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Top organic oils for hair and skin
Mary-Claire Akinyemi, Health & beauty writer
Oils can be deeply penetrating, penetrating, even therapeutic and we’ve raved about everything from the exotic Camellia Kissi to the widely praised rosehip oil. Now it’s time to devote our attention to how to put your oils to use, from the root of your hair to the tips of your toes. Whether it’s for cosmetic or for deep conditioning reasons, here’s why you’ll be falling head over heels for these multi-purposeful organic oils.
Healing maladies for thousands of years, black cumin seed oil can play an important role in the improving your health, on the inside and out. Thought to calm the nervous system regular use of black cumin seed oil can significantly improve joint swelling and stiffness. But did you know that this remedial oil can also stimulate and strengthen hair follicles? Well, now you do.
Whether your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts, light spot treatments of Camellia Kissi oil can encourage clear, healthy skin. This is as Camellia Kissi oil contains vitamins A, B, C, E as well as natural antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. Meaning, when used regularly it can help to speed up your skin’s healing process as well as prevent scarring. It is also known for conditioning the hair shaft and stimulating scalp circulation, which in turn prevents breakage and split ends.
Boasting antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, pomegranate oil has the unique ability to promote cell regeneration. By protecting the inner and outer layers of the skin and increasing circulation, pomegranate seed oil has been known to aid in tissue repair. And because of its large content of punicic acid, which helps to revitalize and strengthen the hair, pomegranate oil can turn your hair from dull and dehydrated to lustrous and healthy.
Rosehip, or what we like to call the reigning oil of rejuvenation, is a powerhouse of nutrients that can works wonders on dehydrated and dull skin. Just a few drops (added to your seasonal moisturiser) can serve as a hydrating serum to relieve dryness. And because rosehip oil is especially high in Vitamin A- essential for cell growth- and rich in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, it can also help to even out the skin tone. And to treat dry and damaged hair, rosehip oil can be used as pre-wash treatment or as a boost to your favourite conditioner. But for that extra nourishing treatment, add it as a hot oil treatment by simply warming a small cup of it. Gently massage it through your hair and cover with a towel for as little as 10 to 15minutes.
Rich in zinc and vitamins A, B, and E, the light sweet almond oil can be used as an all-around moisturizer, to cure chapped or dry lips and even to treat dark under eye circles. Or if you’re in search of an easy, entirely natural DIY face scrub, mix a tablespoon of sweet almond oil with a teaspoon of brown sugar to make a homemade scrub that will effectively remove impurities from the skin. Due to high levels of magnesium, sweet almond oil can also help maintain length an overall health of your hair. Massage a few drops of it (along with either teat tree or peppermint oil) in the scalp, to treat a dry flaky scalp or to add noticeable shine to lacklustre hair.
With its high levels of vitamin E and fatty acids, regular use of jojoba oil has been known to reduce fine lines and stretch marks caused by everything from pregnancy to rapid weight loss. And adding just a few drops of jojoba oil mixed with any organic conditioner will noticeably add sheen and moisture to the hair. We recommend using organic jojoba oil on damp not dry hair, or applying it directly to the scalp to help treat dandruff and reduce hair breakage.
Gentle enough to be as used a daily moisturizer, Argan oil has been known to relieve breakouts and even treat symptoms of acne. And with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Argan oil has the amazing ability to naturally reduce skin inflammation and revive and rejuvenate the skin. And when it comes to your tresses, think of organic Argan oil as an all-in-one deep conditioner. It nourishes, creates sheen and provides a long lasting nutrient boost for your hair.
Coconut oil And finally, known as the miracle oil, coconut oil has the unique ability to deeply penetrate the skin and hair without leaving a greasy residue. As a rich source of anti-oxidants and vitamin E, you can use it as a rich and soothing body cream to provide all day hydration to the skin or to reduce fine lines-we love it for under the eyes. And whether it’s for taming frizzy hair or treating your tresses overnight, coconut oil can serve as a deeply moisturising, natural hair conditioner, working its magic from scalp to the tips of your hair. A little goes a long way so we recommend you use it sparingly.
Many store bought oils, whether carrier or essential, knowingly contain toxins and artificial fragrances to help preserve their shelf life. As the largest organ of the body, the skin easily absorbs whatever chemicals are applied to it topically. This is why we recommend that you buy organic whenever possible. Organic lies at the heart of our ethical brand and here at Fushi, we pride ourselves in sourcing only premium and ‘certified organic’ ingredients to ensure that you, our customers get the very best there is.
To put it plain and simply, organic stands for non-genetically modified. And studies have shown and will continue to show that by choosing organic over conventional, refined products, you always stand to benefit from more vitamins and nutrients. Something your body will thank you for in the long run.