Plus, five different ways to incorporate it into your routine
Winter is fast approaching, which unfortunately means dry hair, parched skin and chapped lips are all on the horizon. If you’re looking to avoid the telltale effects of winter and sail through the colder months with gloriously hydrated hair, skin and lips, then it’s time you considered incorporating more oils into your beauty routine.
In fact, oils should be an essential component of your everyday regimen as they concentrate on plumping skin while delivering hydration, nourishment and radiance for any and all skin types. So, beat the winter blues this year and make the switch to these oil-enriched products that won’t dry you out.
Simply put, skin is categorised as dry when it lacks oil (fun fact: dehydrated skin is when you lack water). As a result, it’s always a good option to turn to an oil-based cleanser. Not only will it loosen surface dirt, makeup and other impurities like any ol’ cleanser, but the oils in the formula ensures it’s extra nourishing so your skin is left soft and smooth rather than dry and tight. The anti-inflammatory botanicals including calendula and moringa oil in Erno Laszlo’s Sensitive Cleansing Oil will also help to improve your skin’s overall texture.
While conditioners work wonders when it comes to nourishing dry winter strands, they can leave your hair feeling heavy and lifeless. Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Conditioner with Almond Oil works to soften and strengthen your hair without leaving it limp. The magic ingredient? Almond oil. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E and magnesium, almond oil will protect and hydrate your hair from the inside out.
Your lips don’t have any oil glands, which is why keeping them luscious and hydrated can feel like a full-time job. Especially in winter, when the changes in temperatures as you go from the outside cold to a well-heated room zap them of what little moisture they have. To save your lips, you need a quality lip balm packed with oils that are hardcore moisturisers. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm trades the parabens and petroleum found in many typical formulas for natural ingredients such as beeswax, castor seed oil, peppermint oil and soybean oil.
While there’s a tendency to up the ante on your moisturiser (think heavy and rich formulas) when the cooler months roll around, lightweight creams enriched with oils are just as effective because oils are able to quickly penetrate your skin. Sukin’s Facial Moisturiser contains three top choices: rosehip oil, avocado oil and sesame seed oil.
A few drops of an anti-ageing oil on your face and neck each morning and night can help avoid the dreaded dryness and flakiness that comes with winter skin, while also minimising the appearance of wrinkles once they appear (because guess what, wrinkles are a year-round issue!). If you’re after an all-rounder that promises to hydrate, soothe, revitalise and protect against fine lines, make sure you choose an oil with plenty of peptides, along with antioxidants like vitamin C. Go-To Skin Care’s Face Hero is packed full of natural oils, like rosehip oil, calendula oil and arnica oil, which will go a long way towards keeping your skin moisturised, bright and youthful on chilly days.
Looking to overhaul your skin care routine further? Then learn why you need to start using vitamin A in your 20s and find out if you’re using the wrong product to wash your face.
Are oils already a big part of your beauty routine? Let us know what your favourites are in the comments below.
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.