It's not just the health industry spruiking the benefits of good-quality oils these days -- beauty companies are eagerly jumping on the bandwagon too.
But why are they so good? According to Danielle Williams, Australian global education manager for Jurlique, oils penetrate more deeply into the skin to deliver essential fatty acids that support the healthy formation of your skin’s natural barrier. Simultaneously, they carry the richness of the vitamins, essential oils and the properties of each herb with them into these deep layers of the skin.
Here, we discover some clever ways to make the most out of your liquid gold.
Beauty Oil Benefit No. 1: Gives regular products a moisture boost.
If the change of season is making your complexion a little dryer than usual, add a few drops of your favourite oil into your regular face cream for added hydration. Alternatively, you can press the oil into affected areas first before dabbing your regular cream-based formula over the top.
Beauty Oil Benefit No. 2: Calms your nervous system.
There's a reason your masseuse uses aromatherapy oil to relax those muscles: It helps lubricate the area and calm the nervous system. Treat yourself to a body or face massage by gently rubbing a few drops into your area of choice until all the oil has disappeared.
Beauty Oil Benefit No. 3: Enhances your natural glow.
That elusive healthy glow adorning the cheeks of Miranda Kerr and other international beauties isn't impossible to recreate. Get your glow on by pressing a few drops of facial oil under your makeup for a quick morning pick-me-up. “When used long term, oils support the formation of a more balanced, resilient skin that glows with good health and has improved epidermal moisture retention capabilities,” explains Williams.
Beauty Oil Benefit No. 4: Smoothes dry limbs.
Rough, dry skin commonly found around the elbows and knees, as well as on your legs and arms, is quickly fixed with a dash of dry body oil. Apply it under your favourite body butter or salve for added smoothing benefits.
Beauty Oil Benefit No. 5: Banishes flakes and scalp irritation.
Hormones, weather and stress can all affect the health of your scalp, leaving it irritated and red. If yours is on the scaly side, massage some jojoba or coconut oil into your scalp and leave it on overnight. The oil hydrates, nourishes and penetrates your scalp, leaving it smooth and scale-free.