Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Healthy, Shining Summer Skin with Body Oil

 *This post contains PR samples.
There are precious few months where I live during which to enjoy the feeling of sun hitting your skin and a warm breeze blowing in your hair. From late September to mid May the weather is quite cold, meaning that the summer months are to be cherished. I associate several things with summer: iced tea (unsweetened please, the more bitter the better), the smell of freshly mowed grass and of course the perfume of NUXE Huile Prodigieuse. 

To be fair, the final item that made the cut is a relatively recent addition to the list. When I first spent time in Paris, NUXE was my special pharmacie discovery that I cherished. Naturally when I fell into the "beauty community" I discovered that my special little secret was a certified cult product ... with good reason. My love affair with the feeling of NUXE's well loved dry oil fueled a love for body oils in general. Though I tend to favor them most during the warm summer months when I like the skin on my arms and legs to appear healthy and slightly shiny, there is no denying that such oils are also helpful moisturizing tools during the coldest winter months. 

Though I adore the ritual of pouring a quarter size amount of NUXE Huile Prodigieuse into my palm, warming it and applying it on my arms and legs (and even in my hair!) it's the smell that I cherish above all else. I most certainly wore perfume while studying in Paris, but I started using this dry oil during that magical period and its fragrance brings back many wonderful memories. I detect neroli, nameless flowers (I know, for shame) and the subtlest hint of musk: the fragrance doesn't linger long but it's heaven while it does. 

Huile Prodigieuse taught me to appreciate dry oil that absorbs quickly leaving the skin with a slight sheen, but ultimately feeling like moisturized skin rather than skin under a coating of lotion. I'm sure you know the balmy, occasionally uncomfortable texture to which I refer. This appreciation of the quick, efficient moisturizing properties of dry oil led me into the arms of L'Occitane's Huile Tonique and subsequently one of my favorites for its portability and efficiency, J.R. Watkins excellent Body Oil Mist. J.R. Watkins Grapefruit* and Coconut Milk & Honey* are my favorites when I'm in a rush because I don't need to first pour the oil onto my hands ... it sprays right onto my skin! 

(Left to right): J.R. Watkins Body Oil Mist Grapefruit*, J.R. Watkins Body Oil Mist Coconut Milk & Honey*, L'Occitane Huile Tonique Amande, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse 

As the weather reluctantly becomes warmer each year I grow eager for many things (despite my constant perennial commentary about already eagerly anticipating autumn ...) and one of these things is dry oil. Odd as that may sound, there's something pleasant and simplistic about skipping lotion and perfume all together in favor of a quick, moisturizing and pleasantly scented product that has the added bonus of making one's skin look excellent. Think bikini clad Brigitte Bardot. Alright, maybe I'm over-selling but you get the idea: chic, French, swimsuit ready skin.

Do you have a favorite skin care product that you turn to each summer?

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*These items were provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.