Beauty oils…

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To get the lovely glow on the model’s skin for this shoot, I used a facial oil when preparing their skin. Oils are amazing – they nourish and soothe dry skins and can help to balance oily ones.

If you are looking to simplify your beauty regime or give your current one a boost, a facial oil could be the answer you are looking for. And of course – because we are in Organic September an organic one could be an even better answer.

Traditionally used at night, oils are the last step in your routine. Take the time to gently massage it into the skin. Warning – oils used at night can result in a greasy fringe in the morning!! However – a top tip from Melvita – mix your oil in with a few drops of one of their Extraordinary Waters and no oily residue is left on the skin. You can also use an oil in the morning, especially if you are very dry. They’ll help to give skin that healthy glow. If you’re worried about too much shine, then try mixing a couple of drops into your moisturiser to give that a boost. Avoiding the t-zone is also a good way to benefit from an oil during the day and keep the sheen in the right places.

There are so many oils available, most skincare brands will have their own blends. Here are a few I have used and loved –

For the looks above I used the Nurture Dry Skin Serum from Unique Naturals – you can read my review here.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is a favourite. Rosehip oil is great for many skin concerns including dryness, ageing, scarring and sun damage. Rosehip contains high levels of Trans-Retinoic Acid which converts to Vitamin A on the skin helping it to heal. Pai’s rosehip oil is extra potent due to its sourcing and production process.  Use it every night or as a treatment oil just when you need it. I use it when my skin is feeling dehydrated or in need of some attention.

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil – Nude are not organic but they are a high performance natural range. This is a brilliant oil. Packed full of omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 it will nourish and feed skin.

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex – I’ve mentioned this before, I love it. This is a blend of a few oils along with other plant extracts. This works great under make-up and the roller ball applicator makes it perfect for keeping in your bag for a freshen up later in the day.

You can of course keep it really simple and use a single oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond. This can also make it more cost effective. Neal’s Yard Remedies sell a good selection of single oils with a 100ml almond oil for under £10. Why not try mixing your own blend – then you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. Weleda also have a lovely almond oil.

Photography – Mike Blackett, Models – Juliette @ Models 1, Maddie @ Elite.

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2 Comments

  1. Laura
    17th September 2013 / 8:38 pm

    My favourite oils/serums are from yuli. They are biodynamic but have a lot of high tech actives. Love them.

  2. loudartford
    27th September 2013 / 5:43 am

    Ooh, I’ve not tried them – thank you – will check them out!

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