When it comes to skincare, many of us see beauty oils as the ultimate enemy.
We use only products that are stamped as OIL FREE and some even try to avoid eating oily foods for fear of oil coming out on their skin. However, avoiding beauty oils actually stimulates your skin to produced more oil, leading to breakouts and clogged pores.
Oil actually attaches well to the natural oil (sebum) produced by your skin, and lifts it away, leaving your skin clear and soft. However, not every one of the beauty oils available is beneficial to your skin, so it’s important to choose the right oil for you, and to use it in the correct way.
Use coconut oil as a makeup remover! This oil will remove even the most heavy duty waterproof mascara and eyeliner, but it’s gentle enough even for sensitive skin. Simply warm up the coconut oil in your hands, rub it gentle on to your face wherever there is makeup, and use a damp face cloth to remove the oil along with your makeup. Remember never to sleep with your makeup on, as this will cause blemishes and blackheads.
Of all the beauty oils, Jojoba oil is very light and can be easily absorbed by the skin. It mimics the natural sebum produced by your skin, which convinces the skin to produce less oil. You can use jojoba oil as a cleanser, by simply massaging it in to your skin. It will cleanse deeply and dissolve sebum deposits in the skin, removing blackhead very efficiently. Remove it by spraying your favourite toner on to a cotton pad, and simply wiping it away. Jojoba oil is naturally anti-inflammatory, so you can leave it on overnight on parts of your skin that are irritated or breaking out in order to soothe them and regulate their oil production.
Hemp Seed Oil
It is completely non comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores if they are left on the skin. It’s a dry oil, so it’s perfect to use as a moisturiser as it won’t leave the skin looking shiny. However, you could also use it as a cleanser in the same way as jojoba oil. Hemp seed oil helps to remove blackheads and fights acne, as well as psoriasis and eczema. It makes your skin much more supple, and reduces free radical damage whilst providing your skin with essential fatty acids.
This oil is seriously thick and you will feel like you have oil on your face, but it is highly anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It’s fantastic for those with skin prone to breakouts, and contains lots of vitamin E that helps to heal and fade acne scars and any other discoloration. It can be used as a cleanser or a moisturiser, but we recommend mixing it with a thinner oil, such as jojoba or hemp in order o make it more comfortable. Castor oil is also great for hair growth, so apply it to your scalp, brows and lashes to help them grow thick, long and strong!
Celebrity fans of this oil include Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton! These ladies always look effortlessly gorgeous and their skin looks glowing and baby soft. Rosehip oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, that smooth the texture and tone of the skin. Plus, it’s high in antioxidants Vitamin C and Retinoic acid. They reduce fine lines and make your skin look illuminated and glowing. This oil can penetrate deeply in to the skin, where it increases collagen production and plumps the skin beautifully. As a dry oil, you can wear it alone as a moisturiser.
Argan oil is one of the most sought after ingredients for hair care products, but did you know it’s also great for the skin? It’s full of antioxidants that help to heal irritated, cracked, broken, burned or damaged skin quickly. It also prevents dry patches from occuring and reduces redness & inflammation. A few drops of argan oil makes a great lip treatment and is a nice alternative to petroleum jelly. It won’t exacerbate acne, and actually helps to balance the amount of oil produced by the skin. When used as a moisturiser, it plumps the skin and makes it more supple. It can visibly reduces signs of ageing such as dullness and fine lines. On the body, it can be used to prevent or fade stretch marks or scarring.
Avocado oil is a fantastic antiaging oil, becuase it contains a very high concentration of Sterolin. It’s one of our favourite beauty oils. Studies have show that sterolin softens the skin and reduces the amount of age spots on the skin, keeping the texture and colour of the skin very smooth and uniform. It is also full of vitamins A, D and E which make the skin more elastic. This oil is a perfect moisturiser for those with dry or aging skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree is an essential oil, and can be used topically as a spot treatment. Place one small drop on a blemish to help get rid of it more quickly. If you want to use it one a larger area of skin than just a blemish, mix it in with another oil or it will cause irritation and itch to the skinas it is very concentrated.