Oils have been used for thousands of years in multiple cultures for medicinal and health purposes. They can be applied to your skin, hair and in cooking. If you have a sun burn, oils can hep sooth and hydrate your skin. If you want an anti-aging formula to reduce fine lines, oils can add hydration and smooth out wrinkles. If you are looking for a healthier way to cook, oils can give you the anti-oxidant, heart health benefits and flavor that other cooking ingredients do not.
I use oils for everything: my hair, face, in food, as a perfume, a bronzer and so much more! Here are my favorite oils, their uses and benefits from Beautycounter, Conscious Coconut, Stacia, Egyptian Magic, Spectrum and Avohaus. It’s impressive how beneficial oils are for our health and skin!
Hydrating Face Oil—recently featured on GOOP as one of the best face oils—is an easy way to moisturize your skin and boost radiance. It’s a silky formula made of pure plant oils such as jasmine oil that has a hint of sweet floral scent. Jasmine oil also helps enhance hydration—the perfect solution for anyone with dry or mature skin. Another option is the Soothing Face Oil, which also helps moisturize and even out your skin tone. It’s a silky formula that is made with pure plant oils such as calendula, an ingredient that gives it a leafy herbal scent.
If you have combination skin, the Balancing Face Oil is perfect for you. Made with ylang ylang and wild chamomile, the two help rebalance your skin. Personally, I use the Soothing Face Oil twice a day. I use it in the morning as a primer when my skin is feeling extra dry. I also use it at night over my serum. Don’t forget to apply to your neck too, oils are not just for your face.
Bungalow Perfume Oil by Stacia is hand-crafted in Santa Monica, and made with botanical-based oils of bamboo, fig, and coconut. This oil perfume is easy to apply using the ball point roll on, and smells just like a tropical beach! I love this for gift giving as well, friends always love it and rave how it reminds them of the beach, endless Summer!
I love Conscious Coconut Oil for its many uses—a moisturizer, hair de-frizzer, teeth whitener, makeup remover, cooking and so much more! It’s 100 percent USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified™, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, made free of all artificial ingredients, GMOs, fillers, parabens, alcohol, fragrances, sulfates, artificial colors, or unnatural preservatives. One bottle goes a long way! Plus, they don’t test on any animals, ever. I love the smell and my boys also love it on their faces after a long weekend in the sun. Moms with girls, great for a natural detangler. Bonus, I love the packaging and mission of the company.
If you want something without the shimmer and bronze effect, then I recommend the Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary. This formula instantly absorbs into your skin and provides you the exact amount of moisture. It’s made with thirteen botanical oils that leaves your skin feeling smooth, silky, and luminous. There are hints of grapefruit, sweet orange, and rosemary that create a beautifully complex yet subtle scent.
Egyptian Magic is a powerful healing cream made from 100 percent all natural ingredients, including olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis. It hydrates and repairs skin from top to bottom! You can use it as a moisturizer, lipbalm, eye cream or hair mask. If you suffer from eczema and skin irritations, it can help heal and sooth your skin. Plus, it’s a celebrity favorite!
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil makes a great cooking oil, as long as cooking temperatures don’t exceed medium heat levels (at high heat olive oil breaks down and becomes carcinogenic). Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, which help keep “bad” LDL cholesterol low and boost levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. And, extra-virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants which helps promote a healthy heart.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil offers a variety of health benefits including assisting in weight loss and providing energy for the brain. Virgin coconut oil has high amounts of naturally occurring antioxidants, and can increase HDL, the healthy type of cholesterol that you need. I recommend using the Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil, Non-refined, available in many grocery stores and online.
Have you tried cooking with avocado oil? It’s considered one of the best cooking oils because it can be heated at 500 degrees Fahrenheit without breaking down and releasing harmful chemicals. Avocado oil that is dark green tends to have a lot of healthy chlorophyll, carotenoid lutein to protect your eyes, and other antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotene and vitamin E. A good quality avocado oil will have lots of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help improve cardiovascular health, lower the risk of certain cancers, and reduce belly fat. Avohaus Avocado Oil is a great option if you’re looking for a high quality cooking oil.