I’m going to be blogging a bit more about essential oils in the next few weeks/months (including running some online workshops on how to use essential oils, if you’re interested, sign up to my newsletter for details)
But I just wanted to do a quick post on why I use oils when it comes to looking after my skin.
First of all, oil is a simple, clean ingredient and much like what we eat, the less processed our beauty products are, the better they are for us. My top tip is that if you see the word “fragranced” or “perfumed” then it’s been tinkered with. Stick to organic, cold pressed oils for the best results.
Secondly, and this is the most important of all, because so many people think that by using oils they’re going to have greasy skin – just like fat doesn’t make us fat, oil does not make us oily. Fact.
Thirdly, oils are cheap and sustainable. When you buy oils, you only need a few drops, so one bottle can last for months. And actually, if you’re savvy, you can use your oils to extend the life of other beauty products, like mascara.
Here are three of my favourite oils…
Coconut oil. When I landed in Croatia last month, the first thing I did was source out a jar of coconut oil. I used it to cook with, to moisturise, to condition my hair, as lip balm etc. It really is mircle stuff – sorry to sound like a cliche.
Rosehip oil. This is great for moisturising, it soaks in to the skin really well and smells lovely. It’s especially good if you suffer from dry skin because it’s a natural source of vitamin e which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that soothes and hydrates damaged skin. It’s also good if you spend a lot of time in the sun too.
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba btw). This is a great make up remover. You can blend it with rosehip oil if you want a super moisturiser and if you’ve any breakouts, then a few drops of frankincense will work wonders. It’s also great as a conditioner for your hair too (hence why it’s added to so many products you can buy) as it hydrates.
Do you use oils? I’d love to know your favourite blends…