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Finding the best oil for your skin
There is no such thing as one ingredient suits all when it comes to skincare.
Your skin is every bit as personal to you as your characteristics and will also change depending on your age, lifestyle and environment.
This means that it's essential to pay attention to what ingredients you are using to help care for it.
One of the best ways to look after skin is by using natural oils.
They have been relied on for centuries to help keep complexions looking beautiful and there are many to choose from depending on your skin type.
Here is a list of some of the most popular oils which are known for their impressive skincare benefits.
Commonly used as a moisturiser for normal skin, as well as for dry or ageing skin, this is a real multipurpose ingredient.
It contains high levels of vitamin E, fatty acids and carotenes and is thought to be longer lasting than olive oil, meaning it’s a great beauty cupboard staple.
It is commonly used in the treatment of scaly or dry skin due to its impressive hydrating capabilities and is also relied upon as a deeply nourishing hair oil.
Very dry and mature skin is likely to benefit most from avocado oil as it is highly moisturising and filled with monounsaturated fats and vitamin E.
This leaves skin feeling fuller and smoother even after the first application.
You can apply this oil straight to your face or alternatively mix it with your day cream for a fabulous fragrance and added hydration.
Extracted from the seeds of rose bushes this oil is unique among other vegetable oils in that it contains retinol (vitamin A) and is also high in vitamin C.
This makes it great for sun-damaged and ageing skin, especially as it also has high levels of omega-6, omega-3 and other essential fatty acids.
It is often used to treat conditions such as dermatitis, acne and eczema too.
Sweet almond oil
Popular in aromatherapy, it is suitable for all skin types and contains high levels of vitamin E for skin rejuvenation and the healing of scars and stretch marks.
It also has a beautiful fragrance, making it great for mixing into face masks and scrubs.
This is another oil which is great for all skin types and is a popular multi-purpose moisturiser.
Suitable for all parts of the body, it has excellent emollient properties and works particularly well when a few drops are added to a warm bath.
Grape seed oil
Ideal for oily skin, this product is light and thin, with vitamin E and a high polyunsaturated fat content.
It has high levels of omega-6 and is often used to relieve problems of poor blood circulation and is popular in body massage and aromatherapy.
Those of you with sensitive skin needn't worry about irritation either as grape seed oil is beautifully gentle on all skin types, while still being an effective moisturiser.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks