Multipurpose, hard-working skin and hair oils .
So you think oil should be should be avoided at all costs, unless you’re frying some forbidden treat like samosas. Get with the times and acquaint yourself with the latest crop of beautifying oils formulated for everything from lanky tresses to a dull complexion. Super absorbent and non-greasy, these skin friendly facial oils and nutrient rich strand potions promise to hydrate, moisturize and youthify skin and hair.
For centuries, oils have formed an integral part of the beauty routine of celebs and plebs alike. Kareena Kapoor owes her flowing mane to a monthly pamper session with a concoction of almond, castor, coconut and olive oil while Sonam Kapoor’s endless waves and gleaming skin are thanks to daily almond oil massages. Priyanka Chopra prefers a warm olive oil massage to maintain her tresses. Deepika Padukone and Malaika Arora’s enviable figures are all thanks to a weekly warm coconut oil massages, Katrina Kaif swears by the restorative powers of an apricot oil body massage, and Shilpa Shetty swears by the magical restorative powers of Johnson baby oil and coconut oil to remove makeup and moisture her pearly complexion.
So what makes oil—that was a unspeakable three letter word until recently—suddenly so desirable? Experts now acknowledge them as skin savers with powerful anti-aging and healing properties, giving more bang for the buck.
Nykaa Wellness expert Khushboo Vakharia says, “As awareness grows about the harmful side-effects of allopathic formulations, many more people are turning to Nature for magically restorative oils with therapeutic, medicinal or culinary properties.” She points out that there are over 700 different plant-based essential oils popular all over the world today. Oils are like fine wine, each with its own characteristics and properties, and contrary to popular belief, most are easily absorbable, rarely leave skin greasy or sticky.
It’s the secret ingredient of many facial oils, along with sweet almond and rose oil. The most common myth about face oils is that they leave you looking greasy but in reality, facial oils are fabulous moisturizers, quickly penetrating cells and leaving skin soft and supple. For best results apply immediately after a shower on damp skin. Then wait a couple of minutes before applying makeup. All skin types—dry, combination and oily—can benefit from facial oils. Use one especially formulated for acne prone skin if you’re susceptible to breakouts.
Coconut oil, BB cream for strands
Coconut oil is having a resurgence. The equivalent of a BB cream for hair, it’s a trusty multi-tasker that can transform your strands from drab to fab because of its healing and emollient properties. Packed with saturated fat that allow it to lock moisture in strands, restoring body and shine, it’s also a rich source of vitamin E, lauric acid and capric acid, antimicrobial compounds that prevent flaky skin and reduce dandruff. It’s a great product for summertime when humidity can frizz strands and make skin flaky and itchy. The only thing to remember is that a little goes a long way so use sparingly and apply only on mid-lengths and ends where hair is driest and natural oils don’t always reach.
Amla oil, an ancient Indian remedy
Used in India for centuries as a natural hair conditioner for its rejuvenating effect on strands, amla oil is made from the Indian gooseberry, a super fruit rich in vitamin C, proteins and antioxidants. The tart fruit has remarkable anti-aging benefits besides being an antidote for respiratory disorders. It’s cooling astringent properties that revitalize skin and cure skin disorders, makes it popular as a massage oil too. Used regularly on hair, it reduces grays making tresses thicker, shinier and healthier.
Seabuckthorn oil, a legendary Greek potion
Popular in Greek legends—Hercules’ legendary flying horse Pegasus loved chomping on them—seabuckthorn oil has been used for centuries to treat inflammation and regenerate skin tissue. It’s replete with Omega-7, a natural component of skin that boosts elasticity and repairs sun damage, making it the perfect ingredient for an anti-aging formula.
The Greeks and Romans used lavender in their bath water, burned lavender incense to pacify their Gods, and even believed the calming aroma could soothe untamed lions and tigers. Popular as a remedy to treat skin inflammation, irritation, and sunburn, it has healing and regenerating properties. Also touted as a strand friendly herb, lavender is believed to stimulate hair growth, prevent scalp infections, treat dandruff and drive away lice.
Argan oil, a treat for skin and hair
For centuries, the Berbers in Morocco have used argan oil for its numerous culinary, cosmetic and medicinal benefits. It contains a high level of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, including linoleic acid and vitamin E to nourish, protect and repair skin and hair. It moisturizes skin, slows down the appearance of wrinkles and photo ageing. It also works marvels on hair, restoring shine to strands, preventing split ends and calming a dry, itchy scalp.
Pure argan oil also works as moisturizing facial potion, deeply nourishing skin to restore flexibility, reduce blotchiness and itching caused by acne, eczema and psoriasis.
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