When I first heard about using oil for cosmetic purposes, I cringed. Slathering a greasy liquid all over your face as a moisturizer?! The thought was absolutely foreign to me at the time.
But the truth is, oils are some of the most amazing products you can include in your beauty regimen. So what’s to love about these holy-grail oils?
There are countless ways you can use them for cosmetic purposes. From removing your makeup to shaving your legs to conditioning split ends and cuticles, beauty oils are the answer. They can even be used for DIY face scrubs, shampoos, masks and hair conditioners.
Since taking the plunge and trying out my first beauty oil, I’ve been a loyal fan and I have zero plans of going back. And because they have so many uses, I’ve been able to replace many beauty products in my medicine cabinet for just one beauty oil.
There are so many oils on the market now – some more recognizable in name than others. They can usually be found at your local grocery or health foods store. Prices and benefits range across brands, but they all have one common factor that unites them: Hydration!
Check out our list of beauty oils that will revolutionize your beauty routine:
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1. Argan Oil
With it being one of the most popular oils on the market, it’s no surprise to find out why people love it. Argan oil has the ability to help heal and prevent signs of aging. It is also known for its intense hydration properties, an ability to strengthen brittle hair and nails, and to prevent blemishes. And for those of us who aren’t particularly fond of having a super oiled-up feeling face, we can find comfort in knowing that Argan oil absorbs rather quickly into the skin.
2. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is probably one of the more common and underrated oils on the market, although it is used in plenty of cosmetic products. Grapeseed oil is extremely light in consistency, so it’s great for a hair hydrator that won’t weigh your locks down. A study conducted in Japan concluded that there was a significant amount of hair growth when Grapeseed oil was used as a tonic and a scalp treatment on mice. Because it naturally has non-allergenic properties, it’s amazing for more sensitive skin types.
3. Coconut Oil
Yes, we know. Coconut oil has been all the craze lately, and to some, it’s even viewed as the ultimate holy-grail beauty product due to its endless amounts of uses – which is why we couldn’t exclude it from this list! Coconut oil is said to be able to improve moisture levels and lipid content of the skin. It is also a great oil for protecting hair against sun damage, as it is able to block about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And if you’re feeling daring, coconut oil is commonly used in ‘oil pulling,’ which is essentially using coconut oil as a mouthwash. This method can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth and even improve dental health overall.
4. Baobab Oil
Although it’s name is probably less heard of than some of the oils on this list, it doesn’t mean that this oil doesn’t pack a powerful punch. Baobab oil is extracted from the seeds of baobab fruit trees, which grow in Africa. The average lifespan of Baobab trees is about 500 years and is revered by locals as “The Tree of Life,” so maybe that’s why it’s highly coveted as a beauty oil. It’s full of vitamins, including A, D, E, and F, which help to repair damaged skin cells, and omega fatty acids to aid in anti-aging. Plus, it absorbs quite quickly into the skin.
5. Marula Oil
Suitable for all skin types, this quickly-absorbing oil provides intense moisture without leaving a greasy residue. It contains Vitamins E and C, and is said to have the power to fight acne and scarring. It’s known to fight free radicals, so if you’re wanting an oil that’s great for anti-aging, this one is for you. And according to Cosmopolitan Magazine, it’s a great oil for those with acne-prone skin because it helps fight breakouts, accelerates how quickly your blemishes heal, and isn’t pore-clogging.
6. Rosehip Seed Oil
If you have dry, dehydrated or mature skin, say hello to Rosehip Seed Oil. This oil has high amounts of essential fatty acids, making it an amazing hydrator that fights signs of aging. This amber colored oil behaves like a “dry” oil, which means it soaks into the skin easier than most without leaving a greasy residue.
7. Camelina Oil
Not only can Camelina oil be used as a nutritional supplement to your diet, but it also works wonders as a topical solution for a ton of your beauty needs. Camelina oil is chocked full of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants, which help improve skin tone and prevent damage from free-radicals. It’s a great hydrator for skin, hair, and eyes. Camelina oil can also be used as a hair treatment that conditions the scalp, while ridding it of excess dandruff or ‘dry scalp.’
So while there are many oils to choose from, there’s really no way you can go wrong if you add these multi-tasking products into your beauty routine. Trust me, not only will your wallet thank you later, but so will your entire body – from head to toe.
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