16 Feb Are Oils What’s Missing from Your Body Care Routine?
We’re well and truly into the year of self-care and if you’ve decided to use your extra time to treat the skin on your body to the same luxury you do your face, you’re not alone. A post-shower routine can turn your limbs from dry and scaly to soft and smooth without much fuss at all. It’s a great habit to get into and one you’ll really be thanking yourself or come Winter.
And if you’re ready to kick your body care routine up a notch, nothing could be more luxurious than adding in a body oil. The ultimate in hydration, body oils do wonders for soothing dry and damaged skin and can even help to calm eczema, dermatitis and body acne.
Utilising the powers of botanical ingredients, many of which you’ll recognise from your favourite facial oils, body oils are the ultimate in nourishment and best served to warm and damp skin when you’re fresh out of the shower.
Whether you use them in combination with moisturiser or just on their own, the trick to making the most out of your body oil is to take some time out to massage it in. Circular motion starting from your toes and going clockwise up toward your heart will see you looking great, and probably feeling even better.
As for which ones to invest in, here are some of our favourites…
Not only will the bioactive botanical ingredients in this luxurious oil rehydrate and repair dry and compromised skin on your body, it also works to improve skin tone and texture. Lightweight and quick drying, everything from the scent to the ingredient list enhances the experience of using this body oil. Expect to see real benefits from the essential fatty acids, omegas, polyphenols and free radical fighting antioxidants it contains.
Plant extracts are delicately blended with richly hydrating and soothing macadamia oil to help nourish your body and provide long-lasting calm. And, if you prefer to shower in the evenings, your senses will benefit from the calming and relaxing aromas of the Lavender. With properties that help you sleep, we can’t think of a better way to wind down at bed time. This lightweight oil sinks in quickly so you can pull on your PJs straight away and provides days of hydration.
While it’s technically a serum, we’re including this incredible body product from Biologi as it gives your limbs everything you want from a body oil, plus even more. It’s made from Finger Lime that is carefully extracted to retain all of its amazing Phyto-nutrients including potent Vitamin C and ferulic acid. It works to hydrate while also providing much-needed antioxidants that strengthen the skin and lock in moisture to soothe and repair simultaneously. It feels amazing on your skin and is free from fragrance, parabens and anything artificial so sensitive skin types will fall particularly hard for this one.
Could there be a better way to finish your morning shower then lathering your body in a quick-drying and ultra-hydrating body oil that not only helps to slow the signs of aging but also offers high levels of sun protection? No, we’re not sure there is. While it may be formulated for your face (and it’s very good at treating that too), we love this dry oil for the décolleté, hands and upper body areas that get the most sun exposure. It contains chia seed oil which is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids as well as a combination of physical and chemical UVA and UVB blockers. It’s a treat for your skin now and into the future.
Simple yet effective, squalane is a multi-use super hydrator that both provides moisture and nourishment to your skin while working to lock it in and prevent you from drying out throughout the day. This oil is really lightweight and instantly makes your body feel soft and smooth while also giving you an enviable glow. It’s free from synthetic fragrances, parabens and mineral oils so all skin types can enjoy the soothing effects, even people suffering from sensitised skin or conditions like eczema.
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