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GEMs Of Beauty: Fill ‘Er Up! 5 Oils For Your Beauty Regimen

bGEMs Of Beauty:
Fill ‘Er Up!
5 Oils For Your Beauty Regimen

You know how everything bad somehow becomes good again over time? Remember when eggs were branded as artery-cloggers and butter was the kiss of death, so people stopped making omelets and turned to trans-fats to cook their faux egg whites instead? Oopsie.  Honestly, if you want to have an egg sandwich for breakfast, be my guest. (Please do not get me started on faux gluten allergies, either!) Fry those eggs in butter or, even better, in a little bit of olive oil, get some crusty whole-grain bread, and enjoy.

The point is that fat and oils are not the enemy. Your brain needs fat for optimal functioning; ditto your cells and your skin; they need fat or you’re going to look like a wrinkly old crone decades before your time. Having well-nourished and plumped-up skin is impossible when you have no body fat—that’s why so many celebs who’ve starved themselves into a size zero turn to injectible fillers instead and end up looking worse than their wax double in Madame Tussaud’s.

So unless your skin is super, super oily (which it likely isn’t, as your teenage acne days have mercifully gone the way of your SATs), don’t think of skin oils as the enemy either.  Washing your skin with oil will not make your skin oilier—it’ll leave it soft and supple. And using oils as moisturizers, especially when your skin is very dry, can help protect your skin and drench it with hydration. Many skin oils are also multi-purpose, so you can use them on your cuticles or lips to keep them smooth, too. Take a look:

Vita-A-Kombi Oil

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I adore Karin Herzog’s versatile Vita-A-Kombi Oil, as it has the same smell as you find when walking into an upscale spa and leaves your skin super-velvety. It’s an nourishing blend of plant and seed oils and enriched with concentrated Vitamins A and E. If your skin is normal, a little will go a long way, and if it’s dry or damaged, apply a thin layer, let it soak in, and then apply your favorite moisturizer on top. You can also use it on your hands, your nails and cuticles, underneath your eyes, on your neck, and even on your lips to plump, hydrate, and repair. It comes in a small bottle that’s easy to stash in your purse, too.

Buy it for $55 at


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