Want a youthful glow like Catherine Zeta Jones? It’s been reported that the Oscar-winning actress currently starring in the new film Dad’s Army, in which she plays a glamorous journalist, smothers argan oil on her face every night to maintain a dewy complexion. .
Said Catherine, 46 “ I’m finding just from travelling from New York and being in heated hotel rooms, my skin feels like a Walker’s crisp but I’ve been using some argan oil to saturate my skin at night so it has some nourishment as I sleep, to start the day a little bit more hydrated.”
Beauty oils pack a powerful punch when it comes to treating winter worn skin especially Argan oil – which contains twice as much vitamin E as olive oil, is rich in anti-oxidants and also has anti inflammatory properties. Apart from being used as a pure facial oil the oil is extracted from the fruit of Morocco’s argan tree – it has also been popping up in shampoos, body butters, masks and the latest, micellar water, with manufacturers pointing to its endless hydrating and healing properties.
Another wonderful skin oil, is the lesser know Columbian kahai nut oil, predicted to be the next big thing, which contains 50 per cent more Vitamin E than argan oil as well as high levels of wrinkle fighting retinol.
Unfortunately for all their multi tasking properties oils still tend to get a bad rap when it comes to putting them on the face, which is a shame as the latest formulations are actually the hidden jewel in the skin care crown. They contain countless vitamins and minerals, can be used by all skin types and create a natural protective barrier without blocking pores and, of course, are a valuable weapon in the wrinkle war.
From your scalp to your nails and feet there are countless ways to reap the benefits and winter is the perfect time to experiment, especially if your skin feels parched as they sink in quickly, and will leave skin soft and plump. Here’s how to get the best out of them
For the face
Choose an oil that will treat your specific skin concern – see our box for a guide. In the morning massage in a couple of drops of oil on clean, damp skin before you use your usual anti-aging cream or use on its own, You can also mix a drop of oil with your favourite foundation Use again at night, before a night cream. If you use a retinoid cream smooth a drop gently after applying to help prevent any dryness and flaking. Use sparingly
For the body
Apply a few drops of oil to damp skin after bathing to lock in moisture. Reapply as needed throughout the day on dry skin. You can also add a few drops to your bath water for a relaxing, moisturising bath soak.
For the hair:
As a conditioning treatment, apply warmed oil before you shampoo to dry hair and scalp, wrap in a heated and allow to sit for about 30 minutes or for a deep conditioning leave overnight (cover hair with a shower cap). Shampoo in the morning. To tame flyaways apply a small amount of oil to the palms of the hands and lightly run through dry hair.
*Argan oil – great conditioning properties to keep hair and skin moisturised and dewy, can also help minimize fine line and decrease inflammation
Try Vivderma Perfecting Facial Oil £65 vivderma.com, an ultra fine oil rich in Moroccan Argan oil to help improve skin texture and tone and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles
*Rosehip oil – has great anti ageing properties, protecting skin against photo aging, as well as smoothing scars and wrinkles, locks in moisture and helps to keep skin smooth
Try Rosina Lotions& Potions Rose Perfecting Oil £22 (rosinaslotionspotions.com)
A lightweight super nourishing oil delicately scented with the finest Rose oil good for all skin types, including sensitive
*Neroli oil well for circulation and will leave skin glowing
Try Decleor Aromessence Neroli £44 john Lewis absorbs in seconds helps calm and relax the skin
*Chamomile oil helps calm skin after irritation
Try L’Oreal Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil £24.99 boots.com
Ideal for oily skin, it contains a blend of eight essential oils including antioxidant Lavender, soothing Chamomile and anti ageing Orange Peel, Designed to boost skin’s natural radiance and provide all-day hydration.
*Grape– resveratrol a potent antioxidant and extracted from the outer skins of red grapes helps neutralise free radical damage and helps protect skin from signs of ageing
Try M&S Pure Super Grape Overnight Treatment Oil £16 marksandspencer.com, a rich overnight treatment oil which will help supports the skin’s renewal process
*Iojoba oilgreat for oily skin as it can help the skin stop producing so much oil
Try Sanctuary Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil £17.50 boots.com helps balance and rebuild the skin’s surface
*Almond oil ideal for super sensitive skin and good for strengthening the skin’s barrier
TryWeleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Oil £14.95 weleda.co.uk this award-winning oil offers incredible versatility, from eye makeup remover to a hand, face, neck and décolletage oil. It reduces irritations, soothes and moisturises skin, calms sensitive skin reducing irritation and redness and replenished skin’s protective barrier.
NOSE KNOW HOW
Nancy Dell’Olio ‘s new narrower shaped nose has sparked a debate over whether she has undergone an injectable nose job, Going under the knife for a new nose is no longer the only option and over the last year the use of injectables for nasal contouring has become a very powerful tool. This procedure is perfect for those who are unhappy with the shape of their nose, rather than the size and an experienced cosmetic doctor can fix minor nose asymmetries like bumps by filling in the depressions surrounding it to create the illusion of a more even profile. Using hyaluronic acid filler like TEOSYA, a gel like substance, which is found naturally in the body’s connective tissues. it combines with water and collagen under the skin to form a spongy layer in between cells adding plumpness to specific areas. But, as it isn’t the same as the body’s own tissue, it gradually breaks down and the fillers are eliminated by the body naturally. While the results are temporary and should last up to six months unlike conventional rhinoplasty, recovery from dermal filler injections is shorter, with less bruising. Botox can also be used as part of the treatment to help relax the muscle that pulls the nasal tip downward, creating a more upturned appearance, or to soften the “bunny lines” on the sides near the top of the nose. However, it’s important to remember that injectables are only capable of disguising the imperfection temporarily and not correcting it. An Injectable rhinoplasty is usually performed using local anesthetic and can deliver a fast and dramatic improvement in around 30 minutes.But injectables cannot fix all nasal problems so there will always be the need for surgery Expect to pay from £600 and results should last up to six months.