Beauty: it's all about the oils.Far from the days of our oleophobic mums, we have turned full circle and now beauty oils are often the answer to many of our aesthetic trials and tribulations.
Are You Afraid to Use Beauty Oils for Fear of Greasy Skin and Hair?
What is the Best Hair OilWhen you are looking for the best hair oil, you may find that argan oil is mentioned again and again. Made from the kernels of the argan tree, which grows only in Morocco, argan oil is one of the ultimate beauty oils for hair, and is also great for the face and skin, and the cuticles.
Argan oil for hairApply a quarter-size amount to your hands, and rub them together as if you were applying hand lotion. Then run your fingers through your clean, damp hair, concentrating on the ends but also distributing throughout. This technique prevents you from applying too much in one spot. When your hair dries, it is soft, shiny and not oily in the slightest. If you have finer, or thinner hair, use a dime-size amount rather than a quarter. For thicker hair, it's ok to use quite a lot, and I promise you it will not make your hair look greasy.
Other hair oilsAnother great hair oil that I use is Afragreen Total Hair Nutrition. It's a great mixture, which contains olive oil, grape seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, almond oil, castor oil, jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, rosemary, nettle, horsetail, chamomile, black seed, lavender, basil, sage and vitamin E. Believe me when I say it makes your hair luxuriously soft, and it really has helped me get less flyaways and breakage. Which is great for summer when your hair is constantly getting caught in the bling on your sweet sunglasses!
Some beauty uses for coconut oilAnother of the best beauty oils is coconut oil. My favourite body butter has coconut oil as a main ingredient (along with other healing oils such as macadamia nut and hemp seed) and it is really therapeutic. It can quickly heal dry, cracked or troubled skin, and it is amazing for long winters. You can use pure coconut directly on your skin and hair. The best way to use it is to rub it vigorously in your hands to warm it up before applying to your skin or hair. A small amount goes a long way when its warmed up this way. I read on pinterest that you can whip coconut oil to make it even more delicious to apply to your skin, but I haven't tried it yet... I'll keep you updated! Coconut oil really has 1001 uses, including removing eye makeup and as a lip balm. It's also delicious to fry food in, but that's another tale!
Cuticle oilAnother oil I adore is cuticle oil. I use Julep's essential cuticle oil. It really helps if you get hangnails or just dry cuticles, and it smells nice. Other cuticle oils would work fine but I always prefer to use natural oils whenever possible. This cuticle oil contains jojoba, sweet almond, castor, rosewood, lavender, and ylang ylang oils, along with vitamin e oil for a purely natural boost for the delicate skin around your fingernails. Any of these oils would also work plain as a cuticle oil, particularly the sweet almond oil.
Essential oils for beautyEssential oils can also be useful for health and beauty DIY. You can use them in DIY deodorant, soaps or lotions. You can also add them to epsom salts or directly into the water for a lovely foot soak. To apply it directly to your skin, some essential oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil such as almond oil as they may irritate in the concentrated doses they are sold in. It really depends on the oil but there's tons of information online about each oil. My favourite is sweet orange oil for a foot soak.
DIY Coconut Oil Conditioning Spray
Get an empty spray bottle, put 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and fill with warm water. Shake and spray on your hair for a great leave-in conditioner.
Relaxing Essential Oil Soak
From whole living, draw yourself a bath and sprinkle in some epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and half a cup of baking soda to draw out toxins and balance your skin's pH.
DIY Sugar Hand Scrub
Put about 2 tablespoons of sugar in your hand, pour a good amount of olive oil over top, and scrub! This will give you deliciously soft hands in under a minute. This also works with coconut oil, and can also be used on your knees or feet or really anywhere if you're willing to jump in the shower after.