What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oilsThrough history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance.

Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace.

Avocado oil (Persea americana)

avocado oil for skinThis oil is perfect for skin around eyes because of its smoothing and firming properties. The gorgeous emerald green oil is packed with nutrients that have restorative properties including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E and sterolin that helps reduce wrinkles and age spots. Avocado oil is obtained by cold-pressing of the fruit pulp of avocado.

Suggestions for use:

  • Rub avocado oil into slightly damp skin for best results.
  • Add a few drops of avocado oil to any shampoo to enhance its moisturizing properties.
  • Avocado oil will last 9-12 months when refrigerated and around 6-9 months in your pantry.

Macadamia oil (Macadamia integrifolia)

macadamia oil for skinMacadamia oil smooths and hydrates the skin, leaving the skin soft, with a silky glow. The oil has the composition similar to natural sebum and is rich in essential fatty acids that make this oil incredibly nutritious. Due to the low fat content, the oil is very suitable for massage and as a base for mixing with essential oils. Macadamia oil is extracted from the nuts of a large tropical tree that originates in Australia. Extra virgin macadamia oil is obtained by cold-pressing macadamia nuts.

Suggestions for use:

  • Massage into skin for the joyful, rejuvenating experience.
  • An opened bottle of macadamia oil will last for two years in a pantry, or two to three years when refrigerated.

Carrot oil (Daucus carota)

carrot oil for skinCarrot oil softens and revitalizes the skin. It’s celebrated for its after sun care, because it intensifies the tan and gives the skin a beautiful, natural golden hue. It’s rich with pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), that gives it the characteristic orange color. This oil is obtained by the infusion of carrots in a virgin, cold-pressed sunflower or olive oil.

Suggestions for use:

  • Mix carrot oil with your favorite sunscreen to enhance tanning, decrease skin damage and reduce harmful effects of ultra-violet radiation.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of carrot oil with 1 tablespoon of oatmeal for a restorative facial mask. Apply the mixture on face and remove after 20 minutes.

Argan oil (Argania spinosa)

Argan oil for skinArgan oil is especially valuable for dry, aging and sensitive skin. The argan tree grows on the Moroccan coast and is considered a beauty secret of local women. The oil is produced by crushing and cold-pressing argan kernels. The kernels that have beneficial purposes for the skin aren’t roasted (roasted kernels produce oil that good for cooking). The oil has a slightly nutty and definitely catchy flavor.

Suggestions for use:

  • Massage into face and body or mix with your favorite lotion for extra moisture.
  • Support great women that work hard to supply this highly prized oil by choosing organic and fair-trade argan oil.

Nigella oil (Nigella sativa)

nigella oil for skinNigella (black seed) oil is great for the oilier skin types and, in general, for skin that’s problematic and mixed. Nigella oil works its magic by cleansing, invigorating and toning the skin. The seeds and the oil have been known and prized since the time of Pharaohs. To produce the oil, the tiny black seed of Nigella is cold-pressed.

Suggestions for use:

  • Massage into face, scalp and body. For best results massage into skin that is slightly dampened.
  • Use it as a spot treatment for any problematic areas, such as acne.

Calendula oil (Calendula officinalis)

calendula oil for skinCalendula oil is probably one of the most helpful and time-honored treatments for skin that’s rough, irritated, sensitive and chapped. Packed with anti-oxidants, calendula will promptly heal, hydrate and repair the skin that is burned, so it’s an excellent ally for after sun care. Macerating the calendula flowers in organic soy, olive or sunflower oil produces quality calendula oil.

Suggestion for use:

  • Use calendula oil in place of prescription creams to treat your baby’s diaper rash.

Borage oil (Borago officinalis)

borage oil for skinBorage oil or the “oil of youth” will nourish sensitive, damaged, and tired skin. The oil will restore skin elasticity and softness, act (on your behalf) against wrinkles, provide a feeling of comfort when nursing and support those with eczema. Borage oil is rich in GLA or gamma-linolenic that helps boost the skin’s ability to repair itself. The nutrients in borage oil make it a wonderful anti-aging treatment.

Suggestion for use:

  • Simply massage wherever needed.

Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

jojoba oil for skinJojoba oil is intensely repairing and softening. The oil is great for all skin types, but it’s a savior for skin (and hair) that is dry and dehydrated. Jojoba has the ability to lock in moisture, as it is very similar in composition to human sebum—a property unique in the world of plants. Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of a shrub native to Mexico and the southern United States.

Suggestions for use:

  • Mix 1/2 cup jojoba oil with 1 cup sea salt for a glorious head-to-toe exfoliating body scrub.
  • Add to your favorite moisturizer for an extra indulgence.

Lilly oil (Lilium candidum)

lilly oil for skinLily oil is perfect for repairing and softening dry skin on your hands. It’s also well-known to prevent the appearance of dark spots on the skin. The oil is effective thanks to the presence of boric acid in flowers and bulbs of lilies. The quality Lilly oil is produced by infusion of the bulb in organic sunflower oil.

Suggestion for use:

  • At bedtime, massage into your hands, concentrating on the knuckles and cuticles.

Evening Primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)

evening primrose oil for skinEvening primrose oil rejuvenates and revitalizes tired or mature skin, being a precious anti-aging treatment. The oil is known to reduce skin inflammation, promote circulation and support the collagen and elastin structure. The oil is exceptionally rich in GLA or gamma-linolenic acid.

Suggestion for use:

  • Gently massage into face before bedtime for a brighter, fresh-looking skin in the morning.

Apricot kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca)

apricot kernel oil for skin

Known and used for centuries by the Hunzas in Pakistan, apricot kernel oil hydrates and smooths the skin. This fragrant oil is known for being one of the most easily absorbed plant oils and is traditionally used as a satiny base for skincare products. The quality oil is extracted from the cold-pressed dried kernels of apricot.

Suggestions for use:

  • Massage your baby with this gentle, fragrant oil.
  • Rub it all over your body right after shower and before you towel off.

St John Wort oil (Hypericum perforatum)

St John's Wort Oil for SkinSt John’s Wort oil actively soothes, calms and rejuvenates the skin. This oil works wonders for irritated or sensitive skin and in the treatments of sunburn. Due to the natural presence of hypericin, this oil should be applied only after sun exposure. Infusing the Hypericum perforatum flowers in organic olive or sunflower oil makes the quality St John’s Wort oil.

Suggestions for use:

  • Apply abundantly wherever soothing action is needed.
  • Blend with calendula oil to treat bruises.
  • Massage on face to reduce tension and smooth appearance.

Sweet almond oil (Prunus amygdalus)

sweet almond oil for skinSweet almond ail softens and moisturizes dry skin. This oil is very rich in vitamins A and E. It makes a great base for fragrant essential oils and is often used in massage.

Suggestion for use:

  • Mix 1 oz. almond oil, 1 oz avocado oil & 10 drops lavender essential oil. Add this to your bath to create a spa-like experience.

Rosehip oil (Rosa moschata, Rosa rubiginosa)

rosehip oil for skinRosehip oil calms and soothes the skin. It’s best for a very dry skin. This oil is has a reputation for being a “multivitamin” for your skin thanks to anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids. Thanks to lycopene, a red pigment present in tomatoes, this amber-red oil hydrates, revitalizes the skin and brings a healthy glow. The oil is obtained by cold-pressing the rosehip seeds.

Suggestions for use:

  • Apply rosehip oil to face or body and gently rub into the skin.
  • Do not use on acne-prone skin.

Perilla (Perilla frutescens)

perilla oil for skinPerilla oil regenerates, heals and soothes the skin in a non-greasy way. It’s well-known for anti-allergic and antiseptic properties, relieving chronic inflammation and itchiness. Perilla oil is also considered an unparalleled treatment for sensitive and aging skin. It’s exceptionally rich in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). The perilla oil is obtained by cold-pressing the seeds of Perilla frutescens.

Suggestion for use:

  • Simply rub into the skin. For an even better performance, apply to a slightly damp skin.

To protect and extend the life of your beauty oils, store them in an opaque, glass bottle or container which does not allow light to penetrate through. Also, keep them away from any heat source.

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