Beauty Oils – how essential are they?

There is nothing that Sarah Barclay, leading beauty editor and columnist doesn’t know about the beauty industry and more importantly there isn’t a product she hasn’t tested! Luckily for us, she’s here to share her secrets…

A top to toe guide on the best ways to cleanse, nourish, lavish and cheat your way to a smoother, more radiant face, body and hair with oil this summer. Oil is one of the most versatile beauty aids. Of course we all know a little olive oil rubbed into dry hair is a classic DIY conditioner, but try these spoiling goodies and you will be treated with targeted oil based formulas that smell delicious too


CONDITIONING  Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil uses a heavenly aromatic blend of plant oils to fortify and hydrate summer battered hair £19.50




SOFTENING  Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil is one of their classic formulas. Apply to prevent stretch marks in pregnancy or use to nourish dry skin with its tropically scented, £40




SMOOTHING  Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence quite simply my favourite face oil ever. It smells like a walk in a French lavender field and uses a blend of quality oils to plump and smooth the skin.  £135




CLEANSING Use lovely pure and natural Oz brand, Jurlique’ s Nourishing Cleansing  Oil  for dry skin .  Light and comforting , it transforms into a milk on application. £28




PLUMPING Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a beauty classic that really works. Apply overnight and you will wake with softer, smoother less lined skin. It is a wonder product and smells as expensive as its price tag, £158



TRANSFORMING This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil. There have been many imitations but this original and brilliant formula is still the best. Transforms scaly dry legs into glowing pins using a blend of sandalwood, rose and evening primrose £42



GLOSSING Get a summer 70s vibe with Dior Lip Glow Oil, £28 Limited Edition perfect hint of a glossy tint





PROTECTING Kerestase Soleil Huile Sirene Treatment, a leave in, nourishing protective oil to keep sea, sun and chlorine damage at bay £21.05

SARAH BARCLAY is a leading beauty editor and columnist with over 25 years experience working in magazines and newspapers. For 16 years she was Beauty Editor on The Mail on Sunday’s YOU Magazine, writing and styling a weekly news page as well as contributing beauty and lifestyle features for magazines and newspapers. She has written for Vogue, Tatler, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro and Brides Magazine. Since then, she has contributed to the Daily Mail’s Monday Inspire section, niche publications and websites. She is a journalist, editor, stylist, travel writer, features writer,  copywriter and author. She lives in the English countryside with her family and many animals.

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