Greasy hair, oily skin, frying your oiled skin in the scorching sun? Not anymore. Gone are the days when ‘oil’ & ‘beauty’ did not belong in the same sentence.
Beauty oils deserve a place in every step of your grooming ritual & will moisturise, treat, nourish & protect you from top to toe. This is what you need to know about beauty oils & which ones to choose:
Your skin can retain moisture because it has a natural oily top layer. Unfortunately hot baths or showers, soap & extreme weather conditions strip away this protective layer which means premature ageing & lost elasticity. Oils, unlike moisturisers, are undiluted & give maximum protection to your skin. They are often multi-taskers & last long because you use relatively little of a product at a time. Plus there is one for every skin type & beauty problem.
To CLEANSE your skin effectively (ie get rid of all impurities & make-up) without doing any harm is important. But it can also be tricky, so you need the right product & know-how. Remember that oil attracts oil, meaning that an oil cleanser will bind with the oil in your makeup in order to remove it effectively. Even those with oily skin can benefit from the correct oil cleanser.
These two facial cleansing oils won’t dry out your skin out & double-up as make-up removers:
For a daily body wash choose Lipidol’s Cleansing Body Oil (R79.95 for 175ml, at Clicks). You might not even need to moisturise after your shower, as this oil cleanser protects your skin’s natural protective oil layer. Love the fresh lime scent too!
If the amout of available moisturising body oils on the market overwhelms you, then fear not. I’ll help you to pick. Yip, for MOISTURISING & improved elasticity, these babies are spot on:
Oh-Lief Natural Body Oil with Green Rooibos & Roman Chamomile (R199, 100 ml, available from ohlief.com & selected branches of Woolworths) is a proudly South African organic product. Spray it directly onto your skin or in your bath water for some relaxation. For a smooth, toned skin combine Mio The Activist Body Firming Active Oil (R645, 120 ml), with plenty of exercise & a balanced diet. Nivea’s Q10 Firming Body Oil (R99.99) – with avocado oil & Q10 – promises an improvement in your skin’s elasticity in as little as two weeks.
TREAT your skin, hair & nails with these trusted products:
Kiehl’s’ so-called ‘sleep in a bottle’ (aka Midnight Recovery Concentrate: R665, 30ml) is a natural product that restores, rejuvenates & strengthens while you sleep nogal.
The product that got the beauty world buzzing about argan oil is still a winner. Yup, the Moroccanoil Treatment (R470, 100 ml) can be used on wet or dry hair. I speak from experience when I say: you’ll soon have smooth, manageable, healthy hair. Guaranteed.
When you are fed up with stretch marks, scars & uneven skin tone, try a daily treatment oil like:
Nail those dry cuticles with the little Nourishing Nail Oil Tsamma Aromatic Blend dinky from Kalahari (R90). It contains a blend of Kalahari watermelon (Tsamma), soy bean & sweet almond oil.
Oils can even be used to PROTECT. Lipidol’s Sunscreen Oil with a SPF 20 (R79.95, Clicks) is perfect for some sun protection during the colder winter months.
Keep your skin protected against time with Beaute Pacifique’s Corpus Paradox Body Oil (R1250). It contains two types of Vitamin E & highly active ingredients like Resveratrol that extends the lifetime of your cells. Use it on your entire body. Order here.
Oils can even be used to STYLE & make you look more polished.
For soft lips with a little gloss & color try Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (R250, available in raspberry & honey).
Davines’s OI / OIL (R230 for 50ml at Carlton hair salons nationwide) – ideal for styling, heat protection & as a hair mask.
Oils can even be used on your brows. Eylure Brow Nourishing Oil (R108.99 only at Dis-Chem) contains argan oil to condition & keep those bushy babies in place.
There you have it: everything you need for a well-oiled beauty routine. Hope you are keen to start introducing oil in every step of your beauty regime right away.