Slick and sweet: choose your oil for summer

Slick and sweet: choose your oil for summer

Choose the perfect oil-based treatment to suit your skin and hair this season.


Lotions and serums have their place in our beauty bags; but great quality treatment oil can help to promote dewy, radiant skin, and to encourage shiny, smooth and frizz-free hair.

Here’s our edit of some of the hardest-working beauty oils around, all ideal as you prep your skin and hair for the summer holidays ahead.

Working in three phrases to strengthen, hydrate and shield for healthy, luminous skin, Dermalogica’s Phyto Replenish Oil strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, hydrates to minimise fine lines and shields against free radical damage. A feather-light treatment oil, it rapidly absorbs to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, replenishing protective lipids depleted by ageing and environmental stress. It’s ideal for daily use on normal to dry skin – so you can indulge all summer long!

Need to tame frizzy hair? Kerastase Aura Botanica Concentre Essentiel is a silicone free, natural oil with multi-use properties. As well as dealing with frizz, it boosts conditioning with Samoan coconut oil, Moroccan argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, sweet orange oil and rosemary extract for supercharged nutrition.

A fast-absorbing facial oil, Medik8’s Glow Oil contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C to hydrate and repair, leaving skin radiant and glowing. This elegant oil is blended for all skin types and ages, with a subtle floral fragrance for a truly pampering feel. It contains a powerful combination of oil-soluble vitamin C, omega 3 and omega 6 oils, helping to repair and protect the skin from environmental damage whilst minimising the visible signs of ageing.


Alterna Bamboo’s Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil  helps frizzy, frazzled hair. The genius combo of bamboo extract and kendi oil creates an instantly absorbing, natural oil that can be used as a treatment or style-primer. It eliminates frizz, imparts intense shine and protects colour, while providing vital nutrients for your hair.

For problem skin, ES Skincare Problem Blemished Skin Lotion contains a unique blend of essential oils – chosen for their individual capabilities – working together to achieve a fantastic end result. Balancing the sebaceous glands (generally overactive in problem skin), the oils in this lotion have antiseptic and regenerating properties, to heal and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Absorbing quickly into the skin without blocking pores, its key active ingredients include sunflower and thistle oil, high in polyunsaturated fats which absorb easily into skin; jojoba oil to balance the sebaceous glands, leaving the skin silky and soft; lavender essential oil with healing and balancing properties; lemon essential oil to rejuvenate the skin; juniper berry essential oil to detoxify the body; and tea tree and sweet thyme essential oils, with antiseptic properties to help heal the pustules (or acne bumps).


Formulated with precious plant oils and actives, Ren Skincare Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil deeply hydrates, conditions and protects while giving skin a silky sheen. Instantly absorbed, your skin is left nourished and glowing with renewed health and radiance.


Oil treatments aren’t just for thick or frizzy hair: Moroccanoil Light is perfect for fine and fair-coloured hair. Boasting the same shiny, smooth and miraculous results as the original formula, its lighter consistency fortifies hair, improves elasticity, moisturises strands and shields against harmful environmental stressors, while specifically targeting the more delicate needs of fine-textured hair.

For an overnight treatment, Elemis Night Recovery Cream Oil combines the hydration of a moisturising cream with the powerful protection of an oil. Supporting the skin’s natural overnight circadian rhythm of repair and renewal, it leaves skin feeling rebalanced, restored and replenished. Blended with perilla seed oil and Elemis’s exclusive Night Scented Stock Oil, its high levels of antioxidant vitamins help to protect and limit trans-epidermal water loss for maximum hydration – so your complexion looks revitalised, nourished and healthy when you wake up in the morning.