Face and body oils are a major part of my wellness regime. These plant-based oils are an amazing source of Omega-3 s and essential fatty acids are very important for healthy vibrant skin! Omega-3's are considered an essential fatty acids because our body cannot produce them so we need to get enough from our food- or skin food! I like to think of beauty products as skin food as the epidermis is our largest organ and is very porous. It helps to detoxify our body and creates our skin tone. Personally I like to use very simple beauty products- the fewer ingredients the better and I don’t want to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t feel comfortable ingesting. Don’t get me wrong I do love my fair share of costume design and glitter but for everyday beauty the more simple the products the better! Face and Body oils have been my go to for skincare, moisturizing and even make-up remover. There are a lot of choices out there so I decided to highlight some of my fav oils, their benefits, uses and some products I love.
Argan oil- This is the ultimate skin superfood that is rich in vitamin e, proteins and essential fatty acids. This oil is super moisturizing, helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and boost texture and tone. It is lightweight and easily absorbed which makes it a great choice for hair, skin and nails! My favorite Argan oil is a blend from Marie Veronique.
Apricot seed oil- This oil is absorbed into the skin easily to help replenish moisture quickly. It is very lightweight and is a nice addition to a bath or applied directly to your skin.
Baobab oil- This oil is from the Baobab fruit trees that grow in Africa. These trees lifespan is on average 500 years old but the oldest found was 5000 years! The oil has a light and nutty scent to it and it is a great moisturizer without clogging pores. It is stock full of vitamins for the skin, cosmetic use only though. You have to check out Mountain Rose Herbs Baobab Oil, Its divine!
Carrot seed oil- This oil is derived from the seeds of the biennial plant Queen Anne’s Lace. It is great to nourish, soften and moisturize the skin. It is a lovely green color that can help balance out redness and protect against harsh effects of environmental toxins. It is high in antioxidants and works great as a make-up remover too! Wild Carrot Herbals makes an amazing Carrot seed oil.
Coconut oil- I can speak about the benefits of coconut oil for days! But as a face and body oil it helps retain moisture and reduce water loss from the skin. It is high in vitamin e and fatty acids. It can be used can be used as facial cleanser or a hair moisturizer, think the infamous coco bun!
Jojoba oil- This plants oil helps to balance oil skin and is a great makeup remover, face cleanser or body oil. It has antibacterial properties so it can be used for minor skin infections such as cuts and scraps. It is great for scalp and hair health and can help to improve dandruff.
Raspberry seed oil- This oil can also be used as daily gentle sun protection with an spf of around 28. (Don’t just depend on this when the sun is blazing or if you have sensitive skin!) It is high in vitamin e and a.
Rosehip oil- This brightening and balancing oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and is perfect for dry irritated skin and can help correct dark skin spots. It is extremely high in vitamin c, antioxidants and fatty acids. It is a great healer for scars and stretch marks. I wouldn’t recommend this for acne prone skin. I love Trilogy Organic Rosehip oil.
Mix raw Shea butter with Jojoba oil for a ultra moisturizer for your body.
Make a Lip scrub with raw sugar, peppermint oil and jojoba.
Create an anti-acne serum with carrot seed oil and tea tree oil.
Make a nourishing hair mask with coconut and argan oil.
Concoct a natural whipped suncreen with raspberry seed oil, coconut oil, zinc oxide and shea. (recipe coming soon!)