I am a huge fan of oils. All kinds. I literally have a ton. When I started my natural journey, I started with oils. Argan, Baobab, Jojoba, Avocado, cranberry, I literally bought them all, then tested and worked with them one by one to see what they could do for my body, face and hair. During winter, when the air turns dry and cold, in stead of dry and hot (Cali is a desert after all), I like to boost my skincare regimen with oils that have more nutrients so that they can feed my skin.
Castor oil (Ricinus communist):
The benefits. Castor oil is famous for increasing circulation. If you look on many blog and YouTube channels you’ll notice loads of Castor oil challenges that are all about growing hair. Noticing my brows were a bit thicker and lashes are a bit longer wasn’t an overnight experience. It was not an OMG! Trees just grew out of my face, woohoo!! kind of a thing. Keep in mind, natural skin care and hair care is not an overnight process, it takes time to change your skin and hair. (that’s my disclaimer).
- Anti inflammatory:
- 85 – 95% Rinicoleic Acid (An hydroxy, fatty acid that is responsible for most of castor oil’s nourishing and healing properties)
- Nutrient rich
- Increases circulation
Skin types: Good for all skin types. Just be sure to dilute castor oil for the best experience.
- During an oil cleansing: Remove your make up with oils so that you ease debris away from your skin. Doing so can also help you retain the lashes that you already have today.
- Part of an oil serum: make sure to add a drop of serum to your lashes and brows. Apply directly with an eyelash wand. If you want to use only castor oil, apply with a wand to the lashes and brows and let it sink in. Oils need time to work, so keep applying for a month to see results.
- Mix in with your body oils, it will help to heal and protect your skin.
Avocado oil (Persea americana)
I started using Avocado oil in my formulations because, well, I love Avocados. Just eating them is awesome, my skin always feel great when I’ve eaten an avocado. So why not spread the oil on my skin. Avocado oil is rich oleic acid and essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E (Oleic acid, is part of the foundation of human adipose tissue, that’s connective tissue.) Which means that there are beautiful benefits to avocado oil. Avocado oil is excellent for healing, decreasing inflammation, and boosting collagen production.
My personal experience is with using Avocado under the eye, whenever I do, I notice that my skin feels more pliant and plump. I can literally see that my skin accepts the avocado oil like no other.
- Contains skin loving Oleic acid and essential fatty acids
- Vitamins A, D and E
- Reduces inflammation
Skin types: Best for dry or mature skin types. Though it can be used on all skin types.Avocado oil is excellent for healing, decreasing inflammation, and boosting collagen production. Click To Tweet
Skin types: Good for all skin types. While dilution is not required for the best experience.
- I love avocado oil by itself and within serums and creams. Read the ingredients list and make sure that it’s part of the skincare that you use everyday.
Baobab oil (Adansonia digitata)
I started using Baobab oil a few years back in a hair oil. It changed the game. All of a sudden my hair just seemed more healthy. My skin seemed softer and
Baobab is full of fatty acids. It’s one of the most well rounded oils with,
- Oleic – 30-40%
- Palmitic – 18-30%
- Linoleum – 24-34%
- Linolenic – less than 1-3%
- Stearic – 2-8%
Skin types: Good for all skin types. A little bit goes a long way, baobab may be added to oil formulations.
- Look for Baobab oil mixed into your products. Baobab is not greasy, and absorbs well. I like to add baobab to lotions, oils basically everything, though it can be used on it’s own.