October 8, 2013
The Skinny on the Oils
As you know I have been getting rid of chemicals in all aspects of my life, including face and body care. So recently I have started oil cleansing, read my article on oil cleansing here. I have also tried chemical free toner (Heritage rose water) and am really enjoying it. Since oil cleansing removes all the gunk from my skin I no longer need a stringent to keep my face from breaking out or getting too oily. It is amazing how oil cleansing balanced my T zone skin. The rose water is very gentle, very pleasantly smelling, all natural and hydrating.
There are many oils to consider for moisturizing both your face and your body. Here are a few that I have tried and how they have worked for me:
I do however use coconut oil for many other purposes, including, but not limited to the following:
Overall, Tamanu, Olive, E, Castor and Hemp oils are most hydrating. Please note, it appears that the experience people have with various oils is highly individualistic. In other words, some love and gain a lot of benefit from certain oils while others do not. So you may want to try these oils for yourself before deciding which one(s) you like the best. Also, I live in the dessert climate so it is very very dry here which could contribute to why some of the oils are not as hydrating on my skin. So depending on your climate, your skin and personal taste some of the oils I like might be a little too “oily” or hydrating for you and the ones are too dry on me would be perfect for you.
Another thing I found is it is important to apply the oil on your face and body right after the shower so that your skin is still a bit moist and warm.
There are many oil I haven’t tried. I have heard good things about macadamia nut oil, but I do not macadamia nuts or their smell, so I haven’t tried it. There are more and more oils that are becoming known as more people start to try to use oils as a healthy and holistic alternative to their skin care. As I try more I will be updating this article with my experience.
Side note on essential oils. Be VERY careful. They are very powerful. Consult doctor before use, especially if pregnant, as many are toxic during pregnancy and may be harmful to your baby. If you are going to use internally make sure they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade. If you are going to use essential oils make sure to use carrier oil (any of the oils listed above) and use VERY LITTLE essential oil. If you are following a recipe make sure it is from a reputable source.
My favorite essential oils:
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