Winter is here. The temperatures are low and the humidity even lower. This can spell major skin stress, if you’re not careful. The lack of humidity in the air can zap your skin of essential moisture as well as impair its protective barrier, while icy winds and cold temperatures can then cause issues of sensitivity, dryness and redness. What to do?
While your daily cleanse and moisturiser absolutely still has its place, we strongly suggest introducing an enriching oil to your regime. Why?
Put simply, they are closer in composition to naturally occurring sebum in our skin. Because of this, they tend to be more effective at hydrating and nourishing, as well as delivering any active ingredients.
And when we’re talking vegan, pure oils, we’re talking better health benefits for us, the planet and the animals we share it with.
Here are a few oils we suggest you put on your shopping list this winter!
1. Retreatment Botanic restore Serum, $95
Non-greasy and quickly absorbed, this is brimming with native Aussie extracts and antioxidants (think: sandalwood, Kakadu plum and vitamins A, C and E). It’s also rich in Omega 3 and 9 fatty acids to ensure your skin stays plumped with moisture throughout winter.
2. RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil , $29.95
This oil is cold pressed and extracted from seeds of the fruit without the use of solvents and chemicals, meaning that you receive the purest and highest quality oil from seed to bottle. Perfect for winter skin, it is rich in naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, such as Vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9, as well as Lycopene and Beta-Carotene to help keep skin hydrated, moisturised and younger looking.
3. Resibo Smoothing Face Serum, $59
The key ingredient here is Lakesis, AKA “Crystal Tears”. It gets this name because the tear drop shape it takes on as it seeps from the Pistacia lentiscus tree from which it is hand-harvested, on the Greek Island of Chios. It is thought to reactivate youth proteins, strengthen the skin and help it regain its density.
4. Antipodes Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, $59
Featuring skin-brightening marshmallow bloom and liquorice root to nix micro-pigmentation, this super-elixir also is rich in antioxidants Vinanza Grape and Asian ginger, which combine to help neutralise free radical damage. Kiwi seed oil, high in Vitamin C, plus nutrient-rich avocado oil hep to keep the skin’s natural barrier in tact throughout the harsh winter months.
5. Ipsum Best Skin Body Oil Patchouli Rose, $35
Glorious scent aside (seriously, you will think you’ve died and landed in heaven when you apply it), this lush body oil packs a skin-softening punch from the very first application. The botanical blend includes avocado, grapeseed, argan and jojoba oils plus Australian grown and harvested Davidson plum fruit extract, which is loaded with antioxidants. Macadamia Nut oil adds further hydration.
6. Ipsum Best Skin Face Oil Enriching, $56
This face-firming number is superpowered by naturally derived Q10, which helps with collagen production and elasticity. When you see the results, you’ll also thank botanical oils of olive fruit, hempseed, rosehip, apricot, seabuckthorn, pomegranate and Kakadu plum seed.
7. Bybi Swipe Clean Facial Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover, $62
This oil-based beauty nurtures skin as it melts way the day’s debris and even stubborn waterproof make-up. Certified vegan and cruelty-free, it also has an antibacterial action to remove impurities that might cause blemishes.
8. Obv. Beauty Oil, $58
Obv.’s Beauty Oil boasts an impressive ingredient list of fruit, flower, seed and nut oils. Rich in antioxidants and promoting brighter skin, key components include kiwi fruit, sunflower and watermelon seed oils plus acai and dilo.
About the Author
After 30 years of working in Australian media, Shonagh is one of Australia’s busiest and most in-demand beauty, health, travel and lifestyle writers.
As a health and lifestyle journalist and consultant, Shonagh has worked closely with international wellness experts and icons, including Dr. Sandra Cabot, Therese Kerr and Miranda Kerr.
In other aspects of her work, she has travelled the world reviewing wellness retreats and luxe holiday destinations, and she has interviewed and written feature articles on some of the world’s best love celebrities, including Sting, Elle McPherson, Pamela Anderson, Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Tina Arena, Heather Graham and many more.
She currently lives in the NSW Southern Highlands with her four dogs (three Siberian Huskies and one Maltese Cross), where she grows her own veggies and advocates ending Factory Farming and animal cruelty.
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