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If you want radiant skin and lustrous hair all through the party season, take a look at the latest trend in beauty

Whether you want silky smooth legs, a blemish-free complexion, glossy hair, or simply want to look your best for the party season, there’s a beauty oil that can help. With their nutrientrich credentials, plus a host of moisturising, balancing and regenerative properties, beauty oils have fast taken over serums and balms as the wonder product of the year.

With their nutrientrich credentials, plus a host of moisturising, balancing and regenerative properties, beauty oils have fast taken over serums and balms as the wonder product of the year.

With their nutrientrich credentials, plus a host of moisturising, balancing and regenerative properties, beauty oils have fast taken over serums and balms as the wonder product of the year.

Clarins, Decléor and Darphin were some of the first beauty companies to introduce the concept of botanical face and body oils. And now a host of cult brands have followed suit, including Neal’s Yard, Ole Henriksen, ESPA, Aromatherapy Associates, Liz Earle and organic spa brands such as Ila.

You can use beauty oils in a variety of ways to seal in essential moisture, either during or after a shower, like a naturally protective skin barrier – after all, our skin naturally produces its own oil called sebum.

Oils can also tame frizzy hair and add a sexy sheen to party skin, when applied to your décolleté, arms and shins. If you don’t like the greasy feel of oils, a new generation of ‘dry’ oils are easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a slick behind.

‘Oils have been used for centuries in skin and haircare all over the world, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia,’ says Sandrine Sylva, from Argan+, which makes Moroccan argan oil products. ‘Oils are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other valuable nutrients for the skin, helping regenerate skin cells while being deeply replenishing, nourishing, softening and rebalancing.’

And with the cold front of winter edging in, making dry and chapped skin a problem for many, there’s no better time of year to experience their benefits. ‘The effects of central heating and cold weather can leave skin dehydrated and sensitive,’ says Kerstin Florian’s Dawn Spurgeon. ‘Essential oils help create a conditioning protective layer and lock in hydration. During the festive season, we expose ourselves to more free-radical damage by eating rich food, drinking alcohol and burning the candle at both ends.’

Here’s the lowdown on the best face, body and hair oils to leave you glowing with health in no time.

Your Face

Just a drop or two of oil (containing micro-molecules small enough to penetratethe skin) when used beneath your moisturiser, can help the moisture sink deeper in to the dermal layers than simply using moisturiser alone. At the end of the day, an oil-based cleanser will help to clear pores of built up grime and prevent outbreaks. At night, a rich face oil can be a deeply nourishing replacement for your regular night cream. Natural sebum levels fall as we age, so skin, particularly in winter, needs a helping hand.

At night, a rich face oil can be a deeply nourishing replacement for your regular night cream.

At night, a rich face oil can be a deeply nourishing replacement for your regular night cream.

You may think that putting an oil onto an oily skin would make matters worse and that oils are better suited to dry skin, but the opposite may be true, depending on the oil’s formulation. In the same way that harsh anti-acne products can strip away the skin’s naturally protective acid mantle layer (causing the complexion to churn out more oily sebum to compensate), a beauty oil can actually help regulate how much oil your skin naturally produces. Just ensure you find the right formulation for greasy skin and use it sparingly. We know that tea tree has great anti-bacterial properties for treating spots, but face oils have other uses, from oil-based cleansers, to solid balms and unguent face oils.

Wind down

At bedtime, massage in Dream Face Oil by Heaven Skincare, $40.55 for 25ml; heavenskincare.com, with jasmine, lavender and geranium to nourish skin and help you nod off.

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For deep cleansing

Shu Uemura’s Ultimate8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil ($54.5 for 150ml; shuuemera.co.uk) scores highly in trials and is said to help eight skin problems. It smoothes, moisturises, revitalises and nourishes the skin.

Shu Uemura’s Ultimate8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura’s Ultimate8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

For oily skin types

ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil ($84.9 for 28ml; espaonline.com), formulated with clarifying lemon, rose geranium, soothing rose damascena and hydrating avocado, restores equilibrium to stressed, congested or dehydrated oily skin without blocking your pores.

ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil

ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil

For a plumped complexion

Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Face & Décolletage Oil ($44.9 for 15ml; barefoot-botanicals. com) is a light, rosacea-friendly oil that instantly rejuvenates, thanks to the rosa mosqueta oil it contains – a magic wand for party-worn, blemished skin, and wrinkles.

Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Face & Décolletage Oil

Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Face & Décolletage Oil

For dehydrated eyes

Use Dr Hauschka’s Eye Contour Day Balm ($45.5 for 10ml; drhauschka.co.uk) in the morning for rich eye protection against crow’s feet. It contains castor seed, peanut, jojoba and apricot kernel oils.

Dr Hauschka’s Eye Contour Day Balm

Dr Hauschka’s Eye Contour Day Balm

For winter protection

Pat a few drops of Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Oil ($44 for 15ml; kerstinflorian. co.uk) over clean skin, add to your moisturiser or use bi-weekly instead of night cream. It contains nurturing bitter orange flower and marjoram oils.

Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Oil

Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Oil

For radiance

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil ($42.9 for 30ml; nealsyardremedies.com) is a blend of frankincense, myrrh, baobab and omegarich botanical oils that’ll tone your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil

Your Hair

The use of oils for hair is something of a science, according to oleotherapy hair expert and author Julie Gabriel. ‘Oils help regulate sebum production in your scalp in the same way face oils work on your skin,’ she explains. Heavier oils such as shea butter and castor-oil (which has quite a following for its alleged hair-stimulating properties) have larger molecules that can weigh flyaway hair down. Lighter oils such as avocado or almond are suited to most hair types. Argan oil is best used to add gloss to medium-to-thick hair, as it’s quite viscous. Lighter, drier oils such as coconut and grape seed are ideal for fine, flyaway hair. Clarified jojoba is lighter still, having had its wax removed.

For a weekly deep-conditioning hair treatment, work your chosen oil into dampened hair, pop on a shower cap, and lie back in the bath for 20 minutes. The heat helps the oil to sink in to your hair shafts. You may have to shampoo it out two to three times, before following with your regular conditioner. Experiment to see what works best for your hair type.

Tame the frizz

Specialists from John Frieda to Kérastase, Ojon to Fushi are offering high-tech oil products for frizz or curl control and damaged hair. The award-winning success of Philip Kingsley’s pre-cleansing hair mask ‘The Elasticizer’ is in part due to its natural castor and olive oil content that helps ‘lock in’ moisture and fortifies hair’s keratin proteins. Moroccan argan oil is used in Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil ($25.5 for 100ml; fushi.co.uk).

Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil ($25.5 for 100ml; fushi.co.uk).

Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil ($25.5 for 100ml; fushi.co.uk).

 

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