It's time to rethink your beauty biases toward oils. Oil is no longer a dirty word in the language of beauty, these hydrating elixers are the key to supple skin, soft hair and a glowing complexion. We've rounded up our must-have oil cleansers, anti-agers and de-frizzers—and how to use them.
This product is full of 8 essential oils that help to protect the skin's moisture barrier. It's light, non-greasy and incredibly nourishing.
This two-in-one dry oil and toner combines the nutritive properties of four precious oils with the benefits of a fresh tonic water within a fifty/fifty bi-phase formulation. It helps target dryness while helping to give skin firmness.
The packaging calls it a balm, but this product is full of coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond and coffee arabica seed oils to help target stretch marks, cellulite, psoriasis and eczema.
This luxury organic skin care line is made in Vermont and knows a thing or two about oil. One of its newest launches is a oil cleanser which has quickly become a favourite among staffers at Canadian Living. The Biocompatible oils and esters dissolve makeup and cleanse skin while leaving the skin's barrier in perfect harmony. Great for anyone with dehydrated skin or if you live in a climate that experiences extreme cold—aka Canada.
The great thing about body oils? They also work aromatherapy wonders. This blend is a combination of sesame, safflower and rice bran oils as well as grapefruit, chamomile and vanilla essential oils for an uplifting treat for mind and body.
This oil is a favourite among some of the most stunning women in Hollywood, but it works wonders on everything and claims to work with all skin types. This luxury facial oil consists of 11 different kinds of oils. Some of which are arnica, it helps with healing the skin, perfect for any rough patches or acne. Primerose helps with hydration and redness and jasmine and neroli oil can help you relax.
A great skin soother, this oil also works to reduce the appearance of cellulite using algae extract (a powerful antioxidant).
There are a lot of serums and hair oils on the market, but one of our favourite ones is Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. The formula uses argan, coconut, macadamia-nut, sweet-almond and grape-see oil to help enhance shine, smooth away flyways and stop frizz in its tracks.
Another multi-tasker, this dry oil (for hair, face and body) includes a blend of grapeseed, sesame, and argan oils leaving your skin super soft and hydrated.
This oil based balm is packed with 12 essential oils to help reduce imperfection and rebalance skin's barrier. Sitting just under $100 bucks a pop it's pricey, but worth the splurge. The texture and smell is super indulgent and makes the mundane task of cleansing your face so much more enjoyable.
This multi-purpose oil works for both hair and body, and is formualted with organic Community Trade argan oil frm Morocco.
This organic body oil helps to improve skin and visibly improve it's texture after one month of regular (a few times a week) use. The star ingredients are organic birch leaves, organic rosemary, rusks, apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil.
A cult favourite, this oil (with a non-oily texture) is lightweight and full of vitamin E.
Water and oil seem to get along pretty well in this formula. The hydrating formula improves skin elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while a cold-pressed blend of seed oils allows for maximum potency of actives for optimal results.
This limited edition oil features the fragrance of the brand's Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette. Apply to skin fresh out of the shower, or put a couple drops in your bath for a subtle, clean scent.
After spending the day soaking up UV rays your skin becomes dry because its barrier breaks down, preventing it from retaining lipids and moisture. Sooth sun exposed skin with a light oil, like this one from Vichy. Its comprised of sheer oil; apricot kernel oil, coriander and blackcurant seeds, plus its jam packed with fatty acids that help nourish and build up your barrier. If you don't like anything heavy on your skin apply in the shower then rinse off, but if you're craving something weightier apply on dry or post shower skin.
Formulated for skin post-wax, this product contains coconut oil, arnica oil, aloe vera and calendula oil that works to soothe skin and heal irritations.
This incredibly moisturizing oil is perfect for summer when quick-dry and sunkissed are your main priorities.
This multi-purpose—skin, hair, lips, nails—hydrating oil is 100 percent again oil and is super lightweight. Although it does absorb quickly, a little goes a long way.
If it ain't broke... If coconut oil is your go-to, we won't tell you to pick up something more complicated. Make sure to buy organic if you're putting this straight on your skin.
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Is your sex life pretty vanilla? Have you been in a sexual slump? Here’s the good news: It’s never too late to get that playfulness back in the bedroom. We spoke to Jenna Wells, owner of toywithme.com, a site that reviews sex toys of every kind, to tell us about her personal favourite pleasurable playthings on the market. Here are her top picks.
Trojan has dubbed this one their "most powerful vibrator yet." Its four variable speed settings gives users more control. The compact design allows for individual or partner use, and it’s highly intuitive for direct clitoral contact. "What I like about this is that it’s sold at drug stores, so if you don’t feel comfortable going into a sex store or visiting a sex toy site, you can subtly pick this up while picking up your kids prescriptions!" says Wells. $24.99 available at mass and drug retailers or at www.trojanvibrations.ca.
Developed by two women, Eva is the most highly funded adult product in the history of online crowdfunding. "It has modern, sleek packaging, it comes in pretty colors, has a smooth silicone design, and is rechargeable via wall outlet or USB. Plus, it is effective," Wells says. "The surface is smooth silicone, the wings soft and flexible and the button is easy to find and push, even with lube-covered hands." It's hands-free and allows you added stimulation without having to worry about manoeuvring the tool. $105, available at dameproducts.com.
The palm-sized pod features two super-thin, super-flexible wings that surround a firm "pleasure dome." The design is meant to appeal to women and men, and be used on any body part you please. With four different vibration patterns and five speeds, a powerful motor, simple controls and a waterproof housing, it has a lot going for it. "It's surprisingly quiet. Really, really quiet. Bonus points for discretion here," says Wells. $196, available at jimmyjane.com.
The idea behind the We-Vibe 4 Plus is simple: You can control your vibe via an app on your smartphone. Or your partner can use his or her smartphone to control the vibe, says Wells. "You both need to be running the app, so your partner can't suddenly hijack your vibe without your knowledge." Her favourite feature? The fact that you can wear the vibe during sex. "Since most women can't orgasm from vaginal penetration alone, having a hands-free vibe is the perfect way to ensure you're satisfied." $180, available at goodforher.com.
IDA is a couple's massager, it's worn by a woman, and it's one of the first toys to be made with the new Sensemotion technology, meaning you don't have to push buttons to control it (you can move and shake the remote to create different patterns and power of vibrations). $259, available at lelo.com.
This attachment fits over the head of your electric toothbrush and transforms it into a discreet but powerful external vibrator. A bit invasive for our liking, but if subtlety is what you're going for (and you don't want your kids coming across something more aggressive when they open your night table drawer), this is for you. $76, available at amazon.ca.
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