DON’T GET LEFT HIGH & DRY

Th­ese oils are easy fixes for dry hair, parched skin, and chapped lips

Men's Health (Australia) - - Grooming - WORDS BY SAN­DRA NYGAARD AD­DI­TIONAL WORDS BY KATE NIVEN

If your body was a Porsche, then dry hair, fine lines and rough skin would light up your dash­board – they’re all in­di­ca­tors that you’re low on oil. In fact, oils are an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of your rou­tine, as they de­liver much-needed hy­dra­tion to your skin and hair, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Sukin, Tina Ran­dello. What’s grind­ing your gears isn’t just the hard mileage of a few late nights at work. It’s also the harsh cleansers you use. If you over­wash your skin or hair “it will be­come de­hy­drated and pro­duce more oil in re­sponse,” says Ran­dello. Make the switch to milder, oilen­riched prod­ucts that won’t dry you out, and roll back your odome­ter in the process.

1/ Face Cleanser

What’s the best way to clean an oily dial? Be­lieve it or not, it’s more oil. An oil-based cleanser will not only loosen sur­face dirt and im­pu­ri­ties, the nour­ish­ing for­mula will make sure your skin is left soft and smooth rather than dry and tight. Anti-in­flam­ma­tory botan­i­cals in­clud­ing cal­en­dula and moringa oil will also help to im­prove your skin’s over­all tex­ture. Erno Las­zlo Sen­si­tive Cleans­ing Oil, $58, sephora.com.au

2/ Con­di­tioner

Many con­di­tion­ers leave your hair feel­ing heavy and life­less. But this prod­uct soft­ens and strength­ens with­out leav­ing your hair limp. The magic in­gre­di­ent? Al­mond oil. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, phos­pho­lipids, vi­ta­min E and mag­ne­sium, al­mond oil will pro­tect and hy­drate your hair from the in­side out. Head & Shoul­ders Dry Scalp Care Con­di­tioner with 3Ac­tion For­mula, $12.49, chemist­ware­house.com.au

3/ Beard Oil

Your face can be­come ir­ri­tated when it’s dry, leav­ing it prone to nicks when you’re trim­ming. A beard con­di­tioner fixes that prob­lem, while in­gre­di­ents such as sun­flower and grape­seed oil work to pro­tect and smooth. Fi­nally, an oil-based emol­lient adds shine and soft­ens bris­tles with­out get­ting stuck in them the way a cream-based lo­tion might. Not a good look. Le Labo Beard Oil, $88, mecca.com.au

4/ Lip Balm

No, it’s not girly. Be­sides, this isn’t the wa­ter­melon-flavoured stick your girl­friend keeps stashed in her purse. A qual­ity lip balm is packed with fats that are es­sen­tial to keep­ing your smack­ers mois­turised. This quench­ing balm trades the parabens and pe­tro­leum found in many typ­i­cal sticks for nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as shea but­ter, av­o­cado oil and green tea leaf ex­tract. Go get ’em. Jack Nlack In­tense Ther­apy Lip Balm, $12.95, mens­biz.com.au

5/ Mois­turiser

Think of mois­tur­is­ing as a long-term in­vest­ment. “By main­tain­ing reg­u­lar hy­dra­tion you pre­vent in­ter­nal skin dam­age that oc­curs due to the ab­sence of water, which leads to ex­ter­nal skin dam­age,” says Ran­dello. Use a prod­uct that con­tains light­weight oils to quickly pen­e­trate your skin. (Oth­ers just coat the sur­face, mak­ing your face look shiny). This lo­tion con­tains se­same, co­conut and jo­joba oils. Sukin Men’s Fa­cial Mois­turiser, $12.95, suki­nor­gan­ics.com

6/ Anti-ag­ing Oil

A few drops of an anti-age­ing lo­tion on your face and neck each morn­ing can help min­imise the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles once they ap­pear. You want plenty of pep­tides in there, along with an­tiox­i­dants like vi­ta­min C. This prod­uct’s nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, like jo­joba, rose­hip oil, cal­en­dula oil and ar­nica oil, also go a long way to­wards keep­ing your skin look­ing bright, healthy and youth­ful. Bro-to Face Hero, $45, go­to­skin­care.com

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