Oil is back on the beauty agenda for skin, hair, and body. New formulas are whisper-thin, de-greased, and because I'm scent-obsessed, a great fragrance fix if I fancy something light. In the summer, our skin produces more sebum, so swapping creams and lotions for lighter oils really does the trick.
Potent elixirs are crafted to ensure that skin feels nourished, glowy, and restored. Check, check, check. Packed with plumping vitamins and steamed-distilled essential oils? You bet. But best of all, oils almost always come packaged in beautiful glass bottles that not only trigger all our olfactory memories, but look mighty fine on our countertops and vanities.
Here, my picks for seven warm-weather formulas that are nothing short of transformative:
Best for De-Puffing
The cult classic from Clarins, Body Treatment Oil visibly reduces water retention and puffy skin—a lifesaver after long-haul flights.
The woman behind Kate Middleton's glow is the creator of this little gem. Mandarin and orange essential oils in Heaven Firming & Stretchmark Oil tone up skin that is losing "snap." Especially good for slackness after weight loss or during and after pregnancy.
Neal's Yard Argan Oil is the consummate A+ student, plumping and hydrating due to the gloriously high fatty acid and vitamin E content in the argan. I like to body brush first until skin looks very pink and then massage the oil in vigorously.
Best for Hair
My all-time favorite is Leonor Greyl's Huile de Palme, slathered on for a pre-shampoo deep-conditioning treat or used sparingly for everyday taming.
Best for Glow
Balance Me's Radiance Face Oil is an award-winning concoction of Amazonian buriti nut, camellia, and rosehip oils that help to fade scarring, reduce redness, and brighten. I find it incredibly calming, and it imparts a lovely bloom on the skin.
Best for Bad Weather
Unpredictable summer climates call for Trilogy Rosehip Oil to act as a barrier against cold, wind, or storms. This is also the time of year when an evening soak as an antidote to a hot day's work is the secret to recovery. Muscular aches and fatigue all feel better when I rub healing rosehip oil into freshly bathed skin.
Best for Cellulite
Treating cellulite is all about maximizing your circulation. To that end, the original organic brand Weleda has a birch oil that really does improve skin tone and cellulite if used religiously.