Natural oils have been a beauty staple since the beginning of time. Today, they are still used to enhance gorgeous skin and hair, as well as in nutritional supplements. Let’s break down some of the most popular oils on the market and find out what is so special about each one.
1. Lavender Oil
Believed to be one of the few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin, lavender oil is a natural antiseptic with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that helps you relax and de-stress. It’s also a popular essential oil used for body massages.
Those who are suffering eczema can benefit from applying lavender oil to their skin in moderation although excessive use can lead to skin irritation, so don’t overdo the product. Many women use it as a hair conditioner but be careful if the scent makes you feel nauseated or weak.
2. Lemon Oil
It’s not just healthy to eat lemons their oil can be used on your body as well. It can brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing dead skin cells while its fragrance tends to be warming and enhancing.
If you are using lemon essential oils, especially outdoors during summer, be careful to only use a little bit, as this type may cause a “photo-toxicity” rash.
3. Rose Oil
Rich in Vitamins A and C, rose oil is great for nourishing your skin deeply. Use it as anti-wrinkle therapy and to increase cell regeneration. It has been known to help soften scare tissue and used widely in anti-aging remedies.
On a side note even with the benefits of rose hip tea, be careful: drinking too much sometimes can cause intestinal problems and lead to abdominal pain.
4. Avocado Oil
Consumers have seen a great resurgence of the avocado in recent years. Great for women with thin or thinning hair it can be massaged it into your scalp to get fuller, healthier locks. Avocado oil won’t leave a heavy, greasy feeling in your hair after application.
I prefer the benefits of eating avocados but you also can apply mashed avocado for a quick facial.
5. Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil)
Indigenous Australians used tea tree oil for natural healing. Besides soothing your skin after a harsh sunburn, it’s said to heal acne and other skin diseases. Tea tree oil has gained a lot of popularity with modern shampoos and beauty products. To some tea tree oil is extremely strong so watch out for rash breakouts when applying tea tree oil products and use sparingly.
6. Argan Oil
Argan oil has become increasingly popular for cosmetic use. This is a great moisturizer for dry or chapped skin and anyone looking for anti-aging creams should try applying Argan oil to their skin to increase the elasticity and new skin cells.
Because it’s often termed “liquid gold,” a lot of sellers are cashing in on Argan oil’s beauty benefits. Make sure you are only buying the 100-percent reputable Argan oil, and not purchasing products with an imitation Argan oil blend.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile natural oils out there. You can use it as a moisturizer, but it’s also great for removing makeup, as a hair conditioner and de-tangler. Extra bonus? It’s also edible, so you can ingest it for an intake of healthy fats or food substitute.
The drawback is that high in calories you will need to watch your intake and eat other healthy foods as well. You only need to consume one tablespoon of coconut oil to get the recommended amount of healthy fats.
Using natural oils for skin care there are many additional oils to be used for beauty care. Starting with a few already infused in your favorite beauty products is a good start as well as adding your own to a daily regime. As with anything, use caution and common sense. Find out which oils work best for you, or which ones you should avoid.
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