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Essential oils are an age-old beauty secret that have been used for centuries to help rejuvenate the skin, body and mind. Despite the advancement of technology in manufacturing processes, the beauty industry is still widely unregulated and as a result, many people are now turning away from processed ingredients to more natural alternatives. Essential oils renew and protect the skin, while releasing beautiful aromas which simultaneously soothe the mind.
Some Skincare specialists veer away from natural oils because they can clog the pores and aren’t absorbed as easily as traditional creams. When used sparingly however, they can give your daily routine the extra boost it needs for radiant, replenished skin. Natural oils penetrate the skin much more deeply than lotions and creams, developing new skin cells as they go. Read on to find out which ones you should look into introducing to your beauty routine today:
The fatty acids contained in Olive Oil are great for improving hair condition as they coat the shaft of the hair, keeping it healthy and protected. This is particularly important in the Winter months when hair can become dry and prone to breakages and split ends. It is also great for use on the body, especially for dry skin areas such as elbows and knees, helping to lock moisture in for longer.
Top product: ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum for Hair
Grapeseed oil is one of the best, natural moisturisers for skin as it enriches pores without clogging. It is high in antioxidants and unlike some oils, it is also beneficial for oily skin, helping to regulate oil production. With a high dose of Linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), Grapeseed Oil can also strengthen cells and help to regenerate them.
Top product: Burt’s Bees Honey and Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil has a natural SPF property, of up to SPF 40, which means it is often one of the oils used in natural sunscreens. It is also high in antioxidants, which help to repair skin damage caused by sun exposure, free radicals and other environmental stressors. This makes it great for those who work in Cities and are exposed to pollution on a daily basis, which can age skin and make it appear dull and lifeless. Other benefits include Vitamins A and E, which replenish ageing skin, helping to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Top Product: Lovea Carrot Oil with Beta Carotene
Rosehip Oil is high in essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 which decrease inflammation and help to reduce skin conditions such as acne. It also contains lycopene and Vitamin E will help to regenerate skin cells, reducing the signs of ageing and fine lines. This make it one of the best oils to help fight wrinkles, while moisturising and boosting the skin.
Top Product: Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Teatree, or Melaleuca oil, is often recognised for its antibacterial properties and it’s likely it was in many of the products you used as a teenager to treat spot-prone skin. This was because of its disinfectant and healing properties that allow it to dry out acne and clear the blockages within the pores that cause blackheads and spots. Specialists recommend that those with sensitive skin or eczema steer clear of Teatree, as it can be slightly harsh on the skin, but for those who suffer from breakouts, a few drops of Teatree can help clear skin in no time.
Top product: Dr Organic Tea Tree Face Wash
Commonly known as a soothing aromatherapy oil, the additional properties of Lavender Oil are often underestimated. Lavender Oil can soothe dry or chapped skin and can also be a natural method for reducing the pain and swelling of burns and insect bites. It is also a great relaxant and one of the best essential oils to add to a hot, soothing bath. Lavender Oil can cause irritation when applied directly to the skin so always skin test first with a single drop before applying to sensitive areas such as the face and always avoid when pregnant.
Top product: Lavender Meadow Foaming Bath
Coconut Oil is one of the most effective natural oils for hair health and growth. It contains natural fatty acids which help to protect the roots and strands from breakage. It is also great for hair moisture and has antifungal properties which can help to reduce dandruff and dry skin conditions. The amount used should be dependant on the condition of your hair – less for thin or greasy hair, more for hair that is thick and dry or damaged. Coconut Oil is also a great treatment for dry skin conditions with high levels of Vitamin E, which prevent cracking and help to repair and regenerate skin cells.
Top Product: Dr Organic. Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo
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Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.
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