Natural oils are absolutely incredible for our skin, promoting beautiful and youthful skin from the inside out. Whether used externally or internally, natural oils have a long history of promoting healthy skin, hair and nails – completely naturally, without your body absorbing any chemicals, parabens and other potentially harmful ingredients found in many commercial beauty products. Natural oils have been part of my skin care routine for years, and since the concept of using oils may be new to some of you, I wanted to share some really simple ways to get started as well as share some of the amazing benefits.
Arian Oil – natural hair serum
Argan oil is one of the lightest skin oils and is great for all skin types. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E – the ultimate beauty nutrients – and all of which help maintain healthy skin elasticity (meaning less wrinkles) as well as give you a glowing complexion. It is my go-to for cuticles/nails and is my favourite hair oil. I love using a few drops (literally, just a few!) to keep my ends moisturised and to control any fly aways. Simply use it like you would any other hair serum – a little goes a long way.
Coconut Oil – body moisturiser & hair treatment
Coconut oil is naturally an incredible body moisturiser and also smells amazing. Solid at room temperature, it also makes a great addition to any homemade skin lotions and body butters (click here for an easy body butter recipe). Coconut oil penetrates the skin deeply, leaving your skin more subtle and better moisturised while also providing natural UV protection, blocking around 20% of UV rays.(1) Coconut oil is also effective against bacterial and fungal infections, and due to these anti-bacterial and fungal properties remains one of my go-to moisturisers for my kids – especially for preventing and treating nappy rashes.(2)
Other than as a body moisturiser, I love using coconut oil also as a hair treatment and research shows that compared to mineral oils (which is found in the majority of commercial hair products), coconut oil prevents protein loss from the hair and penetrate the hair shaft deeper than mineral oils, leaving the hair healthier and better protected from damage.(3) I simply apply a small handful to the lower half of my hair at night and sleep with it until I wash my hair in the morning. I usually shampoo twice after and have never experienced any greasy residue after that. It is amazing and so simple.
Rosehip Oil – anti-age facial oil
I have sung the praises of rosehip oil before, and it remains one of my favourite facial oils. Known for it’s rich vitamin C and antioxidant content, rosehip oil is the natural anti-age wonder.(4) It helps rejuvenate and repair the skin, leaving you with a great complexion. It is particularly great for ageing skin and help diminish the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. A good quality rosehip oil should be unrefined, rich and slightly dark in colour and have a distinct fragrance. Use a few drops after or in place of a serum, before your day or night cream. If you have oily skin, try jojoba oil instead, which helps the skin regulate its natural production of oil (read more here).
Almond Oil – body moisturiser & heat protectant
Almond oil has a high smoke point, which makes it ideal for protecting your hair against the damaging effect of heat styling, making it an amazing and all natural heat protectant. Using your hands, simply apply a small amount on damp hair before blow drying, straightening or curling it. After you’re done, rub a couple of drops in the palms of your hands and squeeze onto the ends of your hair in place of a moisturising serum.
Other than a great heat protectant, almond oil is another favourite body moisturiser and is a great alternative to coconut oil if you prefer a liquid oil. I like to add a few essential oils for extra scent, but even by itself, almond oil is the ideal oil for normal to dry skin and will help keep your bod moisturised all day long. To avoid the grease, apply your body oil straight out of the shower while you’re still a little wet. This will allow the oil to absorb much quicker, leaving you less greasy.
To get you started…
- Mix a few drops of oil with your foundation for additional moisture and skincare benefits.
- Massage oil over a dry clay-based mask to help remove it easily.
- Apply a little oil over drying nail polish for a flexible, high-shine seal that resists scuffs.
- Dab a little oil on your pulse points before spraying on perfume to help prolong the scent.
- Add a few drops of oil to your hair conditioner for extra moisture.
- Use oil on dry hair as a hair serum to help tame flyways and add extra moisture to dry ends.
- Blend oil with your body moisturizer or apply it directly on extra-dry patches for a boost of hydration.
- Massage oils onto your cuticles to help boost nail growth and prevent dryness.
- Dab a little oil on your lashes and eye brows for a natural look