Balance a hectic schedule with some self-care.
We review The Dry Oil from Olverum and Angela Langford Balanced & Beautiful Face Oil.
It’s been a whirlwind of a month – made even more manic by kick-starting July in surviving a surprisingly hot Glastonbury before dragging out the musical endeavours by attending Elbow, The National and Kylie Minogue, consecutively, the very next week at Castlefield Bowl’s ‘Sounds of The City’.
Manchester also celebrated its annual Manchester International Festival this month, which saw a plethora of arts and entertainment grace a number of different sites across the city.
When you pair this with last week’s abhorrently uninvited heatwave, you might agree that it’s time to step back and unwind. For me, this means downing copious amounts of green tea, treating myself to a number of unnecessary candles and trying out some gorgeous new beauty products.
Having too much fun can certainly take its toll on your skin. Personally, it’s patchy speckles of eczema and this time, dryness after traipsing around in relentless sunshine for days. Luckily, I was invited to sample The Dry Body Oil from Olverum.
Perfect for use after a long, relaxing bath or hot, steamy shower, spritz all over your body while your skin is still slightly damp. A fine, luxurious mist, the oil absorbs almost instantly, and contains over 30 essential and cold-pressed botanical oils, leaving your skin soft, smooth and supple.
Enriched with Alaria Esculenta extract, known to boost the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the oil also helps preserve the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Nourishing and rejuvenating, ‘The Dry Oil’ from Olverum is also easy on the mind. In the evenings, it’s quite nice to press a few spritzes into my hands, cup the scent and breathe deeply.
Headed by the heavenly aromatic scent of Eucalyptus, the Olverum Dry Oil also features woody Juniper, which is famous across worldwide myths and fairy tales for its ancient associations with fertility (and today for its role in gin making). Lemon and lime oils add a zesty, uplifting experience, True Lavender grounds the aroma in calm tranquility while Bergamot and Geranium Flower Oils help provide invigoration.
The Dry Body Oil from Olverum is vegan and cruelty free, as well as free from artificial preservatives, fragrance and colourant – making it a favourite of mine.
While Olverum took care of my body, I turned to Angela Langford for some help with my face. For even more luxury, I tried the Balanced & Beautiful Face Oil, enriched with Rosehip and Kiwi Seed. Perfect for normal to combination skin, this product is great for restoring the skin’s natural balance.
A little goes a long way with this one. Evening or first thing in the morning, just press a couple of drops into your hands, and as with all facial oils, gently massage using upward sweeping strokes.
Rich in Omega 3 and 6, the oil is restorative and quickly absorbed, reducing the size of pores and improving the condition of the skin with deep moisture. The oil also contains ‘Electric Daisies’, a botanical super ingredient, proven to restructure, firm and smooth the skin.
Another treasure to the senses, Angela Langford’s Balanced and Beautiful Face Oil contains a medley of essential oils, such as Bergamot and Lemongrass, Mandarin and Frankincense – all delightfully aromatic and beneficial to the toning of the skin.
Again, I love Angela Langford for being a completely cruelty free brand and for promising never to use parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours or other skin nasties.
So, if August shapes up to be anything as exciting as July in Manchester, I’d really recommend taking some time to balance out that body and mind too.
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