I’ve been told that spring is officially here, but my hair and skin are telling me otherwise. I know, I know, Alberta is dry! I get it!
But it's also "Oil Country," so how about some oil-inspired beauty treatments?
You may have heard of Bio-Oil already, but have you tried it yet? Let me tell you, this stuff isn’t just for scars and stretch marks.
For instance, my husband and I recently took a trip to Mexico and I forgot to pack body butter. However, I did pack Bio-Oil which, until then, had only been used sparingly on — you guessed it — scars and stretch marks. I started using the oil as all-over body moisturizer, which I applied after the shower. And I absolutely loved the results.
It kept my skin supple and smooth. It held my tan. It left my arms and legs with a little sheen. The scent is mild and natural, and if I can keep my skin moist and fight imperfections at the same time, then sign me up!
One word of caution: Don’t use it on your face. It's too heavy as a facial moisturizer. It clogged my pores after a while.
Another oily miracle worker is Moroccanoil.
Moroccanoil carries lines for both hair and skin, but as a girl with naturally dry, curly (and yes, over-processed) hair, the line for locks has won me over.
It’s amazing the difference a drop makes. Seriously. Moroccanoil hair treatment lasts a long time. It makes straightened hair look naturally silky, and frizzy hair look naturally curly. A little dab will do ya.
And the smell? Vanilla meets cocoa meets Shea butter. It's intoxicating. I apply a dollop after showering, when my hair is still damp. My strands soak it up as if their lives depend on it and my hair looks so much healthier.
Bio-Oil is available at most drug stores, including Shoppers and Rexall, for about $30/200 millilitre bottle.
Moroccanoil is available at certain salons in Edmonton, such as Perugia Salon and Spa, Icon Hair Gallery and the Cutting Loft (for about $40 a bottle). But I like to hit up my neighbourhood Winners first, to see if they have any in stock for a bit of a deal.