I’m sure we’ve all heard the benefits of oils over the past few years, coconut oil especially, and if you read my blog regularly you’ll know I’m absolutely obsessed with oils.
Since there’s a plethora of oils out there these days, it can be quite hard to know where to begin. Which ones should you purchase? How do you use them? Well, today, I’m here to share with you my favourites and how you can incorporate them into your beauty regime.
You didn’t expect me to start without mentioning coconut oil, did you? In all honesty, coconut oil really is the holy grail, but I’m sure you’ve already read a million blog posts raving about the benefits so I’ll just put it simply. Coconut oil is excellent for both skin and hair. I use it on a cotton swab nightly to remove eye makeup and also use it as a moisturizing hair mask by applying it to my hair at night and washing it out in the morning.
Although not related to skin or hair, I thought I’d mention I also love to use coconut oil for oil pulling. It’s a great way to whiten teeth, pull out toxins & improve your mouth hygiene. Seriously amazing. More information on oil pulling over here.
A rich and lovely oil for the skin and hair, it’s very nourishing full of protein, fat and antioxidants. It helps to treat sunburn, and also boosts collagen production and softens the skin.
I love to use avocado oil instead of a shaving cream. I often find it works even better than coconut oil. It adds slickness and is filled with anti-oxidants and beta-carotene, helping prevent sun damage. It’s absorbed very easily, which contributes to all day hydration post-shave.
Grapeseed oil was once the well-kept secret of many traditional cosmetic repertoires. It’s an easily absorbed, gentle oil that is light on the skin, and ironically more ideal for oily skin than dry. It never leaves skin feeling heavy with oil. Instead, it effectively moisturizes the skin, balancing both dry and oily patches. When used as a toner, grape seed oil can penetrate blocked pores and cleanse breakouts.
It can also be used as a hydrating moisturizer to prevent acne, ageing and wrinkles due to its beta-carotene and high vitamin content. Apply as a night serum, just a few drops is all you’ll need!
Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, besides a number of other minerals and vitamins, which explains why it is so good for our skin and hair. It’s a natural way to clear dead skin cells, even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.
I love to use sweet almond oil as a body moisturiser after showering. To enhance absorption, make sure the oil is warmed to body temperature before applying. Since almond oil contains Vitamin E, one of the most potent antioxidants, it can help repair damage done to the collagen layer, meaning it can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly, if you have dark circles or bags under your eyes, sweet almond oil can actually lighten dark circles – really just the best thing ever. Apply a small amount of the oil every night before bed. Absolute lifesaver when you’re running on 5 hours sleep.
For facial skin care, rosehip oil offers several benefits when applied externally due to its primary constituents: essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A.
I apply it daily to my face and LOVE to mix it in with my moisturizer, particularly in the colder months when my skin is quite dry. It’s also effective for dry areas of your skin including elbows, knees and heels.
Rosehip oil has a high content of essential fatty acids and is a perfect skin hydration tool. You can make your own DIY spray by mixing it with water in a spray bottle and spritzing it on your face. Otherwise, I adore this rosewater facial mist.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Tea tree oil is a MIRACLE worker when it comes to clearing acne. Some have said it works just as well as the top drugstore acne remedy benzoyl peroxide. Dab a small amount onto your blemishes 1-2 times a day & just let it work its magic.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia oil has a high fatty acid profile which helps with cellular regeneration, giving it anti aging properties. It’s a light weight/medium oil that doesn’t feel greasy on the skin, but has a great moisturizing effect. It prevents water loss, keeping your skin soft and hydrated, which makes it one of my favourite winter skincare saviors.
Use this oil for very dry skin, to treat dry patches or soothe skin conditions. I love to mix it with sweet almond oil, the two work seamlessly together. Another fab use is to use it as aftershave to prevent razor burns and ingrown hairs.
Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree and technically it’s not actually an oil, but rather a wax ester, the most similar to human skin oil. By applying jojoba oil, it can “trick” your skin into thinking it’s producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. The only jojoba oil I have ever used is this one from The Jojoba Company and I don’t think I will ever use another. I loved it so much that I went on to buy the Jojoba makeup remover and hydrating day cream, both I absolutely adore.
There a plenty of uses for jojoba oil. Personally I love to mix in a few drops with my conditioner for extra hydration, use it to remove my makeup, apply a couple drops to my lips when they’re dry, or the most common, using it simply as a moisturizer.
Do you use oils in your beauty routine? Do you have any favourites?