5 Face + Body Oils Dana Is Freaking Out Over (Yup, Even In This Insane Humidity)
Oil when you're already feeling oily...sounds like an Rx for total misery, no?
On the contrary, applying oil when it's hot AF outside is actually awesome. At least that's my extremely humble (even though I've been writing about beauty since literally 1989 and have been paid very handsomely for it) opinion.
Maybe it's an age thing, but I have ZERO qualms about slathering my mug with oil before I hit the hay. I also dump oil into my bath alongside buckets of Epsom salt, and douse myself with it from stem to stern the second I step out of the tub. And just this morning, as I was zipping out the door to play tennis, I took one look at my crepey legs and thought: Oil.
Maybe you're like me? A seriously brave soul who isn't afraid of oil even when the FL humidity level is at 1000 percent? Then perhaps you'd like to read about my current fave oils.
Off we go, missy...
1. Votary Intense Night Oil - Rosehip and Retinoid: In a word: swoon. I'm utterly besotted with this stuff, and it's not just because of this adorable video by the stunning Brit makeup artist behind this brand. I mean, I'm superficial but I'm not that superficial. Rather, I like that this luxe elixir actually does something besides just smell fantastic. Because of the retinoid, it de-ages. And because of the rosehip, it soothes and calms. As the name suggests, use this only at night. Retinoids can make you photo-sensitive, which is code for "more susceptible to burning."
2. Meow Meow Tweet Geranium Frankincense Body Oil: Suddenly, everything that crosses my desk is laced with CBD oil or some other weed-related ingredient. This light but lush number is too - hemp oil, to be exact. But as a beginner-level essential oils nerd, I'm most intrigued by the frankincense it's chock-full of. Good ol' Frank imparts many alleged benefits, which, according to this post on a radical health website that I trust implicitly, range from "improving one's spiritual connection and overcoming stress and despair" to "reducing the appearance of stretch marks." Lol. That's a lot of ground to cover for one essential oil. Oh, this doubles as a face oil, too. More bang for your beauty buck, babe.
3. Sun's Eye Patchouly: Cartwheels! I heart this so much, am on my second bottle, and have been using it for years, and I've only just noticed that it's made in Florida. (Geneva, specifically.) That makes me really happy, because a huge part of our Florida Beauty Problems mission is to support all our homegrowns. Okay, so why do I like this and what do I do with it? I dig it because it's high quality, smells incredible and is housed in a super-cute bottle. (Again with the superficial jazz...) I dab it on my wrists every night before bed, which is something I've done for years to relax and cue sleep. You could do that with lavender, natch. Or, if you're feeling adventuresome, the aforementioned frankincense. The benefits of really good, highly concentrated essential oils? They're real, friend. Very, very real.
4. LOLI Beauty Plum Elixir: Even if it weren't crafted by one of my closest personal pals (but it is), I would reco this stellar new brew. Have you heard? Plum is the beauty superpower du jour. I have a few other plum-based face prods in my cabinet to try, but I'm not even thinking of cracking them open before I use every last drop of this. The scent is heavenly, it's got a pretty thick consistency that thirsty, sun-baked Florida complexions will soak right up and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Winning.
5. Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Oil: As I mentioned up top, I've been known to take an Epsom salt bath or two. Listen, when you play as much tennis as I do, Epsom becomes your achy bod's best bud. When I get out of the tub, while my skin's still damp, I slather myself with oil. Recently, this one's been in heavy rotation. If you aren't familiar with this brand, Dr Hauschka is Just. The. Coolest. It's old school, it's German, it's dead-serious about using only the most primo organic ingredients. Treat yo-self. Your parched summer bod will thank you.
(BEAUTEOUS) OIL PHOTO ABOVE: BRITTANY NEALE