Best Oils: Spring into nurtured, nourished skin
Spring may be just around the corner but my skin still has the winter blues. It's not surprising really. Even the dewiest of complexions would be feeling parched after months of enduring the lethal combination of cold weather and central heating.
Thankfully, operation illumination (or 'oil' for short) fights its battle with one key weapon. It requires just two or three drops of the aforementioned oil applied daily. And although dry skin will particularly love it (sweet almond oil is a favourite of this complexion type), even the oiliest skin will benefit from the extra nourishment it provides.
The trick is to spend a little time massaging it into your complexion, which has the added benefit of boosting circulation and giving tired skin a lift.
Then wait a few minutes to really let it sink into your skin before applying moisturiser. What lies beneath our winter clothes shouldn't be ignored either.
Here are some favourites.
Aromatherapy Associates Skin Treatment Oil, €47.75 (from aromatherapyassociates.com)
It's pricey, but this product does multi-task. Initially designed to heal scars, it's very comforting on extra-dry skin or a complexion that's been exposed to snow, wind or sun, thanks to its combination of lavender, vitamin E and rose oils.
A couple of drops also works wonders on heels and cuticles and don't forget to use its super-nourishing formula on your neck too.
DeMamiel Facial Oil, €70 (from demamiel.com)
Facialist Annee De Mamiel creates limited-edition bespoke oils that are formulated to reflect each of the four seasons.
Her winter blend of frankincense, rose, geranium and aragan, sea buckthorn and rosehip-seed oil really rejuvenated parched skin. Unfortunately it's just sold out but her spring version -- a revitalising mix of juniper, grapefruit, milk thistle and spearmint, to name a very few -- can be pre-ordered before its launch on March 20.
ESPA Replenishing Face Treatment Oil, €62 (espaonline.com)
The smell alone -- a gorgeous mix of neroli and sandalwood -- is almost enough to convince me that this restorative oil is working wonders.
Just a few drops left my complexion feeling smooth. This formulation is great for dry skin.
Dr Hauschka Lavender Bath Oil, €21
Be warned, this should only be used at night and in the comfort of your own home!
It's practically impossible not to feel relaxed and ready for bed after a few minutes spent soaking in this calming oil.
There's no need to use a body lotion afterwards; just make sure to pat yourself dry, otherwise you'll wipe away that lovely hydrating feeling.
This also double-jobs as a face mask. Just pour a couple of drops into a warm, damp facecloth and you're set.
The Body Shop's Moroccan Argan & Orange Bath/Shower Oil, €11.95
This versatile product is very moisturising, suits all skin types and boasts a subtle-ish scent.
Pai Rose Hip Oil Regenerate Oil, €24 (from Nelsons, 15 Duke St, Dublin 2)
Natalie Portman reportedly loves this brand, so it seems we have something in common!
The USP of this organic oil is its key ingredient of concentrated rosehip oil, which means that it has twice the regenerative sterols and five times the caretonoids of seed oil.
Apply on damp skin at night. It's lightweight, reasonably dry in texture and about two to three drops will leave skin smoother. Can also be used on stretch marks. Particularly good for normal or combination complexions.
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, €44
This leaves even the most neglected skin feeling silky smooth, and it's brilliant for those lazy days when applying body lotions feels like too much of a chore.
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