What You Need to Know About This Instagram Famous Oil
This post originally appeared on Allure.
We all have those amazing products tucked away at the back of our bathroom cabinets. You know, the incredibly effective ones that we'll never be parted from but that are, well, not so pretty. We also have those products that live full-time on our vanity but never really see use: they're gorgeous but we only keep them around for the ambiance or a well-curated Instagram pic. Then every now and again a product comes along that ticks both boxes—something beautiful that also makes you look beautiful. And this is it.
Aside from its eminently Instagrammable cerulean hue, blue tansy oil—also known as Moroccan chamomile—is also packed with skin-saving benefits. "Blue tansy can be used as an antibacterial agent and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and soothe irritated skin," says dermatologist Annie Chiu. This makes it a great multipurpose tool to add to your skin-care arsenal. It's also great for sensitive skin types and those who suffer from eczema and rosacea (provided you keep an eye on the other ingredients it's mixed with to avoid potential irritants, notes Chiu).
Here are three of our favorite blue potions, just waiting to be showed off on Snapchat:
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil. It seems counterintuitive, but oily skin can be dehydrated too—which in turn leads it to produce even more oil. Get all the moisture you need without courting zits by applying a few drops of this all-natural sapphire elixir full of squalane and jojoba and kukui-nut oils.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon. This balm-to-serum makes a perfect post-chemical-peel skin soother. The botanically scented sky-blue paste melts as you rub it in, coddling skin and eliminating irritation right away.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil. The hydroxypinacolone retinoate in this night moisturizer does the work of a retinol but is gentler on skin. Avocado, grape, and chia-seed oils deeply hydrate while blue tansy and chamomile keep redness at bay.