Are you under the impression that using oils on your face and hair will result in greasiness?
When I was growing up, we were told never to use oils on our skin or hair. Everything was marketed as “oil-free.”
Here’s the deal. Back in the day, many conventional moisturizers contained mineral oil.
Since mineral oil is a non-plant based oil, it can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.
So avoiding mineral oil was a great idea.
Unfortunately, the problem with the oil-free products they created was they dried out the skin. In response, most skin would produce more oil which would then cause more break-outs.
It was a vicious cycle.
Having been taught that oil is the enemy to good skin and hair, it’s hard to embrace the new knowledge that oil is actually the best thing for our skin and hair.
If you are new to using oils on your face and hair, here’s how to get started.
How to Start Using Natural Oils on Face and Hair
1. Experiment with Several Oils to Find the Right One for You
Start by experimenting with natural oils. These are oils that come from plants and flowers.
Examples of natural oils include:
Shea Nut Oil
Our bodies naturally secrete sebum to keep our skin moist. Oils from plants and flowers mimic sebum in their make-up.
Since our body already creates sebum, these natural oils are readily and easily absorbed into our skin.
Jojoba oil is the oil that most closely resembles sebum, so it’s a great place to start.
All Skin Types Can Benefit From Natural Oils
It does not matter if your skin has been identified as oily, dry, or combination.
Natural skin care oils are suitable for any skin type; however, each oil has unique properties that can benefit skin and hair in different ways.
For example, if you want to improve your skin’s elasticity, try using avocado oil.
But if you want to rejuvenate your skin, grab the apricot oil.
For the Best Results, Apply Natural Oils to Damp Skin
The best time to apply natural oils is right when you finish your shower or bath.
Lightly pat skin so it is still slightly damp. Then apply the natural oil of your choice.
The beauty of using natural oils is they are easily absorbed, so you don’t have to worry about any oily residue.
Add Oil to Your Hair Conditioner
If you are looking to nourish your hair, try adding a few drops of natural oil to your hair conditioner.
You can add avocado oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil. All three will work to boost the moisturizing benefits of your conditioner.
Massage Oil Directly On Your Scalp
Giving your head a massage with natural oils can combat a dry, flaky scalp.
Coconut oil is great as a scalp oil.
Start at your scalp and massage coconut oil in. Then move down the hair shaft and make sure to apply to ends.
Allow to sit on the hair for 15 to 20 minutes before washing as usual. You’ll love the results!
MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH NATURAL OILS
For years I suffered from red bumps on the back of my arms. Every doctor I saw recommended I use a product such as Retina-A to dry it out.
Drying it only made the red bumps worse.
A friend suggested I try something new. Avocado Oil.
I used an oil-based scrub in my quest to get rid of the red bumps on the back of my arms.
This scrub has been the most effective treatment for those bumps I’ve ever used.
That’s when I learned that oil is a girl’s best beauty friend.