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The best natural oils for your skin

 

Contrary to popular belief oil can be good for your skin. For those with oily skin types there is a misconception that face oils should be avoided at all costs but in fact this isn’t strictly true. There are a fabulous range of natural oils on the market that are great for skin, but the trick is to find the right one for your skin type.

Here’s our top 5 oils to help different skin types and other skin and hair problems:

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Coconut oil is great for sensitive skin including those who suffer from eczema. Due to it’s fatty acid properties, when applied to the skin the oil acts as a kind of barrier helping to keep moisture locked in. It’s full of vitamin E and has antibacterial and antifungal properties helping to protect and heal any skin problems.
If you have dry hair coconut oil can help restore flexibility and strength due to its 12-carbon fatty acid structure. You can just add a little to dry ends, smooth some on your finger tips and run through your hair to tame fine fly away hair, or why not use it as a deep conditioning treatment whilst washing your hair.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is the new-found elixir for skin however it’s actually not that new, as Moroccan’s have been using it for years in a variety of different ways. Argan oil is packed full of vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It’s light enough to be used daily as a moisturiser, and to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. It can also be used by those with oily skin types as it reduces sebum and therefore helps to control oil production. If you have dry nails, soak them in argan oil, available from many herbalist stores, for 10 minutes every day for a week.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Extracted from the seeds of rose bushes, rosehip oil is full of antioxidants like vitamin C and E plus vitamin A which helps stimulate new skin cells. Aging skin can really benefit from rosehip oil as it helps to fight against wrinkles plus those who have dark patches and scars will find they reduce when used daily for a few weeks. Vitamins are an essential part of our diet as they help keep us healthy. You can find out more by visiting the NHW website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-e/

Avocado Oil

shutterstock_217640554If you have dry, sensitive or itchy skin avocado oil could help soothe your skin complaints. It has high levels of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids which helps calm inflamed and irritated skin. You can use avocado oil directly on your skin or mix it with your favourite moisturiser. If you have oily skin avocado oil may not be suitable for your skin type.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil helps to kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that can cause acne. It works quickly helping to soothe flare-ups. It’s mild healing properties help to quicken the healing process but without drying the skin out. To find out more about the many benefits of tea tree oil visit: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tea-tree-oil


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