I use at least one oil on my skin each and every day. Be it sandwiched between a serum and moisturiser in the morning for an added layer of protection during the winter months or as a nourishing mask on those days when my skin needs a little TLC. Seriously, I can't get enough of the stuff, so I thought I'd introduce you to my top three 'can't live without' oils.
First of the bunch and a long standing staple in my beauty kit is coconut oil; a product which seems to be receiving a lot of attention within the blogging community of late thanks to its nutritional benefits as well as the moisturising properties that have had me hooked from first application. On days when my skin looks as though it's teetering on the edge of a nasty break out, I tend to ditch my usual PM routine in favour of a thick layer of this mixed with a couple of drops of lavender and tea tree oils. As well as being incredibly moisturising, the antibacterial properties of the coconut oil, combined with those of the tea tree, help to nip any spots in the bud, whilst lavender works to heal and fade existing scars.
Castor oil is a relatively new addition to my beauty cupboard but after a few weeks of religiously massaging into my eyebrows a night, I can safely say I'm hooked. It may still be early days but my once abused brows are looking thicker than they have in years and I'm putting it down to the follicle stimulating properties of this little bottle of goodness. Rich in fatty acids, castor oil has a low molecular weight so is readily absorbed by the skin and hair. This, combined with it's ability to increase blood circulation, supposedly encourages the flow of nutrients to follicles, nourishing existing hair and promoting further growth.
Last in today's line up and a bit of a celebrity on the blogging circuit of late is rosehip oil. I like to apply this at night post serum for an added boost of hydration before my regular moisturisers. Once again, this oil is rich in fatty acids as well as antioxidants which are well regarded for their ability to protect the skin from free radicals and help in the prevention of premature ageing. Rosehip oil is also excellent at fading scars thanks to its unique combination of vitamins and fatty acids which have been shown to reduce redness and hyperpygmentation, improving both the colour and tone of skin. After years of picking at my skin during times of stress, I was left with lots of scars across the lower half of my face and this is one of several trusted products that I would recommend to anyone with a similar problem. My scars have faded noticeably since I started incorporating this oil into my daily routine and I credit it with the vast improvement that I've seen in the general evenness of my skin tone over the past year.