Why I include oils in my beauty regime

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)

I love vintage beauty ads! Like this one from Palmolive in 1957

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…

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

13 thoughts on “Why I include oils in my beauty regime”

  1. Coconut oil is amazing stuff. It cleared up my daughter’s cradle cap when all the medicated oils failed.

  2. Rosehip is probably the best oil you can get for your skin. However all the other oils, I also love.

    I’ve always used Johnsons baby oil, and bio oil, but now my oil collection is increasing and I love it. My skin has improved so much.

  3. I used to use a lot more oils but fell out of the habit. I’ve heard so much about coconut oil though I must use it more.

  4. Oh how interesting. I work with essential oils – using lavender, chamomile and bergamot regularly. Kaz x

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