3 Multipurpose Oils – And 12 Ways To Use Them
26 February 2017
Wouldn’t it be great to simplify your skin care routine? Here are several natural multipurpose oils and the best ways to use them. You can cut down on the number of products you use while getting rid of those mysterious chemicals that leave you wondering what’s safe.
When it comes to thinking of a good multipurpose oil, most people would probably think of coconut oil first. It is the king of multipurpose oils these days and has many uses, but it isn’t always the best choice for everyone. For instance, people who are prone to acne may find it clogs their pores, while others may feel it absorbs too slowly into the skin, leaving an oily feel.
If you are interested in trying something different, here are a few of my favorite multi-taskers.
Olive Oil has been a part of skin care since ancient times. Choose virgin or extra virgin to retain the most vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Olive oil can protect skin from free radicals and environmental damage. It will moisturize, reduce inflammation, and is antibacterial.
One of the compounds in Olive oil is squalene. We are all born with a certain amount in our bodies, but by our mid 20’s to 30’s these levels begin to decline rapidly. Applying squalene will help rejuvenate your skin.
Argan Oil comes from the Argan Forest in Morocco. This oil has been used by local women for generations to heal wounds and nourish both skin and hair. Goats will actually climb trees over branches covered in thorns just to reach the nutritious fruit! The trees are so unique; UNESCO has declared the forest a Biosphere Reserve.
Argan oil’s healing qualities come from its high levels of antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. It is antibacterial, and research shows that when applied to skin, it eases inflammation and helps to boost cell turn over.
Jojoba oil is more of a liquid wax than an oil. It is a close match to our skin’s own layer of sebum.
This oil is packed with good stuff. It contains fatty acids, vitamins E and B complex, as well as copper, selenium, zinc, and chromium. All things necessary for healthy skin and hair. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and has high levels of iodine, which makes jojoba oil very healing.
Jojoba oil moisturizes dry, chapped skin, minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves your skin soft and supple. It balances oily skin, and will not aggravate acne or clog up pores. It is light and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving behind any greasy residue.
Incorporating these oils into your routine is a good way to simplify your life. They can replace a number of the products you may now be using. While each oil has it’s own unique qualities, here is a list of uses they have in common.
- Moisturize and soften: To soften skin, apply immediately after a shower or after washing your face. The oils will absorb faster and more deeply while your skin is still slightly damp and warm.
- Wrinkles and anti-aging: Will smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stimulate the renewal of skin cells. Will also improve the elasticity of skin.
- Makeup remover: These 3 oils will remove makeup gently and completely. Even mascara will dissolve easily. Apply to a cotton pad and wipe gently over face and eyes until clean, or apply oil directly to face and wipe away with a clean cotton pad or damp washcloth.
- Cuticles and nails: Your hands will love these oils. Use on clean, polish free hands. A small amount will keep hands soft, cuticles conditioned and your nails strong. Apply to clean hands and wash off before applying nail polish.
- Elbows and heels: Anywhere you have rough dry skin will benefit from these oils. Apply regularly to elbows, heels, knees, and anywhere else that needs attention, for softer, smoother skin.
- Oily skin and Acne: Each of these oils can be used on oily skin and will help balance both the pH and natural oil levels of your skin. Their antibacterial properties can help prevent acne. You may want to apply only once a day if your skin is very oily, and the best time to do that is just before bed. This will give the oil plenty of time to soak in, heal, and moisturize your skin.
- Hair: There are several good ways to moisturize your hair. Use as a pre-wash conditioner by applying to hair just before showering. Apply a teaspoon at a time until lightly coated, paying special attention to the ends. Leave in 10 to 15 minutes and wash out. If you need something more intensive, apply once a week in the same way, cover with a shower cap, and leave in overnight.
You can use as a leave-in conditioner as well. This will make hair more manageable, add shine, and control frizz. Either rub a drop or 2 between hands and apply to hair or add 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil to a spray bottle and fill the balance with water. Shake the bottle well, and spray hair lightly.
- Scalp and dandruff: Apply a few drops to fingertips and massage into scalp. This will help control dandruff and promotes healthier hair growth.
- Bath oil: Pour some oil into bath water to leave skin soft and smooth. How much you use is up to you, but ¼ cup is a good place to start.
- Lips: 1 or 2 drops applied to lips will keep them feeling soft. For an exfoliating treatment, mix a ½ teaspoon of oil with enough sugar to create a scrub. Rub into lips, and wipe away with a damp washcloth.
- Eczema: Eczema describes a variety of conditions, depending on its severity. Generally, it refers to skin that is irritated, inflamed, and often itchy. The moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties of these 3 oils will go a long way towards easing these symptoms. Apply to affected areas as needed.
- Exfoliating: Exfoliating is an important part of skin care. It will increase circulation and helps to remove toxins from the skin. Newer skin cells will be uncovered, leaving you with a healthy glow.
You can use many things as an exfoliant. Ground oats are gentle and good for the face. Sugar is good but may be better suited for the body. You can adjust the coarseness of your scrub by using a more finely ground sugar or even brown sugar for something gentler. For a coarser scrub, salt works well. There are other good exfoliants worth exploring as well, like coffee grounds or powdered herbs.
To make a scrub, mix equal parts oil with your chosen exfoliant and massage gently into skin. Rinse with warm water.
A couple of last thoughts:
If you aren’t ready to replace the products you use now, you can add a few drops of oil to your favorite conditioner, lotion, or face cream. This will give a boost to the products you already have.
Perhaps most important when choosing an oil: always buy the best quality you can afford. Organic oils will protect you from pesticide residues. Choosing cold pressed and unrefined oils will help insure the highest level of nutrients and vitamins.
Here’s to happy skin!