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Top Oils for Skin Care

Top Oils for Skin Care

Contrary to their current bad rep, oils have a well deserved place in skin care.  Properly used oils can heal, protect and nourish your skin – without making it oily!  The trick is choosing the right oil for your skin and using it in moderation.  Below are my favorite oils that I regularly use alone and in skin care recipes:

  • Coconut Oil – if you love the smell of coconut, this is the oil for you.  It smells and tastes amazing (yes it’s also edible).  This oil can be used on the face and body and is particularly good for dry skin.  A unique property of coconut oil is that it’s solid at temperatures below 76F.  I stick to organic, unrefined coconut oil because the refining process adds nasty chemicals and removes the delicious coconut smell.
  • Jojoba Oil – this is a midweight oil that is chemically similar to our skin’s natural oil.  People love it because it penetrates the skin very well and can be kept for a long time without going rancid.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this mid to heavy weight oil is my personal favorite, but its not for everyone.  It’s full of nutrients, easy to find and is an excellent moisturizer, especially for dry skin.  I use it on my face and body in the cold months and whenever my skin is dry.  It did a great job keeping my skin smooth and supple when I was pregnant with my son.  However, it’s too heavy during hot months or if you have oily skin.
  • Soybean Oil – this lightweight oil has a silky texture that people love.  It penetrates the skin well and is one of the best oils to use on the face (it works well on the body too).  This is another oil that is best to buy organic because the normal extraction process reduces its nutrient content and leaves a lot of unwanted chemical residue.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – this is a light to midweight oil that is nearly odorless and penetrates the skin well.  Sweet Almond Oil can be used on all skin types.  I used this mild oil when my son was an infant instead of baby oil or moisturizers with unpronounceable ingredients in them.

Photo Credit: Sometimes We All Get Lucky…., a photo by GollyGforce on Flickr.

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