Many advertisers make oil out to be an enemy; but don’t be let them fool you. Once you discover the wonders of oil, it will become the greatest thing that’s ever happened to your beauty regime. Using oil can deeply nourish the hair and skin. It helps to diminish your body’s production of natural oils which in turn reduces the greasy appearance of skin and hair. Oil contains hundreds of uses from make-up remover to hair rejuvenation, but choosing the right oil for the job can be daunting.
We’ve compiled a quick breakdown of some of the best oils you can use to spice up your beauty routine. Use these from head to toe to look fresh and hydrated. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
This is the crème de la crème in the oil world. Some could describe it as a liquid gold (and costs just about at much as gold at $40 for 3.4 fl oz). Moroccan oil works well for all hair types. It includes a combination of argon oil and other vitamins that work to revitalize hair. To use, apply a dime sized amount to wet hair. For extra shine, rub a drop between your hands and run it from the middle to the ends of the hair. Be careful, however, because too much will make your hair appear greasy. A common misconception is that this oil will weigh down thin hair. In fact, oil adds volume and health to hair. For this type of oil, a little goes a long way. It doesn’t need to be used daily; just apply it when hair starts to look dull and drab. If you enjoy the Moroccan oil line they have an entire product line that includes shampoo and condition, hair mask, hairspray, and a lite version.
If you are looking for all the benefits of Moroccan Oil but don’t want to pay the price, a close dupe is the Macadamia Brand Oil. This company has a full line of products that do wonders for the hair, but they’re not quite as miraculous as Moroccan oil.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Many people already have Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in their kitchens, but don’t know of its secret beauty uses. Many Italian matriarchs will attest to Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as a wonderful hair mask treatment. Warm up a ¼ a cup of olive oil, or enough to fully saturate your hair. Apply all over your hair and put on a shower cap. Then, hop in the shower and go through your routine waiting to shampoo and condition your hair until the end to wash out the oil. For more extreme cases of dry hair, this mask could be left on overnight. As a forewarning, this mask can sometimes leave your hair a little weighed down until your next shampoo.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil acts as a nourishing relief for dry, cracked feet and neglected skin. Make sure to buy virgin coconut oil because it still retains that delicious coconut smell. This oil is solid at room temperature. To release the oils, you can microwave it for a few seconds or it will slowly melt with the temperature of your hands as well. After applying a thick layer to your feet, put on some socks and go to bed. In a few nights, your feet will be baby soft. This also works as an all-over moisturizer, but it can take a few minutes to absorb into skin. If this oil gets on your clothes, don’t worry. It shouldn’t leave an oil mark. This oil can be used in the hair and on the face but it is often far too heavy for most skin and hair types.
Essential Oils have many uses for skincare and aromatherapy. There are a variety of essential oils for every skincare need. For a comprehensive overview of essential oils, check out The Complete book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. This book includes recipes and the benefits found in a majority of essential oils. It’s important to understand that essential oils should never be applied neet on the skin. Neet simply means undiluted or not yet mixed with carrier oil. Common carrier oils include jojoba oil, argon oil, and sweet almond oil. These oils are typically light enough to be used on the face without clogging pores. These carrier oils can be used as natural eye-makeup remover.
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