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Coconut oil seemed to have everyone in the beauty world abuzz with excitement, as the be-all-end-all natural moisturizer/leave in treatment. But some research by the beauty blogging community has opened the doors to a world of diverse natural oils that could be even better than the esteemed coconut. Also Read - 'Feel Liberated' by Finely Crushing Chutney? Nutrition Expert Rujuta Diwekar's Latest Tweet Gets Twitter Divided Over Gender Roles-Stereotypes
These oils have a ton of positive effects on your skin and hair, and can help you cut back on your dependence of chemical laden serums. The best part about keeping it au naturel? You can find some of these oils in your pantry or your local grocery store, cutting down those expensive trips to the Sephora skincare aisle. Also Read - Beware of These Common Food Additive in Desserts or be Ready For Long-Term Health Damage
You can use some of these oils as substitutes for your daily serums, moisturizers or leave in conditioners. They will do the trick, while using half the normal amount of product.
1. Argan Oil
If the smell of the coconut oil is what is holding you back from using oils on your hair, you should not be afraid to embrace argan oil. Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan trees and contains vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of antioxidants. Argan oil is one of the best oils for your hair, it is light and non-greasy, and leaves your hair smooth and shiny. All you need are 1-2 drops to condition your hair.
2. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil resembles olive oil in color and its moisturizing properties make it the perfect solution for both your hair and skin. Avocado oil contains phytosterols, a fatty acid. Phytosterols have been shown to repair skin although more evidence is still needed to substantiate these claims.
This oil is perfect if you are still trying to chase those dull winter skin patches away. It is a rich emollient, making it an ideal treatment for those with dry or itchy skin. It is also high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acid, which helps decrease inflammation.
Avocado oil can be used on your hair as well. Colorists and stylists love this oil as a leave-in treatment after washing, and users say hair is left feeling shiny without the greasy after aftereffects.
3. JoJoba Oil
Fun fact—jojoba oil is actually pronounced “ho-ho-ba.” And among its benefits jojoba wins out in the color and smell areas, it is both colorless and odorless. Jojoba oil has a similar molecular composition to the naturally produced oils on our skin. Jojoba is the most effective for those who have acne prone skin because of its antiseptic qualities.
Jojoba is the perfect addition to your beauty routine, especially because it contains all the vitamins and minerals, vital for good skin health: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine and chromium. As a bonus—jojoba has a long shelf life, and can remain unused for years.
4. Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose hip seed oil originates from rose bush seeds grown in Chile. “Rosehips were a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of their healing properties—the oil can be made by cold press or by slow-cooking it,” according to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas.
Rose-hip seed oil contains vitamins, antioxidants and some essential fatty acids, which makes it the perfect solution to lighten dark spots and reduce scars and fine lines. If you do not want to quit all your traditional moisturizes just yet, try inching this oil into your routine by adding a few drops to your moisturizer.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is the best option to combat dry skin. Vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols are all found in olive oil. These three antioxidants have been linked to preventing premature skin aging. Vitamin E, in particular, helps to maintain skin texture and protects against UV light.
It is much heavier than the other oils, so those with acne-prone skin should avoid olive oil. Some research has shown that this antioxidant-rich oil may even help protect against skin cancer.
Like most oils, it is all in the way you apply it. You only need a teaspoon for your face, make sure to apply on your face and neck and pat the skin dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
I love to use these readily available oils as a part of my daily exfoliation, simply mix with a little brown sugar and honey to make the perfect body scrub.