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The best oils for skin care
Women up and down the country are consistently looking for new and innovative ways to care for their skin.
Oils have long been hailed as intense moisturisers, while the majority also contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and natural fats that help with a variety of skin ailments and problems.
In terms of all round fantastic oils, Argan, Jojoba and Rosehip are world renowned as three of the best.
So, what are the benefits of each one?
Owing to its phenomenally high fat content, containing 80 per cent essential fatty acids, Argan oil is fantastic for anti-aging and skin protecting.
The oil is found only in Morocco and has been used by Moroccan women for centuries, who have used the oil for their hair, their skin and their nails.
Argan oil works by stimulating the skin's defences against environmental factors, such as harsh cold conditions or the sun - both of which can cause premature wrinkles and aging.
In addition, the oil is full of vitamins that help to hydrate the skin. It also speeds up the hydration process which is excellent for those who suffer from extremely dry skin.
Because of its natural properties, it also completely fine for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to use.
Owing to its light, thin nature, it is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin, which means that the skin is left non greasy and rejuvenated.
When applied to scars, stretch marks or acne, argan oil has been known to reduce the appearance of the blemishes.
This, according to beauty expert Amy Moreau, is down to its high content of linoleic acid.
"Linoleic acid is one of the substances in argan nuts and oil that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent which aids in reducing acne swelling. Linoleic acid also helps your skin to retain moisture.
"Argan oil reduces inflammation, the signs of an acne breakout. The antioxidants in argan oil, including vitamin E help your skin to fend itself from bacteria and free radicals. This helps your skin to heal faster, which makes acne scarring go away faster," she explained.
Jojoba oil can be used for a whole host of purposes, including as a face moisturiser, body oil, a face cleanser, eye make up remover and a facial cleanser.
The reason that the oil is so versatile is because it has zero toxic content, is completely natural and very rarely causes any type of allergic reaction.
Just like Argan oil, Jojoba is also fantastic for anti-aging. This is because of its high wax content.
Indeed, the oil is actually composed of liquid wax esters rather than oil - something that the body carries naturally.
As we grow older, wax ester production decreases, which forces the skin to appear dull and become wrinklier.
However, adding the wax ester back to our skin slows down the aging process and keeps our skin hydrated.
Because the oil is mainly wax, it is very thick in texture, making it a great base for a number of other products, including make up.
This oil is a great repairer of broken skin.
As well as being a great moisturiser, rosehip oil generates new skin cells, making it a great cure for the damage caused by dermatitis, eczema and stretch marks.
Rosehip oil is packed with Vitamin C antioxidants - which stimulate collagen production. You may have heard collagen used in terms of surgery, with numbers of celebrity women injecting themselves with this natural product.
Collagen smoothes out the skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and provides a really youthful look.
When is best to use it?
According to Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, applying Rosehip oil at night makes for a glowing complexion all day long.
"I like to wear rosehip oil at night. It's full of that many antioxidants and it really works on a cellular level too to rejuvenate the skin.
"I put that on at night and wake up glowing," she claimed.
Because we have no products or make up on at night, the oils are able to really penetrate the skin and do their magic for a good eight hours.
How do you massage in the oil?
It's really easy to massage these oils in.
Simply get a small amount, put it on your fingertips and rub into your skin in circular motions until fully absorbed.
Alternately, you can use a cotton bud and dab the oil around your face before rubbing it in.
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- 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.
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