Smooth as silk - our beauty panel's top 5 oils
Oils are amazing, says our beauty expert, who has the panellists' top five superb slick saviours
There was a time when the only oils we Irish put near our skin was the baby oil we used to boost our tanning (burning). The smell of hot baby oil will return many a child of the 1970s to their back garden during a heatwave. Oil was not something we used in skincare, however. These days, we know that oils in skincare don't make the skin oily. We even accept that oily skin can benefit from certain oils. On the face, body and hair, we know that there is a certain elasticity and glow that you can only get from an oil. We've embraced the slippery stuff as the remedy for a crepey neck and know that a teeny bit of oil pressed over weary make-up will bring it back to life again. Which is not to say that any of us want to go around looking greasy, which will never happen with this favourite five.
Editor's best buy: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, €32, Arnotts; Kiehl's shops, 35 Wicklow St, D2 and Dundrum Town Centre, D16
All oil cleansers say that they wash away with no residue, but we know that's not always true. This cleanser, based on the same botanical oils as the brand's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, does not mislead. The oil slides through make-up, but when you add water, it transforms into a light lotion and rinses away completely. "It left my skin feeling lovely," said a panellist. "Clean, but not squeaky or slimy."
Best Shower Soother
Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Anti-Irritation Shower Oil, €7.50, pharmacies nationwide
A lot of us know that itchy, crawling feeling on our skin when we get out of the shower, and skipping sudsy washes can help. Often, though, when you skip the suds, you don't feel clean. This shower oil cleanses well but promises to create a lipid layer on the skin - an oily barrier that doesn't feel oily. This is suitable for people with skin complaints such as psoriasis or eczema, as well as easily irritated types. "A great daily wash," a panellist said, "and a nice shave gel."
Best Nice Nails
CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, €14.95, for salons nationwide, see loveCND.com
If you get long-wear manicures, then nail oil is a must. Oil can permeate the long-wear polish, and daily use will keep the manicure intact for longer and make removal easier. It will also help towards keeping the nail underneath from drying out and becoming damaged. This is a great oil to keep on your desk or by the bed. "Paint it on like polish and reap the rewards of a shinier manicure and healthy nails afterwards," a panellist said. "Painless and so worth it."
Bio-Oil, €9.99, available nationwide
Ask anyone with scars and they will tell you that Bio-Oil is a godsend. It's wonderfully emollient, it works well to fade and soften scars, and it's very good value. It doesn't cost the earth, so you can happily slap it on extravagantly. It includes vitamins A and E, to support the skin, as well as oils of lavender and camomile, to calm. It's great as a face oil for dryness, and a lot of people never go on holiday without it for helping with parched skin and for a leave-in hair conditioner. "Every home should and probably does have some," a panellist said. "Inoffensively excellent."
Best Body Buddy
Vichy Ideal Body Oil, €23, pharmacies nationwide
This nutty-smelling oil is ostensibly a body product, but the bottle says you can use it on face and hair, too, making it ideal for holidays. Hypoallergenic, with no parabens, it's gentle but nourishing, with macadamia and jojoba oils, among others. The spray can be tricky to manage when you have oily hands, but the result is skin that feels like it has a soft barrier to irritation. "Love this and love its shimmery sister (€25)," one panellist said. "A dry finish, but no more dry skin."
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