Beauty: give skin and hair a boost with nour­ish­ing oils

Boost your beauty reg­i­men with deeply nour­ish­ing hair, face and body oils,

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - writes Sheree Mut­ton.

AFEW YEARS BACK, oils were con­sid­ered too greasy for the skin, clog­ging pores and caus­ing break-outs. Those bot­tles of golden liq­uid also left hair look­ing like it hadn’t been washed for weeks. Fast for­ward to 2016 and we know they’re burst­ing with ben­e­fits. Beauty oils can help with ev­ery­thing from dry hair to age­ing skin. Here, we re­veal the new oils for your hair, face and body, and how to use them.

Hair oils

There are many oils avail­able, such as ar­gan, co­conut, macadamia and al­mond oil. Rich in nu­tri­ents, they help mois­turise the scalp and hair, add shine, tame frizz and re­pair dam­aged locks.

RAW Hair Salon owner An­thony Nader says the for­mu­la­tion of hair oils has im­proved over the past few years. Once the view was that an oil would “weigh your hair strands down and make you look like you’ve just been caught in a down­pour.”

Now, he says, oils “have changed dra­mat­i­cally and won’t weigh down your strands, but will feed hair the nu­tri­ents and good­ness it de­serves.”

An­thony says hair oil will help to re­vi­talise dull hair. “Ap­ply it on damp hair be­fore blow-dry­ing,” he ad­vises. “This ab­sorbs into each strand bet­ter than when your hair is dry. Also, by dry­ing the oil in, there’s no chance the hair shows even one per cent of oili­ness.

“If you’re time-poor, rub the oil be­tween your palms then rake it through mid-lengths and ends. You can even twist sec­tions [about 4cm or 5cm] and then leave. This will give your hair more con­trol­la­bil­ity and will form the per­fect waves for your day ahead.”

An­other handy tip: “When you’re giv­ing your­self a mois­ture treat­ment at home, add a few drops of hair oil as well and pop on a shower cap. This keeps in the heat and ac­cel­er­ates the in­gre­di­ents to per­form to the max.”

Face oils

Fa­cial oils can as­sist with al­most ev­ery skin prob­lem, from dry­ness to acne and age­ing.

It may sound counter-in­tu­itive, but fa­cial oils can ac­tu­ally help to nor­malise your skin’s nat­u­ral oil pro­duc­tion. Strip­ping the skin with a harsh cleanser can often re­sult in your oil glands be­com­ing over­ac­tive, whereas a fa­cial oil such as jo­joba oil will cleanse the pores of dirt and bac­te­ria that can cause pim­ples.

Skin expert Amy Er­bacher says jo­joba oil works well for those peo­ple with nor­mal or com­bi­na­tion skin be­cause it mim­ics our own se­bum and is a light and fine oil. “When se­lect­ing an oil, keep in mind the vis­cos­ity of the oil,” ad­vises Amy. “For ex­am­ple, if you have oily skin and are prone to black­heads, I’d steer clear of heav­ier oils such as olive and co­conut oil.”

Fa­cial oils can also be your num­ber one de­fence against fine lines and wrin­kles be­cause they plump and re­hy­drate the skin. When look­ing for a fa­cial oil to help with the signs of age­ing, opt for one that is packed with an­tiox­i­dants. This will help pro­tect against sun dam­age and free rad­i­cals such as smoke and pol­lu­tion.

“Rose­hip and car­rot seed [rich in vi­ta­min A] are both re­gen­er­a­tive and as­sist cell turnover,” says Amy. Evening prim­rose oil and bor­age seed oil are also ben­e­fi­cial for ma­ture skin.

“Bor­age seed oil is rich in gamma- linoleic acid,” she ex­plains. “It’s also re­gen­er­a­tive and firm­ing, often used in anti-age­ing and wrin­kle prepa­ra­tions to fight de­hy­dra­tion.”

Amy sug­gests be­ing se­lec­tive about which oils you ap­ply in the morn­ing. “Es­pe­cially in a cli­mate that pro­duces harsh rays, you want to avoid photo/sun sen­si­tiv­ity/ pig­men­ta­tion,” she ad­vises.

“Any oil ap­plied top­i­cally to your skin in the day can burn, so ap­ply sun­screen or a mois­turiser with a high SPF fac­tor over the top.”

RE­MEM­BER: Ap­ply­ing a cu­ti­cle oil daily will help keep your nails and cu­ti­cles nour­ished, and pre­vent them from split­ting.

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