Beauty school: 5 unexpected uses for oil

  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Where to start in the beauty oil boom? Here’s a primer.

Moisturize: Skin-care experts recommend easing into using oil. Start by adding a few drops to your daily moisturizer. If your skin tolerates that, try the oil by itself every other day. Note: Different oils have different benefits. Some experts say coconut oil is a great body moisturizer but should be avoided on the face because it could clog pores. Instead, try hemp seed oil or jojoba oil, which is the most similar to human skin oil. Experts say that applying jojoba can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production.

Shave: There are plenty of pricey “pre-shave” oils on the market, but why not grab the extra-virgin olive oil from the kitchen cupboard? Skin-care experts say a few drops are enough to lubricate the skin and avoid nicks and irritation.

Deep condition: Mix a few drops of your favorite oil to your regular hair conditioner, or apply a mask of coconut oil to your hair. Let it sit for 20 minutes, blow-dry your hair with the oil on, then shampoo. “This stimulates the hair follicle, resulting in growth and less hair loss,” said Dr. Mohiba Tareen of Tareen Dermatology in Roseville. Tame winter flyaways with a bit of argan oil applied to the ends.

Remove makeup: A few drops of oil and a cotton ball will remove even stubborn eye makeup.

Treat: Natural oils such as almond and avocado have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and are often used to treat skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. Lavender has calming and antiseptic qualities, too, and is a favorite among oil proponents. An oil high in vitamin C, such as pomegranate or avocado oil, can help reduce brown spots.

Aimee Blanchette

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