Until this year, I didn’t think body oil was necessary in my skincare routine. It seemed like an extra thing you rub on your body to feel luxurious after enjoying a day at the spa. But after experiencing the transformative effects Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil ($72) had on my acne-prone skin this summer, I can’t imagine my beauty regimen without it.
For people with dry, sensitive skin like me, body oils can often be more hydrating than lotions and creams. Their occlusive nature helps them retain more skin moisture. “A body oil will provide a protective barrier to dry skin and keep skin texture smooth, whereas lotion tends to evaporate and doesn’t provide the same improvement in tactile texture that you would get with an oil,” board-certified dermatologist , Dr. Loretta Ciraldo , MD previously told W+G.
That being said, I started my journey using Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil in early April. It’s a solution that delivers a punch one, two, three: soothes skin, brightens its appearance, and locks in moisture where it’s needed most. From dry locks on your head to rough skin on your cheeks and around your cuticles, you can use it on almost every part of your body.
But unlike some body oils on the market, this formula gets its strength from one very remarkable source: plum oil. This is an ingredient naturally packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it contains “high levels of omega fatty acids that soften and protect the skin; vitamin A, which enhances cell turnover; and vitamin E and polyphenols, which provide antioxidant benefits,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD. Also, the solution is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores), so you can rest easy if you have acne-prone skin.
The formula is light honey in color and has an almost watery consistency, allowing it to soak into the skin almost immediately. And since it’s so absorbent, it won’t make you look like a greasy doughnut. I was able to apply five drops to my face without needing a tissue to wipe off any excess residue, quite a feat for oils indeed!
I was also pleasantly surprised at how well the solution kept my cuticles from growing out of control. FYI, I wear long acrylic nails and my cuticles are constantly dry. But after a week of applying a few drops of this to my nails, my cuticles felt much smoother and less noticeable. The formula also has a natural fruity scent, but it’s not overpowering for those who prefer minimal to no fragrance.
Although you can apply a few drops directly to your skin, the brand recommends mixing a drop or two with a moisturizer to “enhance its benefits.” Personally, I like to put a few drops on after slathering lotion on my face. This helps seal in my skin care and leaves my face more supple. But the best part is that I haven’t experienced any breakouts and my skin has a subtle glow the morning after each use. Sure, the $72 price tag is a pretty hefty investment, but given its combination of illuminating and hydrating power, worth it, in my opinion.
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