Argan essential oil
What is it? It is a rare oil that is high in oleic acid and linoleic acid?. These acids help acne-prone skin, reduces inflammation and increases skin moisturization. It is rich in vitamin E and A, definitely a plus for all skin types because it does not clog your pores and absorbs quickly into the skin with its lightweight texture. I use this at least twice a week as a nighttime moisturizer.
I apply one to two drops on my fingers, rub to warm up and then apply to my face in a circular motion and ending with a tapping motion from my nose outward to my temple, it’s a mini face massage. Be sure to use your ring finger as it creates the least amount of pressure.
My favorite thing for this oil is for my hair, its great for my fly-aways and keeps my split ends at bay when they need to be tamed! Down boy down! As it is not oily and great to use every day, 1-2 drops are enough.
Rose hip oil
Wow, this oil. Ok before we start this is not Rose oil this is Rose-hip oil and it has been amazing for my skin. I have not had one breakout since I started using it in April! I use it mainly at night and when I need a moisturizer before applying makeup. Its benefits include skin regeneration, skin cell repair, and skin hydration. Therefore, I opt to use it at night also because it allows the oil to do its work while I sleep. My skin is more radiant, skin tone has become more even and feels smoother. For a girl with freckles, this is a one-stop-shop oil for my face.
Sweet orange essential oil
Did you know? This oil comes from the peels of oranges, which means that the healing power will be enhanced by 100%. Awesome right! Because this is so powerful, I use a few drops here and there in different things. Sometimes I mix it with my Sweet Almond Oil for the smell and because Vitamin C helps even out skin tone too. Currently, I have it in my Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub –
1 cup brown sugar
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
2-4 drops orange essential oils
As orange essential oil is an antiseptic oil and anti-inflammatory it works great in a scrub, and great when you need to shave, as your skin is pre-exfoliated for a smoother shave and you don’t even need to add soap! Not to mention I love this oil also because the smell of oranges reminds me of summer 😊
Sweet Almond Oil
This is my new body moisturizer. Every day after I shower on damp skin, this is my go-to! With a few drops of your favorite essential oil, it keeps my skin moisturized throughout the day and night. This is not a costly oil and it lasts me the whole month and I can change up the smells according to what I like. Rich in vitamin E, it a powerful antioxidant and protects the skin from UV radiation damage. This oil is not oily and will not leave your skin feeling slick, so soak up the goodness! Recently I watched a video of HudaBeauty talking about dark under-eye circles and how Almond Oil is amazing to treat so if you have not watched it be sure to watch her video on IG @HudaBeauty. I am currently attempting this, and I will keep you updated on my progress!
Black Jamaican Castor Oil
I don’t know where I would have been without this oil on my curly girl journey! I first came across it is researching oils for hair growth and everywhere I read or watched highly recommended this oil, and it had to be Tropic Isle Living Black Jamaican Castor Oil.
- Made from roasted castor beans crushed in a mortar. Water is added and slowly boiled over a wood fire. This method results in a thick dark brown oil.
- It is rich in Ricinoleic acid also known as an omega-9 fatty acid. Which is known to improve blood circulation, which results in hair growth and hair re-growth.
- It strengthens hair from the scalp allowing thinning hair to gain strength.
So off I went looking for this and when I found it, I said, ‘what the hell let’s give it a go’ and from April till the present, my hair has grown 4 inches and the look and feel are amazing. For me, it’s a must for all hair types and it lasts months! I have had it for four months and I still have a ¼ of it leftover.
Advice: use it sparingly as its quite thick and you only need a small amount to spread all over your scalp 1-2 times a week. Be sure to massage it in with your fingertips in gentle circular motions. Its amazing for split ends too.
Hot oil treatment: Warm a few drops in a heatproof bowl and massage the oil into your scalp and hair. Wrap a shower cap around your hair and let the heat from your head do the work for a few hours. Wash and condition as usual. Do this once a week.
Now I am no expert on all these beauty items, but I can guarantee you that I have seen a difference in my skin and hair and if you are willing to take the plunge to try something new. I would recommend trying one of these 5 oils first. Also, allow yourself time to see the benefits 😊
* All these oils range from R60 – R200 not so bad on the pocket and it lasts a good few months dependent on use.