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November 28, 2012

Times are Changing. Oil is Not Our Beauty Enemy Anymore!

Beauty Oils

I have been dying to do a post about this particular subject. As I have gotten older, I have become overly aware of the harsh repercussions Winter brings each year. My skin: dry and itchy, my hair: dry and brittle, my cuticles: rough and snagly, and my face: dull, blotchy and the occasional blemish which I attribute to not receiving natural Vitamin D from the sun. (Don't worry, I still wear SPF in the Winter but I do think natural color helps with a clean complexion.) There are so many benefits to oils and I hope to cover most of them in this post. Do you have acne, eczema, scars, rosacea, blackheads, cracked/dry/scaly skin, inflammation, wrinkles, sensitive skin, an itchy scalp, or frayed split ends? 

Oils are one of the world's oldest forms of beauty used by ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greeks and Romans. The history and use dates back to 3,500 BC. They were used by Queens to ward off visual aging signs and even used medicinally. They were in such high demand because they worked. I love them because they are natural and soothing... and I'm hooked. 

When I was in my teens, I was ter-ri-fied of oils. To me, oil was synonymous with blemishes, irritations and greasy hair. Every time I would go to select a new makeup foundation, I would immediately check to see if it was oil-free. Same with my moisturizers. I heard so many horrible things about how oil causes blemishes. I am going to overrule this "myth" from recent personal experience and experiments. Natural oils can actually efficiently penetrate and cleanse the sebum deep within your pores unlike those creams filled with chemicals. So here goes...10 ways I use oil in my beauty routine.

1. Vitamin E supplements
When taken as a supplement, Vitamin E helps support the immune system. It helps maintain red blood cells  and muscle tissues such as cardiac and skeletal muscles. When broken open, the Vitamin E oil from inside the liquid soft gels can be applied to the skin to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and healing blemish redness.

2. Organic Coconut Oil by Spectrum
Stop spending money on expensive hair masks. Seriously. I used to deep condition my hair with this really expensive French intensive mask once a week called PRIVE. At $30 a pop for 6 fl. oz., NO, THANK YOU! Instead, pick up this amazing stuff at the grocery store (I got mine at whole foods) for $6 a pop for 14 fl. oz. Shampoo your hair with hot water to open the hair cuticle. Rinse thoroughly and squeeze some of the moisture out. While you are shampooing your hair,  make sure to place the whole jar in warm water so it has time to liquefy. Once the oil is melted, massage into your hair and apply a shower cap. Get out of the shower and blow dry your head (with the shower cap still on) for 10 minutes. Sometimes, if I have a little more time on my hands, I will skip the blow dry and just watch some dumb reality TV show for an hour so I can time it correctly. After, get in the shower and rinse with cold water to close the cuticle. Let your hair air dry and be prepared to be amazed. By the way, this is great for those of you wanting to grow your hair out. 

3. Argan Oil
Okay, I am obsessed. I have finally found a shampoo and conditioner that I can't live without. I have tried everything and nothing is as good as this. Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is a tad expensive so I have trained my hair to where I only have to wash it once every 3 days. After towel drying my hair and combing through it, I always apply the Moroccan Oil treatment oil while my hair is still damp. It is pure oil. I only apply it from the middle of my hair down to the ends. The glass bottle will last you forever. I used to use the Kerastase Chroma Riche Serum which also contains an oil called Geranoil. Geranoil is  a mixture of alcohol, rose oil, palmarosa oil and citronella oil which is great too. I just prefer straight up argan oil because it is alcohol free and the Moroccan Oil brand is what I am hooked to. The Moroccan oil treatment is great for those days when you are skipping washes. I have found that on those days my hair is extra dry on the ends so I just slap some of this on and it is uhhmazing.  Get it here.

4. Johnson's Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter
This is just a given and should be included in everyone's beauty routine. In the winter my legs itch SO bad. So, I keep a bottle of this stuff in the shower and after I am finished with my "routine" (Yes, I have a shower routine), I apply this all over my arms and legs while the shower is still running. Then I hop out (yes, hop) and just pat dry with my towel so I don't rub it off. I like to apply it while in the shower because my pores are still open all over my body from being under the hot water. Also, when your skin is still wet, it is the best time to soak up moisture from oils or lotions. I prefer the oils, obviously. Get it at your local drugstore.

5. Johnson's Baby Oil (Original)
Quit buying expensive facial exfoliants. Wash and cleanse your face like normal. Afterwards, squeeze some baby oil in the palm of your hand along with a few pinches of cane sugar and gently scrub. Not only will it make your face bright, less inflamed, and moisturized, but it will make your lips and hands feel amazing too. No need to apply a cream moisturizer either. Slap on some SPF if you do this in the morning but I always do this at night because i hate going to bed without clean skin. Get it at your local drugstore.

6. CND Solar Oil (Nail and Cuticle Conditioner)
Need I say more? Find it here.

7. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Great for removing makeup especially on your eyes. It is super gentle and smells so fresh. Also, great for puffy eyes. Find it at Nordstrom.

8. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15
Yes, I use this liquid foundation which does have oil in it. Find it here or at your local Nordstrom. It is perfect for my oily t-zone (combination skin) and does not melt off when I use it with a primer before hand. For my preferences on primers see the PORE fessional by Benefit or Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer. This combination of products provides the perfect amount of coverage and does not cause breakouts. For a cheaper foundation option, check out the Revlon Photo Ready Foundation with SPF

9.  Lavendar Oil
I love dropping a few drops of this 100% Pure Essencial Lavendar Oil in my hot baths. Talk about moisture and relaxation. I love aromatherapy. You can find several options at Whole Foods. 

10. Tea Tree Oil
Got an annoying blemish? Dab this on. Acne is trapped bacteria. The oil is like a solvent and cuts through grease and dirt, unclogging pores. Tea Tree Oil is an anti-biotic killing the acne causing bacteria on the skin's surface. You can also prevent acne with it. Get it here.

Will you be trying beauty oils?

xoxo Taylor

1 comment:

  1. Baby oil also works great for shaving ... Keeps the razor lasting longer too!