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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.
- 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