The use of natural oils for beauty purposes is all the rage right now. Packed with organic ingredients that only Mother Nature can provide, they’re finally noticed by the beauty industry.
With almost every cosmetic brand jumping on the bandwagon, it can be pretty confusing for beginners to master the art of oils, as seen in beauty guru Michelle Phan’s Youtube video on beauty oils. Most 100% organic oils can be used in more than one way, but do you know how to identify them? Not going to name names, but some brands disguise their tainted oils with pretty packaging and smacking “100% natural & organic” in huge fonts.
We’re going to cover the ways to work these bad boys to their full potential, and how to identify the true natural oils beyond the luxurious-looking pots and bottles. It is time to put these oils into our beauty regiment!
1) Argan Oil
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan oil, available at Sephora stores
Called by many as liquid gold, this oil is extracted from argan tree, which originated from Morocco. 100% pure argan oil is remarkably rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, making it a beloved cosmetic product in the among beauty-lovers.
Highly regarded by many celebrities as well, it is a no-brainer that this precious oil has become a huge hit and turned mainstream pretty quickly. If you haven’t heard of it, well… Have you been living under a rock?
It is easy to get lost amongst the many expensive bottles. Be sure to check that the ingredient list ONLY states 100% Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil. Make sure that it is in a dark glass bottle, as exposure to light and plastic material can deteriorate the best properties in argan oil. Read more on the ways to identify pure argan oil.
Argan oil is one of the most flexible oils out there with many ways to use it. Most commonly use for the skin and hair, it is natural moisturising oil that is gentle and non-greasy, since it is easily absorbed.
Used both as hair conditioner or as a hair serum, it makes hair smoother and adds a healthy glow. Simply add drops of this miraculous oil into your hair conditioner (or use a argan oil-infused conditioner) and viola! You can say goodbye to split ends and frizzy hair.
I apply argan oil as a hair serum before blow-drying my hair to provide a protective film to guard against the heat. While the hair is still warm, adding another layer right after makes it easier and more effective for the absorption of these beneficial nutrients.
Unlike other oils, which are catered more towards a certain hair type, argan oil is suitable for all.
Mild and easily absorbed, this oil is also suitable for all skin types. All the ladies with dry and sensitive skin, I hear you! I have pretty dry and slightly sensitive skin, and religiously applying pure argan oil on my face almost every night have been a huge help. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard, or else it might turn into a greasy mess!
Aiding to prevent zits and heal scars left behind by those nasties, this oil also works well for those with acne prone skin. For the Mummies out there, this is a natural way to heal stretch marks.
This aromatic oil can also be applied as a body lotion, while it keeps you smelling good with its scent. However, I would advice not to. A tiny bottle of 100% pure argan oil is enough to burn a whole in your wallet. Save it for more delicate areas like your face, and look for cheaper alternatives for the body.
Where to use: Hair, face, and body.
Benefits: Combat dry skin, anti-aging, prevents acne, heal scars (acne, stretch marks, etc).
2) Coconut Oil
Spectrum Naturals Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, available at iHerb.com
Coconut oil is the ideal choice for thick and coarser hair that most Asian, like me, have. In a year-round tropical weather like Singapore, it is inevitable for our hair to turn frizzy and untameable.
This thick oil provides the ultimate moisture by applying it as a hair mask, and leaving it on for at least two hours before washing off. You can also choose to put on a shower cap to leave it overnight for a maximum treat.
Just a warning, the smell can be quite revolting. Don’t forget that you have to carry the scent with you all day long. A good friend of mine tried it and she really emphasised that the smell can last up to three days. I would recommend you to use it on a weekend that you do not plan on heading out.
Personally, I stick to my argan oil. Forsaking a weekend of fun is too much sacrifice for me, and I do not wish to leave the house with a foul scent.
NAIL CULTICLES TREATMENT
Everyone would love to have beautiful nails. Unfortunately, they face countless of abusive treatment with manicures and whatnot, causing our cuticles to be dry and difficult to work with.
Coconut oil is a natural treatment for cuticles as it is packed with nutrients and moisture to soften the skin and helps with nail growth. Additionally, it contains antifungal acids that will protect our nails from fungal infections. Read more how to use coconut oil for nails.
If you’re a beauty addict, I’m sure you’ve heard of this weird beauty technique somewhere through the worldwide web. This strange method that many beauty gurus swear by involves gargling a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to improve oral health. Containing antibacterial properties, this will give you fresher breath, healthier gums, and a whiter smile. Read more about oil pulling.
Where to use: Hair, nail cuticles, and mouth.
Benefits: Moisturising, strengthening, teeth-whitening & fresher breath.
3) Grapeseed Oil
Life-Flo Pure Organic Grapeseed Oil, available at in.evitamins.com
Lighter than jojoba and coconut oil, this magical gift from Mother Nature is known to be a saviour for individuals with acne prone skin. If light moisture and skin healing is what you seek, this oil might just be the one for you.
In the skincare industry, grapeseed oil is known for providing antioxidants and healing power with its considerable amount of vitamin E. Allowing better oil-control, it helps to prevent acne while providing moisture.
With anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and swelling of acne, this is a valuable oil during periods of breakouts (pun intended). A study shows that after a month of using grapeseed oil, participants experienced 25% reduction in the size of their breakouts.
Grapeseed oil aids in fading dark under-eye circles by gentle patting it under your eyes twice daily. Its anti-aging benefits diminish the fine lines under our eyes while moisturising the area, prepping for under-eye concealing at the same time.
Where to use: Face and body.
Benefits: Reduce redness, swelling of acne, anti-aging, diminish appearance of under-eye circles.
You can also try: Jojoba Oil
As mentioned above, jojoba oil is a thicker oil that provides similar benefits of grapeseed oil (anti-inflammatory). Being the closest thing to sebum, the natural oil our skin produces, its heavier consistency is perfect to replace our chemically-induced make up remover and cleanser.
Organic oils are the purest beauty find out there; there is no other better way than to go back to nature. A natural hair and skin care solution, they still stand as a beautiful mystery to most mankind.
Remember that not every oil is created equally. All beauty-lovers should educate ourselves on the wide variety of oil, and their benefits — To find the one that will work with our skin, instead of against it.