From head to toe, beauty oils for skin can help cure some of your biggest skincare woes.
Beauty oils for skin have been causing a buzz in the skincare and cosmetic industries, but not everyone is so enthusiastic. Oils may seem too light to combat real dryness or too heavy to help with oily skin and acne, but beauty oils are much more than just another trend. Many oils have natural properties that can help you tackle even your worst skincare woes. By understanding the most common oils and how they can support your skin, you can choose the right oil product for you. Get to know some essential beauty oils with this perfect primer.
Marula oil comes from the marula fruit and is packed with vitamin C—four times the amount found in an orange, in fact. Vitamin C has long been included in anti-aging products, thanks to its ability to help fade discoloration and soothe dry spots. At the same time, marula oil contains high levels of fatty acids and may help to soothe damaged skin through moisturization and hydration. Did we mention it can also nourish dry hair? If your hair is feeling a little more like straw than silk, look for a conditioner with a healthy dose of marula oil .
Coconut oil is one of those rare products that can be used in many different ways. You might have a jar of it for cooking in your kitchen right now, but it's not just a pantry staple. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and it has a lovely, light scent. You can use it on dry or chapped skin from your head to your toes or even use it as a super-hydrating shave cream. No longer just for the kitchen, that jar of Nutiva Coconut Oil should become a staple in your bathroom cupboard as well.
Extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, argan oil is also known as Moroccan oil. Whatever you call it, its fatty acids and high levels of antioxidants can bring benefits to your skin. It's easily absorbed by your body, which allows it to penetrate deeply without leaving a greasy residue. If you're worried about how beauty oils for skin will feel, argan oil is a great place to start—and it can be used for just about everything. You can soften cuticles, nourish split ends, or use as a moisturizer. Try using Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil underneath your makeup to smooth out fine lines and prep your skin for the day.
Grape-seed oil is harvested from seeds of grapes and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have shown it to be effective for combating things like puffy, dark, or tired eyes. Try using it as a nighttime serum and you might just wake up to brighter eyes in the morning. To bring these benefits to your morning routine, try smoothing some of Aura Cacia's Grape-Seed Oil on problem areas before your regular moisturizer.
Jojoba oil's molecular makeup is similar to the sebum produced by your body to protect your skin. Unfortunately, when your body produces too much sebum, it clogs pores and creates acne. Using a product containing jojoba oil, such as Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub, deposits jojoba beads onto your skin, essentially tricking your body into thinking it has already produced enough sebum. Research has shown that this might slow down production and may help you see clearer skin. Jojoba oil also has an extremely long shelf life, so you won't have to buy it all the time.
Beauty oils might seem like a fad, but their many benefits are too great to ignore. Don't sit this beauty buzz out—by choosing the right type of oil for your skin, you can find a new approach to skin care and help heal past skin mistakes.
by Jae Curtis
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These articles are not a substitute for medical advice and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.