Can you guys believe that it’s already March? How did that happen? I’m barely done nursing my New Year’s Eve hangover, and you mean to tell me that it’s almost the first day of spring?! Unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is that we’re so close to spring weather and yet as I write this, it’s minus 2 degrees outside. Someone rescue me from this hell.
If there's one good thing that has come out of this unbearable winter, it's that I have added yet another step to my beauty regime that helps me protect myself from patches of dry, scaly winter skin and will help me stay smooth all year.
Are you familiar? I’ll admit, I was still hesitant to approach them because oil is something that we're often trying to avoid. After trying to survive these temperatures and prevent my skin from breaking right in half, I was willing to try anything. Besides, even if the oil did backfire and gave me insane breakouts or something, this cold weather keeps me from leaving my apartment for anything that isn't an absolute essential. You know, like vodka or nail polish. So I figured I could always hide out until my skin cleared.
I’m happy to say that a pimple attack didn’t happen.
I started experimenting with oils using Josie Maran’s 100% Argan Oil Light, $48.
I knew I’d be in good hands because I trust the heck out of Josie Maran. I’ve used a bunch of her moisturizers and cosmetics and they’ve always worked like a dream, but I was never confident using the one thing that made all those products so good: the argan oil itself in its pure form.
You can use this oil in place of your normal moisturizer, and in the summer, I plan to do just that. But yo, it’s been so cold out that I’m not trying to remove anything that’s going to give me extra protection from chapped skin.
I get ready like normal, and right before I leave the house, I rub a couple drops between my fingertips then all over my face to create an extra barrier between harsh winds and my precious skin.
I don’t have any problems with my skin looking too oily when I use the Argan Oil Light because it actually helps regulate your skin's oil production. It absorbs into the skin leaving behind just a subtle glow, not a shine.
My skin really started to dry out after temperatures dropped, and I was vigorously applying body lotions to my dry spots with varying, underwhelming results. My sides, my legs, and the backs of my arms would soak the lotion right up, then be dry and tight again just a few hours later. I thought I was doomed to live the next few months with itchy, painful, dry skin.
But not so!
I found two body oils to keep dry skin at bay.
JR Watkins Body Oil Mist, $8.99.
JR Watkins is a great place to start with body oils not only because it’s affordable, but because the spray nozzle makes it easy to apply the oil without getting too much. At first, I was skeezed at the idea of smearing oil all over my body, imagining I’d leave a trail of it behind me wherever I went (like a snail) so I applied only a light mist. Each day, I applied more, until I was sure I loved it. It’s filled with apricot kernel oil which helps moisturize and lock in moisture all day. Another bonus? It’s quick drying, so you can spray it on, massage it in, and throw a shirt on without it sticking to your skin.
Next, Omorovicza Firming Body Oil, $75.
This really helped close the gap between the skin I had and the skin I wanted. Omorovicza Body Oil includes apricot oil and almond oil (my fave) which help to soften and sage and chamomile help to soothe irritated skin. After I pop out of the shower, I spread this oil everywhere, paying special attention to my sides, calves, and legs. After about a week of using this oil at least once a day, my skin is significantly softer and doesn’t itch anymore, which is a sweet, sweet relief.
The only thing I'd change about this oil is that the bottle isn't designed to help control application. It just sort of pours out. Be careful, it's not hard to get too much.
Last, REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, $48.
I always thought bath oils were a little too high maintenance for me, plus, who has time to take a bath?
But a few weeks ago, my insane work schedule on top of these frigid temperatures ended up getting me a little sick, and forced me to slow my roll for a minute. I had to lay low for a few days and STAY IN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT.
I was sitting on my couch, feeling all grumpy, eating take out, and decided to take a bath in hopes that it would relax my muscles that were tense from taking approximately four million different cold medicines.
I filled the bath water and, in an effort to create the most serene and relaxing environment in which to soak, I put on Miley Cyrus "Unplugged" on my laptop.
Oh! And I threw in some REN Bath Oil. I figured if I was gonna take a bath, I was gonna take a BATH.
I didn’t really expect anything, but as I stepped into the bath, I could feel the oil in there. The water felt softer, if that makes sense. I was sitting with my pink hair in my steamy bathtub, with my Kirsten-Dunst-as-Marie-Antoinette lookin’ ass, I thought to myself maybe there is a point to all this bath oil nonsense.
The rose oil is heavily fragranced with, well, roses, which aren’t my favorite, but it’s not a lingering scent once you’re out of the bath, so I can deal. It left my skin crazy-smooth. So much so that I didn’t want to put on clothes after! You’re very welcome for that visual.
So what are your thoughts on oils? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Hate me? Tell me in the comments!
Tynan is oiled up on Twitter @TynanBuck.