hydrate, moisturize, and calm inflamed or uneven skin tones, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties.

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