The idea of simple skincare has gotten so popular over the last few years which is amazing. When you look at the lack of control the FDA has over the cosmetic industry (seriously, it’s scary) it’s enough to make you never want to buy another commercial product again. Beauty oils are a great natural addition to your daily routine as long as you choose the right ones for your body.
My skin is a big insecurity of mine so I know it can be hard trying new products, but the key here is matching your face to the right oil. If you have dry skin, avocado oil is a good option that won’t clog your pores the same way coconut oil does (DO NOT put coconut oil on your face unless you want a raging cystic acne breakout). People with oily skin, like me, can benefit from using jojoba oil, which replicates your body’s natural oil and tells it to chill with the excessive production. Tea tree and grapeseed oil both have anti-inflammatory properties so they work well with acne-prone skin. If you’re looking for an all around good oil, rosehip is lightweight but will also help balance out your skin tone. When you’re ready to use your face oil, warm two drops between your fingers and press it gently into your skin after applying your regular moisturizer.
When searching for hair oils you don’t need to be as picky as you are about face oils because now you just want the right level of moisture. Almond oil will moisturize finer hair without making it look greasy, and argan oil will provide the necessary deep moisture for thicker, curly hair. If you have colored or damaged hair, avocado oil will help soften it. To apply hair oils, section damp hair into several different parts and apply 2-4 drops per section depending on your hair type. You can also make a hair mask out of black castor oil and conditioner for an intense hair treatment.
First of all, don’t ever put body oils on your face; your face is way more sensitive and body oils aren’t formulated for it. Again, you don’t need to be as picky with these. Avocado oil is full of vitamin E, which has been known to minimize stretch marks, and olive oil has a high level of vitamin A. If you want to shrink pores you can try applying sesame oil. And if dry skin is the issue, coconut oil will pack a serious moisture punch (without the acne backlash that happens on the face).
Pulling oil doesn’t have a lot of scientific evidence backing it up but no matter what people agree it should whiten your teeth and it makes a good natural mouthwash. I haven’t tried this yet myself, but the basic idea of it is that oil (coconut, olive, whatever) will pull toxins out of your mouth and stick to the oil. To try this, take a tablespoon of your choice oil, swish it around for 5-20 minutes, SPIT IT OUT, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, and then brush your teeth like normal. I don’t have any coconut oil with me right now but as soon as I go home I plan on testing this out.
Comment below with your beauty oil experiences and any advice you have for beginners!