Oils to Improve Your Health
skin, hair, nails & essential oils
I never dreamed that I would use oils on my face (and that’s for another post anyway) and skin. I grew up believing that the lotion that I purchased in the store was the best thing for my skin. But, when I look at the list of ingredients, my skin crawls wondering what I’m actually putting on my body.
When I started using essential oils I was introduced to carrier oils. These are oils that dilute essential oils and allow them to go further. There are a lot of different oils that can be used as a carrier oil and I’m going to tell you some of my favorites.
The most basic carrier oil that most people use with essential oils is fractionated coconut oil. It’s inexpensive and you can buy it online and with a pump top for convenience. Fractionated coconut oil doesn’t solidify like pure coconut oil does. Viva Labs Fractionated Coconut Oil, Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil all have pumps. 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil by Yitshar comes in an amber glass bottle to protect the oil, however, fractionated coconut oil doesn’t go rancid and has a long shelf-life.
Sometimes you need a good solid coconut oil and I found that Cocozia Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a good choice along with other organic coconut oils that you can get in your local store. I got an 84 oz jar of organic, virgin coconut oil at Costco. Not only is it great for cooking with but I use it to make beauty items (again, more in another post).
A great oil for nails, hair, and skin is argan oil. Argan oil is packed with good stuff like vitamins A and E as well as antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. All of these things are very healing. It even helps skin with acne due to its ability to reduce sebum levels. I’ve had the opportunity to use ActuallyOrganic Argan Oil, which contains 100% pure argan oil. It has a spray top which allows you to easy direct it to the area you’re wanting to use it on.
Some other great oils for nails, skin, and hair are certified-organic Eden’s Semilla 100% Pure Jojoba Oil with a dropper top and Eden’s Semilla 100% Natural Vitamin E Oil blend with Organic Rosehip and Jojoba Oils. This oil is good for use on the face and for sensitive skin.
Dr. Axe says this about jojoba oil – “…it’s commonly used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin. It’s also used by people who are balding because it encourages hair regrowth. Because jojoba is an emollient, it soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles.”
Vitamin E oil is very heavy you should use it very sparingly on your face. But because of its heaviness, it’s a great choice for very dry skin. It’s great for skin because vitamin E blocks free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process and wrinkling.
Another great oil is sweet almond oil, which is a hypoallergenic and antioxidant oil as well as safe for sensitive skin, including baby skin. I’ve used PipingRock Sweet Almond Oil and Simply Earth Sweet Almond Oil. Both come in plastic squeeze top bottles.
Finally, the last two suggestions I have aren’t quite oils but they are great for your brightening and moisturizing dry skin. Organic Cocoa Butter By Sky Organics comes in a 16 oz tub and it solid. I had to actually microwave it to get it to the point where I could scoop it out. This 100% organic and unrefined cocoa butter is great for making your own beauty products (what I got it for) and melts quickly when held in your hand.
Cleopatra’s Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter is another wonderful skin moisturizer. Also great for DIY beauty products, I like to use shea butter on the driest skin. It’s great to use on your feet and hands at night. Apply and cover to allow the shea butter oils to soak into your skin. It’s rich in vitamins A and E. It’s great for stretch marks too.
So here are my suggestions for great skin, hair, and nail care as well as super essential oil carrier oils.
Do you have an oil to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.
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