Whilst it can be tempting – particularly as the cold weather really hits, super hot baths and showers exacerbate dry skin; combined with central heating reducing moisture levels in the air, our skin can be left feeling a little sad. Whilst faces are slathered in all manor of moisturisers, serums and balms during the winter months, it’s easy to forget about the skin on your body once you layer up in your woolies but it is important not to neglect below your neckline.
I’m not the most reliable when it comes to body care at the best of times but I have been making a(nother) conscious effort to remember to apply oil or body lotion (or both) after my bath (we are still shower-less unfortunately). My body skin is so dry at the moment so practically everything I apply gets sucked up pretty quickly!
I thought I would share some of oils I am currently loving in a bid to combat the dryness – both personally and in my kit.
In My Bathroom
As with facial skincare I return to products time and time again if I like them and Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil (£26.25) is just one of those products. Jojoba, sesame and macadamia base oils are blended with orange, davana (an aromatic herb with a tea like fragrance) and vanilla to create a beautiful rich body oil. Despite it’s luxurious feel it sinks in pretty quickly and leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished. It is designed for ageing skin but in all honesty I think it would work for anyone.
If you want something a little lighter then another Weleda favourite is the Citrus Refreshing Body Oil (£17.75)
Trevano Bath & Body Oil (£16.00) is an oil I discovered a few years ago and every so often I repurchase as a treat to myself. There are four oils in the collection – my favourite being the Lavender, Geranium and Palmerosa one. Packaged in beautiful coloured glass bottles, they are intensive but lightweight and feel (and smell) quite decadent.
Another go-to is an oil I’ve been using on and off for a few years now. Beauty Kitchen Chill Me Sensitive & Age Defying Body (£8.00). Possibly the lightest and least intensive of the oils I use on a regular basis, it has a lovely spicy, woody scent which I really like. The pipette style dropper means that it is clean to use (no oil getting everywhere) but also that it is great for adding some drops to a body lotion for extra hydration! I’ve discovered a pipette of this mixed with a few pumps of Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion (£19.95) are a dream combo!!
Sadly it now only seems to be available on the Holland and Barrett website and not on the Beauty Kitchen site so I imagine (given the old style packaging) that this has been (or being) discontinued.
Finally, the most recent addition to my bathroom is the Evolve Super Berry Body Oil (£24.00). I’ve only used it a couple of times so far but it’s lightweight and sinks in immediately without oily residue and it smells simply delicious!!! I’ll keep you posted on this when I’ve given it a bit more of a run out.
In My Kit
Although I usually use a body lotion in my kit (more about these another time), I always have a body oil or two in my pro kit as invariably I need to refresh the appearance of legs or arms on a shoot (such as in the main image above).
As with my own bathroom, Weleda’s Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil makes a regular appearance, as does their Calendula Baby Oil (£11.50). The latter is sometimes switched out for Green People’s Organic Babies Nurturing Baby Oil (£12.00) – they possibly seems like an odd choice for my kit but are lightweight oils and pretty inert in terms of ingredients (ideal when you don’t know who you’ll get in the chair) and so definitely not a product which is reserved solely for babies!
What are your favourite body oils?
Images: (1) Dove – Makeup by Me; (2,3) LJS -OMUA (2021)