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The ultimate guide to beauty oils

by timetospa August 27, 2013
The ultimate guide to beauty oils

Typically, oil is something you might avoid at all costs when it comes to beauty products. Between oil-absorbing face wipes, finishing powder and dry shampoo, you're usually aiming to get a matte complexion and avoid greasy hair altogether. Still, in recent years, oils extracted from exotic places have been getting some serious press for beauty purposes. Still apprehensive? What if you could achieve silky skin, a more radiant complexion and lustrous locks, all while fighting the effects of aging and damage from the sun? Follow this guide to determine which oils are most beneficial according to your needs.

Skin and strand saviors
Coconut oil not only smells heavenly - it can also nourish your skin. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, told Glamour magazine that coconut oil cuts down on bacteria on your skin, thus reducing clogged pores. Additionally, he noted that coconut oil is ideal for calming and alleviating eczema. The Elemis Spa At Home Frangipani Monoi Body Oil is an ultra-rich, quick-absorbing formula that can be used on your cuticles, feet, hands and anywhere else on your body that's in desperate need of hydration. Monoi oil is made from exotic Frangipani Flowers soaked in coconut oil, and is unparalleled in its skin smoothing benefits.

You don't have to live with a patchy, discolored or uneven complexion. Glamour magazine reported that rose hip seed oil has a miraculous ability to fade unsightly scars due a high content of vitamin A and fatty acids. After cleansing your face, dab on FreshSkin by Elemis Softly Softly Daily Moisturizer, which is infused with a combination of rose hip seed oil, sweet almond oil and calming lavender to keep skin soft and supple.

While it may seem counterintuitive to use oil on oily skin, holistic skin care expert Cecilia Wong explained to NBC Today that grapeseed oil can actually be more effective at eliminating shine on your forehead, T-zone or anywhere else than a pressed powder because it helps to control how much oil your glands produce. What's more - it's chock full of vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help to brighten dull skin. Further, Dr. Joshua Zeichner noted that grapeseed oil has antiseptic properties, which is why it's ideal for preventing breakouts.

You might never have heard of black currant oil, but you should still consider making this powerful extract a part of your beauty regime. Glamour pointed out that because it's packed with fatty acids, it can help to alleviate flare-ups or inflammation. For these reasons, Wong revealed to NBC Today that this oil is also a highly effective treatment for repairing distressed or traumatized skin from damage, such as sunburn or windburn. It can even help to calm down your complexion after an aggressive laser treatment.

The perks don't stop there either - this double-duty oil is great for rejuvenating stressed tresses. Smooth on a liberal amount of the Phytodensium Anti-Aging Mask after shampooing, which uses grapeseed and black currant oils to repair your hair while simultaneously boosting shine and volume. This luxurious conditioner is especially effective at helping to thicken fine, limp strands.

Time travelers
Aging is a natural part of life, and the best way to fight it is with ingredients found in nature. NBC Today explained that argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is so packed with fatty acids and vitamin E that you only need a very small amount to achieve results. Distribute the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask evenly over a clean face twice a week to slough off aging skin cells and allow a younger, brighter and more luminous complexion to shine through. Be sure to emphasize any especially wrinkly areas and leave it on for eight to 10 minutes before gently wiping it away with a damp cloth. You could also leave it on overnight to let the argan oil sink in to the skin even more.

While marula oil is extracted from a tiny fruit, Ashton Kaidi, MD and co-founder of Marula: The Leakey Collection, told Prevention magazine that it's stuffed with the vitamin C equivalent of four grapefruits. Antioxidants work to reverse the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines or any other aging effects produced by free radicals. It's no wonder marula oil is one of the first skin and scar solutions that was ever discovered in Zimbabwe and East Africa. Kaidi revealed that because the fatty acids in marula oil are so concentrated, they can absorb into the skin much faster than a typical moisturizer. As a result, you don't have to worry about pesky blemishes or a greasy complexion. 

Before going to bed, apply the customizing Elemis Maximum Replenish Night Cream, which uses technology to target and adapt to your unique needs while facilitating cell turnover. Argan oil is at the base for ultimate hydration, while other exotic oils enhance the formula's nourishing potential while you sleep. You'll wake up to a rejuvenated and re-energized complexion.

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