Because, let's face it, winter is coming.
Why Your Skin Needs Oils
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When the temperatures drop outside, and the dry, blasting heat cranks up inside, your regular ol' moisturizer just won't cut it. Oils are your BFF come winter, packing a hefty hit of hydration that can make all the difference. Plus, they're not just for your skin anymore! There are new formulas that work on everything from your lips to your scalp. Ahead, eight of our faves—for every spot, head to toe—to help you defeat dryness all season long.
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SCALP: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essential Drops Scalp Treatment
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Itchy winter scalp got you down? This blend of essential and vegetable oils not only soothes and cools irritation (thanks, peppermint oil), it also helps balance your scalp's natural oil production. All you have to do is massage it into wet hair before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
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HAIR: Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope & Repair Oil
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Organic coconut oil in this bargain buy is ideal for helping prevent hair breakage and split ends, not to mention adding much-needed hydration. Plus, the tropical coconut and ylang-ylang scent will make you feel like you're lounging on a beach—always a nice thing in the dead of winter.
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CLEANSING: Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Oil
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Keeping your complexion hydrated starts with the cleanser you use; that's why a cleansing oil is a great pick for this time of year, helping to dissolve oil and makeup without stripping your skin. This gentle formula is made with 100 percent skin-loving grapeseed oil and is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so there's no need to worry about irritation or clogged pores.
FACE: Shiffa Emerald Clarifying Face Oil
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Yes, you can use a face oil, even if you have oily skin. The secret? Choose one with oils that are high in linoleic acid, which are ideal for nourishing oily skin types and helping to prevent breakouts, too. This formula fits the bill—plus, true to its name, it has an emerald at the bottom of every bottle to promote love and prosperity. Um, yes please.
LIP: Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil
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This isn't your mama's Chapstick. The latest iteration from the classic brand contains a blend of oils rich in omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, plus nourishing vitamin E and antioxidant-rich vitamin C. Insider tip: Swipe this on, then top with a lip balm to lock in all that hydration. (Try one of these 10 moisturizing lip products that go way beyond basic balm.) It also comes in a tinted version, for those who prefer a hint of color.
BODY: Volition Moringa Silk Body Spray
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Okay, we get it. Even the lightest body oils are going to make your skin more slick than standard lotion, meaning they're not the best thing to use in the morning before getting dressed. That's when this spray version comes up big. This combo of moringa, meadowfoam, sweet almond, macadamia nut, borage, and sunflower seed oils packs a hydrating punch, but the spritz still absorbs within seconds, and leaves behind no residue. So yes, you'll still be able to put on your skinny jeans.
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NAIL: CND Solar Oil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner
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When there's no time for a mani, a swipe of this oil is the next best thing. It instantly smooths dry, ragged cuticles and makes nails look healthy and shiny. Credit the blend of sweet almond, jojoba, and rice bran oils.
MULTITASKING: Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil
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With oils sourced from all over the world, this is the ultimate multitasker. Use it as a leave-in conditioner for your hair, or spray it on skin to hydrate, reduce redness, and even help fade scars. Not to mention that the sophisticated rose scent means it can double as perfume, too.