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Natural is in. This is why beauty moguls and icons are ditching all the chemically processed lotions, masks, hairspray, and facial scrubs for a natural solution that is sure to keep you looking fresh and proper.
In fact, today’s health and body market is submerged in news about fantastic oils—some that sound like the word for the inside of a coconut to others that sound like what I imagine a walrus’s mating call would be. Although some oils work to remedy certain body parts and problem areas, there are some more versatile ones that do both the skin and hair—and consequently, the #selfiesunday—good.
1. Aloe Vera Oil
This wondrous plant isn’t only used for working magic on burnt or damaged skin, but so much more. You can drink aloe vera juice or apply lotion, but fact: aloe vera oil exists, and ladies, it is fantastic. Prepared by combining the aloe vera plant with a regular fatty oil, it is bottled to perfection and shipped to divas like you.
With a quick rub, aloe vera can be used to ease scalp dandruff, a dry scalp, and when combined with tea tree oil, aloe vera can be used to make hair stronger. Aloe vera oil also heals eczema and psoriasis on skin, as well as a fantastic massage oil. Aloe vera oil is best used when applied directly after a shower, as it absorbs into the skin better.
- ½ cup of aloe vera gel (either straight from the plant or from a health food store)
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 2 to 3 drops of any essential oil (rose, jasmine, peppermint, or even a citrus essential oil)
1. Combine aloe vera gel and coconut oil in a bowl. The ratio of aloe vera gel to the coconut oil should be 1:1.
2. Add 2 to 3 drops of an essential oil to the aloe vera and coconut oil mixture. Stir well.
3. Heat the mixture in a pot on the stove over low heat for approximately 10 minutes.
4. Leave the aloe oil to cool.
2. Sweet Almond Oil
It is known to many how beneficial almond oil is: it is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, protein, zinc and a plethora of other minerals. However, did you know exactly how beneficial almond oil is? It is applicable to easing our skin, hair, and hearts.
Almond oil is especially for sensitive skin, hence the fact that is is both hypoallergenic and can be used on even baby skin; almond oil also is less likely to cause allergic reactions. If regularly rubbed onto the skin, sweet almond oil can prevent oxidative stress and UV radiation damage.
Because almond oil can easily penetrate the skin, it is also known for its antimicrobial properties: it removes dirt and debris that accumulate in pores and hair follicles, thus also reducing blackheads and acne. Almond oil also can be used to remove makeup from more sensitive areas such as the eyes: to apply, one should dip a cotton pad into the oil and rub on the face, leave it for approximately two minutes, then wipe off with another cotton pad.
And it doesn’t stop there! You can also DIY your own face scrub with two ingredients: almond oil and fine sugar. Once combined, mix both and rub on your face with gentle circles to exfoliate. Rinse, and repeat weekly for glowy, sparkling skin. With this face wash, you’re sure to put LUSH out of business!
We lose our hair due to a deficiency of zinc and magnesium, which almond oil, coincidentally, contains mounds of. To control hair loss, warm one tablespoon of oil and rub into your scalp post bath. For best results, leave on overnight.
3. Coconut Oil
Because this IS India.com, I’m going to have to give a shout out to your Nani, who fervently advocated coconut oil since you were basically two. Coconut oil might as well be nicknamed “Savior”, especially due to all of its life-changing properties: from keeping your frizzy locks under control to rejuvenating dry skin.
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If your hair is frizzy, or just insanely dry, rub some coconut oil into your palm and work your way towards the end of your strands. Then, brush with a wide tooth comb, tie hair into a ponytail, and stuff it all in a shower cap. Before you seize the day, rinse with shampoo and conditioner.
Coconut oil can also be used for softening skin. All you have to do is gently rub some into your palms, then on your face and hands. Coconut oil also does wonders for corns on feet, as well as hard and cracked feet. When mixed equal parts with brown sugar, coconut oil can also help exfoliate skin to close pores for a look like no other.