Oils are one of my favorite beauty tools. I use them for my face, my hair, my legs, and even cookies! They help with dryness, dullness, and other skin issues.
As for where to find them, you don’t need to splurge at Sephora. I get coconut oil from the grocery store, and pure oils like argan oil from health food stores or even the beauty aisle at T. J. Maxx. You can also look online. Just remember to look for unrefined, preferably organic oils with no added ingredients or fragrances.
Here are the five oils that I keep in constant rotation, and what I use each one for.
This was my first foray into the world of oils. You can use coconut oil for a million different purposes, if you believe what the Internet tells you. Seriously though, it is great for oil pulling, dry skin and hair, and even for homemade deodorant. Personally I keep my jar of coconut oil around for my hair and my legs. An application of coconut oil post-shower helps keep dry winter legs at bay, and if I put some on my face before taking a hot shower I find that my rosacea doesn't flare up as much. (It can be comedogenic, though, so use caution if you tend to break out easily.)
I don't need it for my hair as much as I did when it was bleached blonde, but I still use it as a pre-shower mask occasionally. Coconut oil is great at restoring moisture to hair. And a tip for those of you considering going blonde: coat your hair in coconut oil before applying bleach. It will help greatly to minimize damage.
Argan oil was the second oil that I tried a few years ago, and I've kept it in rotation ever since. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, and sterols that have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it great for dry/mature, sensitive, and irritated skin. Most skin types should be able to use it with no problem though because it's not particularly comedogenic and absorbs quickly.
I use this on both my face and my hair. Argan oil has become my favorite way to tame my thick, frizzy hair. Just be careful to use with moderation and keep it away from your roots, obviously, since you don't want to end up with greasy hair.
Jojoba oil is my favorite to use for oil cleansing. Taylor wrote a great article explaining in-depth how to do this. Basically you just gently massage oil on your face until gunk is eased out of your pores. Fun!
Jojoba oil mimics collagen and can actually help with oily, acne-prone skin because it is, out of all these oils, the one that closest resembles sebum. Even if you don't do oil cleansing, if you have oily or combination skin you should give jojoba oil a try for its moisturizing properties (and my dry skin loves it, too).
Avocado oil is full of antioxidants like Vitamin E, sterolin, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids--all of which are beneficial for the skin. I picked this up recently at T.J. Maxx and have been using it almost every day to moisturize my extremely dry face. I love how rich it feels, although it might be too greasy for those without dry skin.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil
I saw this at Target and picked it up on a whim. I've been using it on my face every night since. It makes my skin softer and brighter, thanks to its blend of 10 oils (including sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and argan oil), Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and retinol. The retinol, especially when blended with Vitamin C, has powerful anti-aging properties. Just remember to wear sunscreen when using retinol, and be aware that retinol can sometimes be irritating if you have sensitive skin, especially in the beginning.
So, yeah, that's a lot of oils that I've been dousing myself with. I swear my skin and hair wouldn't look or feel the same without them, though. Give oils a chance if you haven't already--there's a good one out there for every skin need. If you’re still not sure which kind of oil is best for you, check out Danielle's article for some great facts about oils (and a handy chart!).
- What oils do you like to use?
- Do I need to try rose hip oil next?