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

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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.


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