WELL-OILED MA­CHINE

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We feel the same way about face oils as we do about iPhones: How did we man­age with­out them? But among the oils flood­ing the mar­ket, not all are bot­tled with their max­i­mum pow­ers in­tact; some ex­trac­tion tech­niques yield su­pe­rior for­mu­las. KIEHL’S Daily Re­viv­ing Con­cen­trate ($51) fea­tures ginger root and tamanu oils, as well as in­flam­ma­tion-quelling sun­flower seed oil, which has been steam-dis­tilled twice for a more po­tent re­sult, says Dr. Ge­off Ge­nesky, head of Kiehl’s Lab­o­ra­tory. The process is also “very re­spect­ful [of the oil’s prop­er­ties],” he adds. And as if it were the pro­duce in cold-pressed juice, the black cumin, rose­hip and camel­lia seed oils in THE BODY SHOP Oils of Life In­tensely Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Fa­cial Oil ($44) are ex­tracted in the same way to pre­serve each in­gre­di­ent’s com­plex­ion-boost­ing pow­ers. SKYN ICE­LAND also used the cold-press tech­nique for its Arc­tic Face Oil ($39), which was con­ceived af­ter a par­tic­u­larly rough east coast win­ter. “My skin and hair be­came so dry that I started us­ing oil ev­ery­where,” says New York-based founder Sarah Kugel­man. Her sal­va­tion: camelina, the anti-in­flam­ma­tory, omega-rich ex­tract of an alpine flower that can with­stand bone-chill­ing tem­per­a­tures. —Sarah Daniel

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