There is an increasing trend in the beauty industry and it’s not else but the appearance of so called beauty oils. We know since ages that certain botanical oils are great for skin, hair and so on but what are these products and are they really as good as it sounds in the ads?
When I hear “oil” the first thing that comes in my mind is the sticky, greasy feeling it leaves when it meets with the skin. But it’s time to get over this and focus on the more important factors of using oils in skin & hair care. There are several natural/plant based oils we know about, which are used in the making of beauty oils. So before we step onwards to discuss body/facial/hair oils we have to learn about the basics first.
The most used botanical oils in beauty products:
- Macadamia Oil: The macadamia nut is an Australian nut, and the oil is made out of the nut meat. Based on users opinion this oil is one of the gentlest on the skin. Hydrates deeply, absorbs fast and instead of leaving you with a greasy residue it makes your skin silky.
- Argan Oil: This oil is extracted from the seeds of the Argan tree which is native in Morocco. This oil is famous in gourmet circles and among ladies who love high-end hair care products. Argan oil is a great moisturiser, works well even on problematic skin (like skin with acne), heals minor burns and especially amazing when it comes to nourishing hair.
- Hazelnut Oil: Everyone knows hazelnuts, but did you know that the oil extracted from it, is a fantastic ingredient in a lot of wonderful skincare products? It’s famous of it’s anti acne effect because it’s calming the over-active oil glands of your skin.
- Camellia Oil: Or Tsubaki Oil origins from Japan where it was used as a healthy option for cooking oil for thousands of years. The oil comes from the nut of the beautiful camellia flower. It’s nourishing your skin without clogging the pores and absorbs fast, leaving you with silky smooth skin and hair.
- Jojoba Oil: When the use of whale oil got banned (Thank God!) that’s when people discovered the opportunities in the Jojoba seed. The Jojoba tree is native in California and northern parts of Mexico. Jojoba Oil is ideal for healthily hydrating skin and hair because it mimics the natural oils our bodies produce.
- Sweet Almond Oil: Extracted from the edible, sweet almonds this oil is so gentle that it’s perfect even for baby skin. Almond oil is full with Vitamin E which is a natural antioxidant. It’s safe even for sensitive skin, so no wonder that a lot of people uses it as an eye-makeup remover too.
- Avocado Oil: The vitamins and minerals in the avocado are not only good from the inside but also very healthy from the outside. This oil is directly pressed from the avocado fruit. It’s a great moisturiser, fast absorbing and supposedly has some regenerative properties too.
- Coconut Oil: However most people uses it only in the kitchen, coconut oil is a fantastic beauty oil too. It moisturises, cleanses, and treats skin diseases such as eczema too. No wonder you can find it as an ingredient in many personal care products.
- Castor Oil: This oil is famous for it’s hair growing and hair strengthening effect. Castor oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. It has a bit thicker consistency than the other oils on the list, that makes it a bit less popular, but this natural remedy is really worth giving a try.