Nuts are good for you. Period. As a crunchy midday snack and on your skin and hair. No wonder beauty experts everywhere are going nuts over natural nut oil products.
Here’s our pick of the five best nut oils you need to include in your regime asap.
Why it’s special: The world’s gone gaga for this wonder nut, a native to Morocco. It’s hair beneficial properties have been well documented; its chockful of vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants, and traps moisture into hair shaft to keep frizz and split ends at bay. Another plus, you can use it for all over moisturization. It’s wonderfully light and instantly blend into skin.
How can you use it: Rub a few drops between palms and apply on just shampooed, damp hair before blow drying. For all over application, mix with your regular body lotion, but for particularly flaky elbows and knees, rub directly over chaffed areas.
Why it’s special: Synonymous with languid days spent lounging on beaches, the humble coconut is a fixture in south east Asia and coastal India. The unique medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and antioxidants that protect your skin. It’s unique combination of Lauric and Capric acid makes it a powerful moisturizer.
How can you use it: Apply to strands before a shampoo and cover with a warm towel. Shampoo after a couple of hours for silky soft, shiny hair. Pure virgin coconut oil is also an excellent daily body and face moisturizer. If your skin is oily, just use a coconut oil-based body wash to keep skin soft.
MACADAMIA NUT OIL
Why it’s special: Cold pressed from the nuts of trees in Hawaii, Australia and the Islands of Fiji, this creamy nut oil contains palmitoleic acid, a vital ingredient that delays premature aging. It also contains oleic acid touted to have regenerative and moisturizing properties.
How can you use it: Macadamia nut oil smoothens fine lines and promote collagen production. Just a little dab goes a long way and this non-greasy elixir quickly blends into skin. Rub directly on problem areas, scars and sunburn for instant soothing.
KUKUI NUT OIL
Why it’s special: Also called 'candlenut', the kukui nut originated in Hawaii. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and is an excellent emollient for dry, chapped skin. However, it’s haircare benefits are legendary thanks to its ability to strengthen the hair shaft from root to tip.
How can you use it: Simply dab the oil on dry skin or stretch marks and massage gentle. The quick absorb formula blends into skin without blocking pores. Using a Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner is the best way to restore life and lustre to dull, fine hair.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Why it’s special: Indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East sweet almond oil is extracted from edible almonds and is powerhouse of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, proteins, zinc, and a host of other vitamins and minerals. The oil has several skin and hair benefits besides being used for cooking too.
How can you use it: A marvellous night repair treatment, sweet almond oil also fades dark circles. oil. A natural sunscreen, the oil can be gently massaged onto dry patches and fine lines, including under-eyes. The quick-absorb, light oil seals in moisture without blocking pores, lightening and brightening the complexion over time. You can also use it on dry, chapped lips, or as a makeup remover. Oils strands regularly with this magical formula can strengthen hair, reduce dandruff and seal split ends.