Oil is the way to go!
While celebs and fashionistas go gaga over coconut oil, here’s a list of other such organic oils that you should include in your beauty regime
Afew weeks ago, Hollywood star Kate Hudson posted a picture of herself on Instagram, and in the caption, she credited coconut oil for her glowing skin (one of her hashtags said #coconutoilskin). Supermodel Miranda Kerr, too, swears by rose hip oil when it comes to taking care of her skin.
Experts agree that organic oils go a long way in helping one get beautiful skin. “Natural oils don’t strip the skin of its moisture. In fact, they rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, and also act as cleansers,” says Kalpana Sarangi, a cosmetic dermatologist. Here’s a round-up of a few essential oils for your beauty kit.
— With inputs from Soma Sarkar, cosmetic dermatologist and KE Mukadam, dermatologist
and laser surgeon
CASTOR OIL: This vegetable oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can be applied to heal sunburns, acne and fungal infections. It also helps reduce wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, pigmentation, etc. Incidentally, castor oil can be used to treat open wounds, lines and wrinkles as well. Since the oil is thick in consistency, it is often used to soothe dry and itchy skin. Its benefits are maximised when it is used along with additives such as jojoba oil. It also helps treat discolouration, eczema and psoriasis.
OLIVE OIL: The consistent use of this oil can restore, tone and smoothen skin. It is widely used to treat dryness as it easily penetrates into the skin. You can also use it as a regular hand cream to cure cuticles, and to soften the hands.
GRAPESEED OIL: Rich in Vitamin C, grapeseed oil has moisturising properties. It repairs and tightens the skin, and also has mild astringent and antiseptic qualities. It contains antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties, both essential to prevent acne. It can also help reduce dark circles.
ROSE HIP OIL: It acts as a multivitamin for the skin as it is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. It heals dry, sun-damaged skin and helps remove burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. It aids skin rejuvenation by boosting cellular regeneration. Rose hip oil is generally welltolerated by all skin types including oily skin, as it helps regulate your natural sebum production. It can also be used across various age-groups, and is a thicker oil.
COCONUT OIL: Considered a superfood, coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids and medical properties. From delaying the ageing process to moisturising dry skin, this oil serves many purposes. It also acts as a skin softener, and makes removing makeup a swift and easy process. Experts say that coconut oil helps with fine exfoliation, thereby reducing fine lines and dark circles around the eyes. It also offers mild protection from the sun.
ALMOND OIL: A rich source of Vitamin A,B, D and E, it helps make the skin smoother and softer. It also has moisturising properties. Almond oil can also be used to cure chapped lips and body rashes.