Skin Care

Oils, Oils… And More Oils!

If you’re anything like me, you use oils for everything. Moisturizer? Oils. Dry mouth? Oils. Global warming? Oils. And there are oil smears on everything I touch.

On my Instagram post of the first part of my oils (pictured above), I provided a brief rundown of what the oils are and their uses for me. I use oils (pure and cold-pressed to maintain nutrients) more for beauty purposes from head to toe. Pictured below is part 2 of my oils.

Top row: macadamia nut oil (put in a recycled jar of peaches :D) and coconut oil.

Bottom row: rosehip seed oil, hazelnut oil, vitamin e oil, and seabuckthorn oil.

I’ve categorized what oils I use for what purposes, so let’s start!

Scalp & Hair

The best oils I’ve found for my hair to strengthen, condition, and thicken my strands are almond oil, castor oil, avocado oil, black (cumin) seed oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, and macadamia nut oil. I actually put all of these oils in a bottle with vitamin e oil and use that as my monthly scalp treatment and hair mask. Castor oil and coconut oil both penetrate the strands and make them thicker, so I concentrate a mixture of these oils at the roots. The other oils make my strands silky smooth and shiny! What promotes hair growth is using oils in weekly scalp massages. Even doing a 2-minute scalp massage without oil every day helps!

Brows & Lashes

I love using Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my brows and lashes. The first time I used it on my lashes, they grew longer. But, after consistent use, my lashes seemed to go back to normal. I just use it for strengthening and conditioning because I use an eyelash curler and mascara (even though it’s not waterproof) every time I wear makeup. My brows, though… they make my brows grow and grow back like crazy. Why do I even bother with plucking?? And, here’s a secret… I prevent crows feet with using oils around my eyes!

Those short, sparse lashes! But they’re stronger and so are my brows.

Face

My top picks for the face are rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil. I’ve been using these 2 oils exclusively for many years now. Rosehip seed oil has vitamin A in it and works to face scars. Jojoba oil is the closest to the oil our skin naturally produces, so it works for everyone with any skin type as it won’t make you greasy. I even used this on other acne prone areas of my body such as my back and chest. I stopped doing that because I realized that was exacerbating my acne since it’s really bad on my back. I used to use seabuckthorn oil, but it lost its effect for me after I used it for a year or 2 consistently every morning and night, which was combating dry patches and preventing pimples. Grapeseed oil is another effective oil for those who have sensitive skin.

Hands & Cuticles

I use oils to moisturize my hands instead of creams and lotions because I find them to be way more penetrating to prevent cracked and peeling skin from washing them so often. My top picks are coconut oil and avocado oil because they contain fatty acids that are the ultimate moisturization bombs. I use these for my toenails, too.

Body

I have extremely dry legs (scaly, cracked, peeling sometimes) and eczema on my legs and arms, so it’s important I choose the oils that contain fatty acids. I use coconut oil and evening primrose oil, which helps soothe any irritation I have from eczema. The only thing I don’t like about evening primrose oil is that it smells so bad, like fish :'( From time to time, I also use sesame seed oil, though I find coconut and evening primrose to be more moisturizing for me.

Other

If you have any wooden kitchen tools like utensils and cutting boards, rub coconut oil all over them to prevent splints! I also use coconut oil in cooking and baking and in drinks, like golden milk and smoothies.

Ever since introducing more natural products into my everyday routine, I’ve seen the biggest difference in my skin. I feel and look better and I’m so grateful to have all these wonderful options of oils.

What oils are your favorite to use and what do you use them for?

Thanks for reading<3

Until next time,

 

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