Beauty: Oil formulas to help skin and hair survive winter
As mid-winter hits, freezing weather and parching central heating take a toll on both skin and hair. Loved for their ability to deliver a serious hit of hydration - and to lock it in, too - oil formulas are the way to go, writes Alice Ryan
Mazillo Gentle Cleansing Oil, £50, mazillo.com
Removing both grime and every trace of makeup - even waterproof - like a boss, this oil-to-milk formula leaves skin as soft and supple as it is squeaky clean. Powered by 11 Bulgarian plant oils, it’s also vegan and 100% natural.
Wildsmith Skin Vitality Shower Oil, £40, wildsmithskin.com
Enriched (and deliciously fragranced) with black pepper, ginger and cedarwood, this super-hydrating shower oil works wonders on dry and tight skin. Brilliantly, as well as removing dirt, it dissolves dead skin cells too.
PERL Cosmetics Nourishing Lash Oil, £22, perlcosmetics.com
Lashes looking a little lacklustre? Impressive results have seen this wand-applied oil treatment go viral. A blend of plant seed oils, including hydrating castor and nourishing argan, work to condition, strengthen and support natural growth.
Olverum Bath Oil, £43.50, uk.olverum.com
Few things are as restorative at the end of a cold winter’s day than a soak in a hot bath; add this beauty of a bath oil, which contains a secret complex of plant extracts to soothe both skin and mind, and the benefits will soar.
Angela Langford Angel Eyes Nourishing Eye Oil, £19.50, angelalangford.com
Lightweight yet potent, this morning-and-night oil targets the delicate eye area, always the first to show signs of stress, dehydration and ageing. Applied via a gently massaging rollerball, it deploys cucumber to depuff and argan and rosehip to soothe, smooth and repair.
Hair Veda Avani Hair Growth Oil, £29.99, hairveda.co.uk
Inspired by ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of alternative medicine, this 30-minute treatment is aimed at anyone wanting more plush and plentiful locks. Organic natural ingredients promise to stimulate cell growth and collagen production while balancing oils and banishing dandruff.
ilapothecary Feminine Happy Oil, £51, ilapothecary.com
Feeling a bit moody? Made with maca, the adaptogenic herb credited with reducing stress and boosting energy, this all-over, super-absorbing body oil is designed to salve both troubled skin and a troubled mind. Thanks to rose geranium and damascena, it smells amazing.
Wednesday Evening Glowdrate Facial Oil, £110, wednesdayevening.com
No, it’s not cheap. But a) a little goes a very long way and b) there’s almost nothing this facial oil doesn’t do. Apply just three drops to cleansed skin morning and night to hydrate, heal, balance, increase elasticity and protect against environmental stresses and free-radical damage.
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