How to Incorporate Oils into Your Beauty Routine

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.

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Coconut Oil

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.

Avocado Oil

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

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

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.

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Rosehip Oil

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.

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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.

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Jojoba Oil

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.

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Do you use oils in your beauty routine? Do you have any favourites?

  • Coconut oil is such a handy thing to have, it literally works for everything! x

    http://www.abeautyromance.com
    http://www.abeautyromance.com

    • You can never go wrong! Seriously a million uses! xx

  • Coconut oil is good for so many things!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Aaaamazing isn’t it?! xx

  • So many oils! I love using coconut oil to take off my makeup and olive oil sometimes as a night moisturiser type treatment. My favourite facial oil is from Beuti Skincare it has a ridiculous amount of essential oils, I wear it before going to sleep and beneath my makeup. It makes my skin feel like velvet, amazing. Great post, I need to try oil pulling! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • You should try jojoba oil as a makeup remover, SO good!! Ooh need to look into beuti skincare! xx

  • Loved this post! I love coconut oil for oil pulling and using as a body moisturizer, and grapeseed oil is amazing for taking off makeup. I’ve been using it for a few months and my skin has gotten so much better!

    http://www.breakfastatvogueblog.com/

    • Thanks Courtney! Love it!! Grape seed oil is the best xx

  • lifestyleandso

    lovely post,oils are sogreat indeedfor the skin,i use almond oil on my skin as a night cream and it does so well the job,thank you for sharing x

    lifestyleandso.blogspot.com

    • Almond oil is so so lovely! Thank you!! xx

  • lovely post and so useful for all the vegans and cruelty free supportes out there! Personally, I have only used coconut oil which I’m loving as a make up remover and almond oil as a mask on my hair. Love it! Kisses from Greece

    http://beauty-corns.blogspot.gr/

    • Thank you! Perfect for vegans! They’re two of my favourites, love how almond oil makes my hair feel :) xx

  • I am JUST getting into essential oils! I’m so excited to explore more :)

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverydayelevated.com

    • Yayyyy! They’re seriously the best! xx

  • Yay I’ve been looking for a rosewater mist, and I’m so happy you recommended one! Going to purchase today ;)

    Lisa
    http://www.theeverydayelevated.com

    • It’s amazing!! You’ll love it :) xx

  • LOVE this post! One of my favorite Things about beauty is looking for natural ways to do things (coconut oil seriously is the holy grail)!! I am really interested in avocado oil after reading this post (:

    I recently wrote a blog post about my DIY essential oils facial mist spray! You should check it out!

    XX -Kaylee

    http://www.kayleekarcher.com

  • I really enjoyed this post. I love using oils in my beauty routine (coconut and rosehip are by far my two favourites) but I learned lots here.

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

  • Selina Moses

    I love oils. I use coconut for general purposes and rosehip for around my eyes instead of eye cream. Use both for my face at night and tea tree for spots

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  • Lisa

    Great Post.
    Coconut Oil ist also definetly one of my favourite essentials!

  • Patricia Martinez Aldana

    We use malaleluca as anti-stress and headache relief remedy, it works miracles!, it also keep lice out of the way..it is a repelent!

  • Big fan of this post. I find oils hard to understand and what to use them for. Definitely buying grapeseed, rosehip and almond!

  • I currently use The Body Shop’s Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil for my dry, cracked cuticles. Makes my cuticles look like they just stepped out of a salon.

    I’ve also used pure Vitamin E oil as a night time eye moisturizer for the past 10 years – no crows feet yet!

  • Forgot to mention – I usually eat a tablespoon of sunflower seeds each day (unsalted) in my cereal. They always make my skin look super bright and healthy. I always notice a difference in my skin if I run out of my seed stash!

    • Ooh what a great tip!! I love sunflower seeds in salads or avocado toast – I should up my intake! Thanks lovely :) xx