The horrors of oily skin, food and hair have convinced us that, as a genre, oils are to be avoided at all costs, but you know, that is simply not so. In fact, adding oil to your beauty routine can be extremely beneficial. Also, most oils (with the exception of a select few, like Argan oil) are inexpensive and easy to track down at your local health or grocery store. Here are a few ways you can incorporate oils into your beauty regimen for softer, clearer, deliciously scented skin:
A nourishing oil works as both a day and night-time moisturizer. I apply coconut oil to my face every night before bed, and always wake up with ridiculously soft skin. Yes, it looks like an oil slick, but it is a small price to pay for such a substantial beauty benefit. For day-time, since most oils don’t have any SPF, my trick is to apply a thin layer of oil after I wash my face, finish my morning routines, and put on sunscreen right before I head out the door, after the oil has sunk in. Works like a charm!
Recommended Oil: Coconut oil or Argan oil, if you’re worried about the effects of ageing.
Even the most blessed among us suffer through the occasional blemish and tea tree oil is a great natural solution to this universal woe. Keep in mind, however, that this essential oil is toxic when ingested, smells really strong and can sting if you get it close to your eyes, so be careful and use it sparingly. I suggest applying with a Q-Tip to dab on a drop where needed.
Recommended oil: Tea tree oil.
Although this treatment sounds both dirty and counterintuitive, especially for those who suffer from oily skin, cleansing with oil is actually sort of genius because, unlike most traditional cleansers, oil doesn’t deplete your skin’s natural oils (which causes your skin to produce even more to compensate.) By using this method, you’re dissolving the dirty oil on your face and replacing with clean, beneficial oils. For maximum results, wet your face with warm water, massage a quarter-sized dollop of oil into the skin, and wipe it off with a washcloth that has been soaked in hotter water.
Recommended oil: Sweet almond oil, especially for oily skin. Yes, plenty of skincare companies now offer their own bottled oil cleansers, but this works just as well and costs a lot less.
Just put a little oil on a cotton ball and go to town on that stubborn waterproof mascara.
Recommended oil: Extra virgin olive oil, because it’s affordable and you probably already have some in your kitchen.
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By: Allyssia Alleyne, Toronto
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