What are the best oils for skin and hair care?
Last week my hair was really starting to show the effects of the cold, dry, winter air, so I decided an oil treatment was in order. I've been doing these off and on since I was a kid using, first with the old VO5 hot oil tubes, then on to baby oil (yuck, I know) when I was in university and couldn't get my hands on the VO5, and now a variety of more natural oils. In this post, I've decided to share with your some of my favorites for both skin and hair care.
Sweet almond oil. I bought a big bottle of this a couple of years ago and fell in love. It's virtually odourless, which is a big plus for somewhat scent sensitive me, and it is very nourishing and hydrating for both hair and skin. I use it on its own mostly, but sometimes blend in a little essential oil. I also find it great for making salt or sugar scrubs. The one downside is it does not absorb into the skin as readily as I'd like. This would make it a great massage oil, I'm sure, but using it sometimes left me concerned about staining clothing and furniture while I waited to dry.
Grape seed oil. I have to say that this is my new favourite for skin and hair care alike. When I used it on my hair it was much easier to wash out than the sweet almond oil and left less of a residue. Even with that, I found it to be just as hydrating and effective. For skin care I've only used it a handful of times. Again, it's virtually scent free and I find it absorbs more easily into my skin. It is very light and I even find myself using it on my face. If you're not ready to go into full on oil mode, it would be a great oil to add to your favorite moisturizer for some extra hydration.
Coconut Oil. This oil's been all the rage for a while now and I am a fan. Honestly though, I prefer to eat it than use it on my skin. I do have some set aside with some cocoa butter that I intend to use for making body butter someday, but I think for skin and hair, I prefer grape seed and sweet almond oils. Also, quality coconut oil is significantly more expensive than the others, so I'm more apt to use it for cooking and baking. I'd like to point out too that some people find coconut oil to be comedogenic (pore clogging) and that's something to consider if you're acne prone. But it is an effective moisturizer for both skin and hair and is also very popular for soothing skin after shaving.
So those are my top three oils. Caveat here, I am not a skincare expert and this post is entirely based on my experience. Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments and let me know if you've tired these oils or if you have other skin or haircare favorites.
Hi, I'm Shara Vickers, a Nutritional Health and Fitness Specialist located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Please have a look around to find out more about my approach to health and the coaching and consulting services I offer to both local and long-distance clients.