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For fragrant, glossy hair

Kérastase Elixir Ultime ($55.5 for 125ml; kerastase.co.uk) is a new scented hair oil containing its hair-taming ‘Oleo complexe’. Tailored to four hair types, from fine and sensitised to colour-damaged.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime ($55.5 for 125ml; kerastase.co.uk)

Kérastase Elixir Ultime ($55.5 for 125ml; kerastase.co.uk)

For split ends

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue (63.5 for 150ml, shuuemuraartofhair.com) contains camelia oil to condition hair and give it a glossy shine. Use it before you wash your hair or as a leave-in conditioner to help beat straw-like tresses.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue

For extra TLC

Leave the corn germ oil, camelia oil and karanja oil-packed Phyto Subtil Elixir ($39 for 75ml; John Lewis and Selfridges) on your hair for 10 minutes once or twice a week before shampooing for a shine boost.

Phyto Subtil Elixir

Phyto Subtil Elixir

For repair

Ojon’s Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy ($46.5 for 45ml; ojon.co.uk), contains seven natural oils said to tackle damaged locks, fight frizz, and protect against heat damage. This treatment is designed to replenish lost oils. Massage a few drops in your palm, then apply to your hair before styling.

Ojon’s Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

Ojon’s Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

Your Body

There’s a reason why body builders slather it on – body oil flatters the contours of toned arms, backs and arms, and the latest formulations offer a range of benefits, from firming to detoxing and even the added benefit of minerals, depending on their formulations.

Elemis’ Lime & Ginger Salt Glow unguent body scrub is one of their bestsellers. But in the same way as rich oily bath oils leave an oil slick behind, your partner won’t thank you unless you clean the bath afterwards. Post-shower or bath, you can slather on oil-rich body butters and solid body balms, which deliver the healing benefits of essential oils in a solid oil carrier. Bear in mind that your skin can absorb up to 60 per cent of what you slather on to it, so make sure the oils you are using are organic and as natural as possible, to avoid chemical nasties. Apply body oils to wet skin to get the most moisturising benefits.

For spa R&R

For the ultimate in luxury oil treatments, head off to L’Andana Spa, on Tuscany’s Badiola Estate. ESPA’s signature Olive Oil and Lavender Body and Face Treatment ($76.9 for 110 minutes) uses ‘And’Olio’ extra virgin olive oil, fresh from the estate’s olive groves. ‘Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best-kept beauty secrets,’ says Elisa Silvestri, ESPA SPA manager at L’Andana. ‘Its antioxidants protect skin, improve elasticity and repair skin-damage – the perfect antidote to too much winter sun when skiing, or to festive junk food.’ A stay at L’Andana costs from $721pp for two nights’ b&b; andana.it.

ESPA’s signature Olive Oil and Lavender Body and Face Treatment ($76.9 for 110 minutes)

ESPA’s signature Olive Oil and Lavender Body and Face Treatment ($76.9 for 110 minutes)

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For sensuous skin

Shiffa’s Sensual Body Oil ($80 for 100ml; zuneta.com), is a balancing body oil made with jojoba, neem and calendula oils to deeply moisturise the skin. Scented with geranium and sandalwood, this oil will also invigorate the mind.

Shiffa’s Sensual Body Oil

Shiffa’s Sensual Body Oil

For inch loss

After 28 days’ use of Caudalíe Contouring Concentrate ($40.9 for 75ml; caudalie.com), trials showed an improvement of up to two grades of cellulite (which is graded from 0 – no visible cellulite when skin is pinched; to 3 – cellulite is visible when lying down).

Caudalíe Contouring Concentrate

Caudalíe Contouring Concentrate

For multi-purpose use

The Body Shop Beautifying Oils, ($14.5 for 100ml; bodyshop.co.uk) are multi-purpose dry oils for the body, face and hair that come in 11 core fragrances and contain Fair Trade Namibian marula nut oil, Hawaiian kukui nut oil and sweet almond oil.

The Body Shop Beautifying Oils

The Body Shop Beautifying Oils

For relaxation

Pour two capfuls of Blend Collective’s Silky Bath & Shower oil ($39.9 for 100ml; blendcollective.co.uk) into your bath or massage into skin during your shower. Sandalwood and other scents help you unwind.

Blend Collective’s Silky Bath & Shower oil

Blend Collective’s Silky Bath & Shower oil

For soft, smooth party skin

Ole Henriksen’s anti-inflammatory Lavender Body Oil ($49.5 for 355ml; Harvey Nichols) can be used on the skin after showering, as a body massage oil or a cleanser.

Ole Henriksen’s anti-inflammatory Lavender Body Oil

Ole Henriksen’s anti-inflammatory Lavender Body Oil

For an instant sheen

Champneys’ new Dream of Distant Shores Dry Body Oil ($16 for 100ml; Boots) is perfect for going straight from the gym to the Christmas party. It contains citrus, cedarwood and tropical fruit oils that won’t stain your party dress.

Champneys’ new Dream of Distant Shores Dry Body Oil

Champneys’ new Dream of Distant Shores Dry Body Oil

Your Diet

Beauty really does start from within. ‘Lack of essential fatty acids constitutes the most neglected aspect of a beauty regime for healthy, radiant skin,’ says Dr Udo Erasmus, author of the book Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill (Alive Books, $32). Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary for reducing inflammation in the body, which can accelerate ageing. However we can’t make EFAs ourselves, so we have to get them through diet. EFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids and the best-known are omega-3 and omega-6. We tend to get enough omega-6 (present in foods including meat, cooking oils, nuts, eggs and avocados) but need to eat more omega-3. Particularly rich food sources of omega-3 include oily fish such as sardines and salmon, flax seeds (also known as linseeds) and walnuts. These days, there are lots of capsules and oils containing these EFAs to help you easily reach your daily quotas.

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For great skin, hair and nails

Supplement your diet with Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend ($17.5 for 500ml; udoschoice.co.uk) and get the essential fatty acids you need for a healthy body and mind.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

For an organic beauty boost

Viridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil ($15 for 200ml; viridian-nutrition.com) is rich in omega-3, -6 and -9. Keep it in the fridge and add it to smoothies or salad dressings.

Viridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil

Viridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil

For dry skin and eczema

‘With incredibly high EPA and DHA levels, this fish oil has 700mg of omega-3 in each capsule,’ says nutritionist Dr Sam Christie. ‘Taking omega-3 fats mean skin is less likely to dry out and become prone to itching and redness. Nerve-fortifying high-potency fish oils are great for anyone suffering low energy or low mood through the winter, too.’ Try Nature’s Best Fish Oil ($23 for 180 capsules; naturesbest.co.uk).

Nature’s Best Fish Oil ($23 for 180 capsules; naturesbest.co.uk).

Nature’s Best Fish Oil ($23 for 180 capsules; naturesbest.co.uk).

 

 

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