This week our beautiful beauty bloggers are exploring all types of beauty oils–one of the hottest trends this year. It may seem counterintuitive, but After 40 our skin changes and that usually includes getting drier so having a cleansing oil that takes off stubborn makeup, a body oil to restore hydration and a hair oil to fight the frizzies are all must haves!
Best Body Oil:
L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil ($40) - Enriched with almond oil, rich in omega-6, and Cameline oil, rich in omega-3, the Almond Supple Skin Oil softens the skin, leaving it feeling toned and more supple. In addition, the formula integrates silicium which effectively fights lack of firmness by promoting skin’s support tissue synthesis. Skin is firmer and smoother making this oil ideal for pregnancy or periods of weight loss. Awesome!
The fragrance is soft and light with a sweet almond scent. After your shower or bath while your skin is still damp, pump a few drops into your palm and massage into your skin. It absorbs super fast and is NOT greasy. I can’t stop rubbing my legs together after applying this, my skin feels amazing AND using this oil for just a few days made my heat rash disappear!
Best Cleansing Oil:
Boscia Make-Up Breakup Cleansing Oil ($26) – this takes ALL my makeup off, including stubborn waterproof mascara, eye liner and hard-to-remove sunscreen. This saves me a step at night so I have more time watch trash TV. The oil doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stretched and leaves NO residue behind.
So here’s the way it works–I rub a pump full of the oil between my fingers and massage into my dry face–this breaks up the makeup, sunscreen etc. Then I splash my face with plain water and massage again–then apply a tinch of Make-Up Breakup oil between my fingers and apply to my eyes to get all my eye makeup off then rinse. When the water touches the oil, it immediately emulsifies into a milky cleanser and I massage into my face and neck for a few minutes–it breaks down and becomes much thinner. You do want not to use too much–it should melt into our skin. I then pat dry and my skin feels amazing! Super hydrated but not the least bit greasy–this is how I wish my skin felt all day every day–as soft and supple as my Aunt Flo’s old kidd gloves. Normally after cleansing I would use a toner and sometimes I still do but I find that a toner will make my skin feel stripped again which is what Boscia Make-Up Breakup happily doesn’t do! I don’t really need a toner, because this cleansing oil does such a thorough job of eliminating all my tough makeup. Some skin types may, however, want to do a second cleansing.
Best Hail Oil:
Marc Anthony Argan Oil Treatment ($7.99) - I was surprised at how lightweight this oil is. Made with Mediterranean Olive Oil and Argan Oil, it does not weigh my hair down or leave it looking or feeling greasy like regular Argan Oil does. It also has Keratin, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to hydrate and soften the hair. Truly, my hair is über soft and silky. I can’t stop touching it. While my hair isn’t dry, I do have some new hair growing in that is grey (damn it!). This short, course grey hair sticks up in my part making me resemble Alfalfa from Our Gang more than I would like.
I’m curious to see what the rest of our bloggers chose for oils!