Oils are all the rage right now for your skin and hair. Oils add much needed hydration and nutrients to your body so that you can have rich, clean and youthful hair and soft, supple skin. With so many beauty oils on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which one might be best for you. So, I took it to the experts at Shape magazine and here is what I found out.
1. If You Have Sensitive Skin, Try Chamomile Oil
Chamomile is super soothing and that’s what makes it such a great choice for sensitive skin. It’s often combined with other oils, such as apricot oil and you should always check the label to be sure it’s not mixed with something that could irritate your skin. Chamomile works to combat inflammation, which is why it’s great for a flare-up of sensitivity. Use it regularly and you’re sure to see a difference in no time.
2. Try Olive and Avocado Oil for Rough Patches
Don’t you just hate those dry, rough patches that crop up on your elbows, knees and other spots on your body? Rubbing them with a blend of avocado and olive oil can really help. The fats that both oils contain are super hydrating so when they soak into your rough patches, they leave the skin soft and smooth. You’ll have to use it on regular basis though.
3. Thick, Curly Hair Needs Coconut and Soybean Oil
Look for a blend of soybean and coconut oil if you have a ton of curls on your head. Why? Because the mixture will penetrate and deep condition your strands, helping them look hydrated, smooth and lush. The oils will also help fight frizz by keeping things under control.
4. Macadamia and Argan Oil is the Perfect Blend for Fine Hair
Women with fine hair, myself included, usually wish for more volume instead of the flatness that thin strands usually offer. By applying a mixture of macadamia and argan oil to your hair, you can get the look you want. Both are lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down so you can get volume and hydration all rolled into one.
5. Do You Have Oily Skin? Use Jojoba and Neem Oil
I suffer from shine on my face from time to time and it turns out that a blend of jojoba and neem oil can help. It’s lightweight so it won’t produce breakouts, but it does help reduce the production of sebum on the surface of your skin. The blend is also soothing and will help prevent future breakouts.
6. Sun Damaged Skin Responds Well to a Blend of Oils
According to the experts at Shape magazine, pomegranate seed oil mixed with macadamia and jojoba seed oil is perfect for reversing the effects of sun damage. Apply the mixture to your skin and you fill it with antioxidants that help repair damage and fight off future sun damage. Of course, this oil won’t replace sunscreen so make sure you’re practicing good sun safety when you’re outdoors.
7. Use Rose Hip Oil and Camellia Seed Oil for anti-Aging
Let’s be honest – we’re all looking for a way to stay looking young, right? Turns out that rose hip and camellia seed oils work wonders in that regard. They’ll hydrate to plump up your skin, which helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Both oils also contain nutrients that protect skin from aging.
8. Try Grapeseed Oil if You're Prone to Acne
No girl wants to suffer through a breakout. You might think that using oil is only going to make the situation worse. That's simply not true. In fact, grapeseed oil has astringent properties, which means it can help clear your pores and fight acne. At the same time, it also contains linoleic acid, which works to heal your skin and fight inflammation.
9. Battle Skin Irritation with Sesame Oil
Sesame oil doesn't get a lot of press, but it's been used for centuries in Ayurvedic styles of medicine. The oil is great for fighting irritation on your skin. The experts say that it's especially useful for treating wind burn or sunburn. If you have an allergy to sesame, it may cause a reaction when used topically so talk to your doctor first.
10. Use Tea Tree Oil to Fight Skin Infections
There are several reasons you might be suffering with a skin infection. Such infections can occur anywhere on your body and could be a result of fungus or bacteria. Tea tree oil can help battle the infection and restore your skin health. It's also a great choice for easing the discomfort of bug bites and lice. Tea tree oil can also be a powerful treatment for dandruff. Talk about a double duty product!
Do you use oils in your beauty routine? Which ones are your favorite?