We can get so hung up on sun protection that we miss out on the energising power of a little massage with nourishing oils. Summer is the perfect time to add plant oils to your routine, says wellbeing expert Emma Thomson. Sun-exposed skin, with its open pores, literally drinks the oils in, improving condition and restoring radiance. ?
Let's give some of Emma's faves a try Carrot oil It's a natural fake tan, and it makes skin glow like no other, says Emma.
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Mix a few drops into moisturiser or body milk for a super-healthy glow! Rosehip oil Brilliant for older or drier skin to reduce that desiccated look.
Sweep over face and decolletage in slow, upward movements – heaven! Myrrh oil This oil is famous for its anti-ageing benefits. If you have sun- or age spots, gently massage into hands and face daily – so good. Jojoba oil Light, and more quickly absorbed than any other plant oil.
Rub it over skin right after you shower.
Being sun sensible? Work these oils into your SPF-protection regime, or add to your bath or daily moisturiser. Find Carrot Oil, R121 for 100ml; Myrrh Oil, R260 for 10ml; Rose Hip Oil, R141 for 100ml; Jojoba Oil, R87 for 100ml, all essentialoilssouthafrica.co. Za.