13 May, 2016 Top Six: Nourishing Beauty Oils For Face and Body
At this time of year, with more skin on show, I’m super conscious of dry and bumpy patches. Although I’ve never been one for stripping off at the first sign of sunshine, I still like to feel prepped and ready, should the need to wear lighter clothes arise. For me, the quickest and easiest way to hydrate my pins and feel more body confident, is to get busy with beauty oils. Whether they’re targeted at your complexion, hands, legs or all combined, rich, silky oils instantly inject skin with a deep boost of nourishment.
The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£33) has been a favourite of mine for years. This lightweight, balancing facial oil helps to regulate sebum production, hydrate skin, and smooth out drier areas. The scent is divine, and it feels incredibly luxurious upon application. I’ve picked up three bottles of this stuff since first discovering it, and can imagine I’ll have this in rotation for years to come.
MOA sent me their Aphrodite Facial Oil* (£20) a few months back, and I have a full review of it and their gorgeous bath potion here. This charming little oil is incredibly nourishing, although it does occasionally feel too rich on my oily-combination skin. It’s packed with nutrients and natural extracts to promote moisture retention and give a more supple look to the skin, making it perfect for mature or dry complexions. It smells very fresh and clean, and the bottle is just gorgeous. Although it’s for the face, I add a few drops to arms, hands and cuticles when I apply to my skin.
I rarely opt for moisturising primers, which is why I was so surprised when I discovered how much I adore the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil* (£28). I will give this a full review soon, although for now let me just say that this is one of the best products I’ve used from the entire Smashbox brand. It’s packed with argan oil, chamomile, lavender and jojoba, and can be used in so many ways – as a primer under makeup, on it’s own, as a hydrating oil for dry patches on the body, and as a mixing fluid for dry and liquid makeup. On no makeup days I like to mix a drop with my Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Moisturiser for a super natural, fresh look. Test this out the next time you’re at a Smashbox counter – I bet you’ll be surprised at how much you like this!
One of my favourite beauty oils for the body, is The Body Shop’s French Lavender Massage Oil* (£14). It’s slightly warming on the skin, and the gorgeous lavender scent is perfect after a bath, and just before bed. I sometimes add a drop or two to my shower gel or cream for the added hydrating benefits.
For a bath and body oil hybrid, I’m really enjoying the Mandara Spa Tropical Bloom Beauty Oil with Jasmine and Ylang Ylang* (£7.50). It’s cheap, the packaging is really pretty, and the compact size makes it great for holiday. I always find that hotels never have decent bath oils or foams, so this will come in handy on my holiday to Mykonos in June!
Last up is a dry oil, and it’s the Aurelia Firm and Revitalize Dry Body Oil (£48). Of all the beauty oils in my collection, this is the one I rely on the most for making skin look seriously glossy and healthy. It’s great to apply before an event, and the lightweight texture means it absorbs instantly and doesn’t transfer to clothes. Although pricey, a little goes a long way, and it makes for a seriously luxe treat when you’re getting dolled up.
For more skincare and bodycare goodness, check out my Top Six: Treatments, Oils and Serums!
What are your favourite beauty oils? Share in the comments!
Have a fantastic weekend!