I have been fascinated by essential oils since the first time I visited Egypt. I am sure that anybody who went to this fabulous country had at least one encounter with the oil fragrances produced and sold by Egyptians basically everywhere. It is said that Cleopatra’s secret of manipulating and fascinating men was hidden in the luscious properties of a large array of oils. I remember I bought about 10 bottles of their essential oils that I love to this day. I will write about them in another post.
Many people are still very defendant at the idea of splurging some oil on their face. A couple of years ago, my reaction was the same. I could not even think about putting oil on my face even though I have witnessed my grandmother using olive oil for her skin many, many times. I would also read all the labels to make sure the product was oil free. Well, that certainly changed since I joined the Korean buzz. I started with oil cleansers and never looked back. I can write a book about how pleased I am with the oil cleansers. They surely do NOT clog your pores but contrary, leaving them sparkling clean. Oil fights oil and the best way to dissolve dirt and excessive sebum is through another specially formulated oil. I use Skin Food Brown Sugar, but I tried almost any type of Korean Oil Cleansers out there. AMAZING!
The next oil I love to use is the Rose Hip oil. Oh, I don’t even know where to start. This oil is just a wonder. Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, this oil is a great moisturizer, antioxidant (it’s loaded in Vitamin C), reducing wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, acne scars, improving skin tone and texture. I use this oil mostly in the evening before I go to sleep. Just a drop will suffice for the entire face. I apply it especially under the eye area. In the morning, my skin looks visibly improved, very bright, clean, and moisturized. I don’t use it every single day, because I have a problem with its smell. I don’t like it, but for all the great benefits this oil offers, I surely can deal with the smell. It may be pleasant for other people, but for some reason I dislike it. Miranda Kerr also swears by this rose hip oil. In fact, she included this oil into her Beauty Company Kora Organics. I never tried her version, but I use the pure rose hip oil from pharmacy.
Another oil that I like to indulge in is the Argan Oil. Argan Oil is known to be good just for everything from hair, skin care, to food. It originates in Marroco and in the last years has been widely used in the cosmetic industry. It is super rich in Vitamin E, essential for our skin, fatty acids and proteins. It helps restore elasticity and skin tone. From all the oils I find the Argan Oil to be the lightest for the skin. It absorbs very quickly leaving my skin silk like. Literally. Honestly. I use Mizon Wrapping Argan Oil and I apply it about 2-3 times a week in the evening.
The 4th oil that is an absolute must in my home is, of course, the Castor oil. This one is literally loaded with vitamin E, proteins, minerals, and has anti-bacterial properties. This oil should be in everybody’s house just because it is so great for any kind of ailments one might have. I use it on my face especially around the eyes and laugh lines. The oil is extremely thick and you need a very tiny amount. It fights the crow’s feet, fine lines, wrinkles, etc. leaving my face youthful and healthy. This oil, due to its consistency, I use only once a week, but it can be diluted with a lighter oil like jojoba oil or argan oil.
Last but not least, I certainly cannot talk about oils and not mentioning the almighty Coconut Oil! I just love everything about the coconut oil and cannot live without it. I use it in my food, drinks, hair, body. Regarding the face, I would use it as a makeup remover and also I love to use it on my lips before I go to sleep.
These are the 5 types of oil always present on my bath counter and they are great traditional treatments. I love using these oils especially when traveling or after traveling as the skin looses a lot of moisture and is exposed to different stressors. The oils are very quick in reestablishing my skin to its optimal functioning.
What do you think about the use of oils on the skin? Have you ever tried it? Would love to hear from you!
With much love,