In winter, adding a regular ritual of a body oil massage to your beauty regime goes a long way toward ensuring you have smooth, soft, glowing skin through the dryest, coldest days— and emerge looking young next spring. Cold weather environmental stressors like reduced humidity, low temperatures, temperature changes (from outdoors to indoors), and showering in hot water causes stress to the skin. Stressed skin will begin to show signs of redness, flaking, scaliness, raw cuticles, cracking, tightness, and itching. Using body oil in winter helps to deeply nourish the skin by providing nutrients and hydration, while also sealing it from outside elements.
Benefits of Body Oils in Winter
Restores elasticity. Oils are similar to the natural sebum produced by our skin, also called the skin barrier. They sink into the deeper layers of the skin to repair and regulate the skin moisture barrier. This allows the body to be smooth and supple.
Reduce irritation. If you suffer from sensitive, eczema-prone or super dry and dehydrated skin, winter conditions will exacerbate your discomfort. Using oil helps to soften and calm the inflammation, especially if the oil itself contains botanical ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties.
Seal the skin from moisture loss. For maximum effect, apply oils after a bath or shower, which allows it to seal in the moisture still resting on the surface of the skin. This locks in moisture so that less of it evaporates throughout the day, helping maintain healthy skin function.
Get a dewy glow. It can seem like the glow of healthy skin seems to disappear in the winter, so if it's gone and the skin appears dull, oils can revive it. Oils help the skin retain moisture in its deeper layers so that it appears plump and healthy.
Enjoy a little aromatherapy. Body oils infused with a hint of aroma are a fantastic way to experience a little wellness on a regular basis. If you apply body oils every day, or even once a week, you are also taking care of your mental health at the same time you're protecting your skin.
£38.00 | 500 ml / 16 Fl oz
This cellulite-busting detox essential body oil contains fluid-releasing flower oils to kick-start your circulation and leaves you with silky-soft skin and lighter limbs. Gently scented and with a luxurious feel, this daily body moisturiser is packed with fennel, geranium, cypress, and juniper to help your body release excess fluid.
£44.00 | 100 ml / 3.38 Fl oz
Organic and fragrance-free for sensitive skin types. This oil is made of non-comedogenic ingredients to melt into the face and restore, balance and soften the skin. Contains a blend of intensely hydrating botanical oils, including Kalahari Melon Seed, which is labelled the world's 'wonder beauty oil.' It originates from Africa's driest desert and is one of the most enriching oils with its incredible antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.
£40.00 | 100 ml / 3.38 Fl oz
A luxuriously light and hydrating, silky blend of 21 pure and organic plant oils, freshly-scented with Vetiver and Citrus. Formulated to be easy to massage all over the body. The body oil absorbs instantly, leaving your skin subtly scented and dry to touch, so you can dress in anything, even silk, immediately afterwards.
£44.00 | 236 ml / 8 Fl oz
Anointing is the ritual act of pouring oil over your head or body. This multipurpose oil with Lavender and Sandalwood can be applied to the scalp or hair, body, or face. Massage into the body and follow up with a bath or steam to let the body receive deep nourishment. Crafted with 100% organic and essential oils with a sultry, floral and fresh fragrance.
£35.00 | 60 ml / 2.11 Fl oz
Formulated with 5 natural active ingredients and aromatic essential oils to effectively nourish, hydrate and improve the appearance of skin and hair. The healing actives contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to calm and soothe even the most sensitive of skins. Flaxseed Oil has one of the highest plant sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, essential for promoting healthy skin and hair.
£45.00 | 100 ml / 3.38 Fl oz
Pour a capful of oil into a hot bath and soak for as long as required. Allow the heady, euphoric scent to uplift you and inspire positivity, all while stimulating collagen production. Active ingredients in this vegan oil include Velvet Bean, Edelweiss and Rose stem cells plus Ruby gemstone extract.
£56.00 | 198 ml / 6.7 Fl oz
This fast-absorbing everyday hand balm, packaged in a pump bottle, repairs skin exposed to environmental stress. Carefully selected ingredients soften and hydrate without leaving an oily residue. Powerful emollients in baobab and jojoba oil soften and heal the skin. Jojoba prevents moisture loss while enhancing skin elasticity. Essential fatty acids (palmitic, oleic and linoleic) in baobab oil penetrate deep into the epidermis and help restore the integrity of the skin cell membrane.
ABA Love Apothecary
£60.00 | 118 ml / 4 Fl oz
A powerful blend of Hazelnut, organic Jojoba and Argan oil to deliver deep moisture and bright, glowy skin all over. Massage several drops into clean, moist skin starting from the toes, upward towards the heart. Ideal in combination with a dry brushing practice. Created with 100% natural, wildcrafted ingredients.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co.
£21.95 | 90 ml / 3.2 Fl oz
Harnesses the healing properties of the Bitter Orange Blossom (Neroli), which supports faster healing of the skin. Powerful antioxidant Lime Peel Oil is naturally antibacterial, helping to reduce dark spots and restore skin’s youthfulness. Feel soft, supple and glowing all over. Apply to clean damp skin immediately after bath or shower to allow the treatment oil to absorb deeply, leaving your skin softened and protected.
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