6 Natural Facial Oils, and How to Use Them
Facial oils have leapt onto the scene as a natural way to get great skin. Previously thought to make the skin oily and more prone to breakouts, these oils actually benefit the skin in multiple ways; moisturising, nourishing, restoring, and repairing.
Many will shy away from the word oil and will spook at the idea of applying it to their face. However, these little phials of goodness have proven themselves as worthy companions to the rest of your beauty routine, their moisturising abilities acting as effective anti-ageing products without the price tag, and their anti-inflammatory properties leaving your skin cleaner and clearer than ever before. Women and men alike can benefit from natural oil, and you may even find one or two already sitting in your kitchen cabinets.
Beloved by beauty gurus and supermodels the world over, rosehip oil is packed with vitamin C and fatty acids. It is anti-inflammatory, making it fantastic for acne and rosacea-prone skin, and it’s a dry oil meaning that it will absorb quickly and not leave you feeling oily.
The best way to use Rosehip oil is as an all-over facial serum. Simply massage 3-4 drops into damp skin in the evening, and mix 1-2 drops with your daily moisturiser or sunscreen. Cold-pressed versions are the best to buy, and Australia has a number of its own nationally sourced products. Mix with a little vitamin E and MSM powder for a fantastic combatant against scars!
A personal favourite, Argan Oil has been used for thousands of years in Morocco. Versatile, lightweight, and easily absorbed, this little oil has been known to fight pimples and battle redness with great results.
To use, simply massage a few drops of Argan Oil into your face each day. It makes for a fantastic base to face powder, and can even be used on split ends to aid in the restoration of dry, damaged hair. It can be combined with a few drops of rosehip oil for a night serum that will combat lines, wrinkles, and discolouration.
A pantry staple, but also a fantastic oil for your beauty routine! Be mindful that coconut oil does have a higher comedogenic rating, meaning it may block your pores and lead to breakouts if used on acne-prone faces.
Many love using this oil on their hair as a deep conditioning treatment. Simply massage it on, leave for 10 minutes, and rinse off. While you’re doing that, you could rub some oil into your damp skin and wash it off when you do your hair – you’ll be soft and glowing all day! Coconut oil also works as a gentle and effective makeup remover. Be sure to use an unrefined product to get the best results possible!
This nifty little oil maintains moisture and balances the skin, leaving a feeling of satiny softness after each application. Macadamia oil has grown more popular as it proves itself a simple, effective treatment for dry skin, hair, and nailbeds.
Many people find that macadamia oil is a fantastic hair and cuticle treatment, incorporating both into their weekly beauty routines.
Golden and not technically an oil, jojoba oil is actually a superfine wax that mimics the skins natural sebum. It is well matched for most skin types and is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores!
Jojoba oil makes for a great base for makeup, acting as a primer that will keep your skin healthy and hydrated all day. Then, at the end of the day, you can use the oil to remove your makeup before applying a little to your scalp and leaving it for an hour. Rinse off and you’ll find your face and hair are refreshed, clean, and hydrated!
Another kitchen staple, and one that is well-loved in beauty cabinets! Loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids, Olive Oil is great for restoring moisture to the skin.
A great way to use this oil is to add 2 tablespoons to a hot bath. Have a long soak and relax, emerging with soft, moisturised skin. You can even use it as a makeup remover, or mix a tablespoon with a few drops of essential oil to such as lemon or lavender to create a personalised fragrance.
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