I, for one, am prone to neglecting my body over the winter months
and then as soon as it’s time to get the skirts, shorts and bikinis on, I
am in a flurry to get everything looking tip-top and summer ready in a
Nothing can nourish and repair your skin quite like a body oil ; Formulas that sink into the skin without residue and work deep down will leave your skin nourished, plump & soothed with a wonderful glossy sheen. I have hand-picked a few of my favourites currently sitting on my shelf with a price range from £7 to £70.
For a really deep, intensive treatment when you need a quick turnaround on scaly skin, then give yourself a quick exfoliation with a scrub in the shower. When your skin is still damp when you get out, apply your body oil of choice all over, and follow with a lovely, rich body butter which will really lock in the hydration and give a double-pronged attack on dryness and dehydration. I try and do this at least once a week.
Best for Tone & Texture: MIO The Activist Active Body Oil (£29.50) This contains essential oils for firming and detoxing the skin. I always, always have this in my gym bag (haven’t been for months but hey) and it’s the perfect one for post-workout or just when you want to give your skin a hard-working and stimulating body oil. This one is also great for scarring and stretchmarks.
Best for Relaxation: Trilogy Aromatic Body Oil (£16.50) This is a really lovely aromatic body oil that smells like a spa in a bottle. Every time I use this my skin and mind just feels really pampered and relaxed. I like to use this before bed time a couple of times a week, so have been keeping this one by my bed. It also doubles up as a massage oil, so for ultimate relaxation get your loved one to apply this on the legs/back & shoulders for a relaxing rub!
Best for Serious Dryness: Antipodes Heavenly Body Oil (£24) This has the equlivalent of 8 Avocados in EVERY bottle, so is absolutely packed full of fatty acids and essential nutrients for the skin.One of my favourite body oils ever and with this I get results really quicky and it completely cocoons your body in hydration. Comes with a dropper like a serum so you can drop it into your body cream to give it an oily boost or use it straight onto the skin. It’s also completely organic.
Best Multi-Tasker: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour All Over Miracle Oil (£29) The infamous 8-hour formula from Elizabeth Arden now comes in a body oil formula that can be pretty much used anywhere and everywhere. I think this is a handy one for holidays as it comes in a spray formula/ plastic 100ml bottle which makes it just more travel & user-friendly. Key ingredient Tsubaki oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-redness so also a great aftersun
(NOTE: NOT for during sun!!….unless you are Donatella Versace).
Best for Anti-Ageing: Tata Harper Revitalising Body Oil (£72) A serious & luxurious body oil loaded with 14 high-perfomance ingredients including alfafa extract, essential fatty acids, arnica extract & vitamins to revitalise and protect the skin. It helps increase microcirculation and improves oxygenation and with prolonged use of this your skin will just absolutely glow. A big splurge but I got this in my huge Sephora Haul so was a little kinder with the £-$ exchange.
Best Budget Buy: Senspa Nourishing Bath & Body Oil (£7.95) A great affordable oil that not only is really aromatic with oils including Jasmine, Argan, Cedarwood & Ylang essential oils, but costs a fraction of the cost of most. This does the trick for hydrating my skin, and I like the fact you can use this in the bath when you are in need of a pamper and a good oily soak.