Love Your Skin, Naturally | Darling Magazine

We all want it: pretty, youthful, glowing skin! While nobody’s skin is perfect, the good news is that we don’t always have to pay a fortune on fancy creams to nourish your skin to radiant health.

Base oils serve to nourish our skin with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids—all of which effectively hydrate and restore dermal elasticity. Applying higher quality oils, such as cold-pressed and organic oils, is the best choice for your skin. Luckily, many of the oils found in our kitchen pantries offer therapeutic properties to keep our skin happy—naturally. Olive oil and avocado oil are commonly known for their rich moisturizing properties when used topically for skin care. This secret dates back to the days of the Ancient Egyptians. And along with these, there are many other beneficial oils that provide us with natural beauty boosters.

So, if cooking oils are not simply for cooking, then let’s look at the benefits of several other culinary oils, to explore their many remedies for our skin.

COCONUT OIL is easily absorbed by the skin, acting as a wonderful non-greasy moisturizer for dry or flaky skin. It even has natural SPF protection! Coconut oil is used to help with skin problems like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. It can be used as a face wash, instead of soap: rub gently over face and rinse with warm water and a cloth.

HAZELNUT OIL works well to stimulate the circulatory system. It also has astringent properties, and thus acts as a good moisturizer for those with oily skin. The value of this oil includes brightening skin tone and minimizing pores. Hazelnut oil works as a facial astringent, proving to be of particular value to those with acne prone skin.

GRAPESEED OIL offers our skin high antioxidants, protecting the youthfulness of our skin. This oil richly moisturizes the skin and is ideal for damaged skin, stretch marks, varicose and spider veins. Another benefit of this oil is that it soaks easily into the skin and won’t easily clog pores.

JOJOBA OIL is widely used in anti-aging skincare because of its excellent moisturizing effect. This oil is antibacterial, and thus recommended for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory skin problems. This oil makes an excellent nightly facial moisturizer.

SAFFLOWER OIL is suitable for all types of skin and contains moisturizing benefits which smooth the skin to improve it’s texture. Because this oil doesn’t clog the pores, you can try cold pressed, organic safflower oil to treat acne. This oil also proves to be a great remedy for those with dry skin.

SOYBEAN OIL is also excellent for acne. Soybean oil is right in vitamin E, making it an excellent antioxidant. This oil can be applied directly to your skin—just add a few dabs of oil and massage onto your face. It’s quickly taken in by the skin and will leave your face feeling silky.

SUNFLOWER OIL is an ideal choice for sensitive skin. This calming oil reduces skin blotchiness and improves overall skin tone. It also feels lightweight, and works to moisturize and regenerate the skin. Applying sunflower oil directly on acne prone skin helps to prevent bacteria from invading pores.

WALNUT OIL is a soothing moisturizer which is easily absorbed to feed and hydrate skin. It aids in fighting wrinkles and reducing fine lines. This oil also contains anti-fungal properties. People with sensitive skin may develop an allergic reaction to this oil; so apply with caution.

SWEET ALMOND OIL is suitable for all skin types. This oil can be effectively used as a facial cleanser: take a few drops and gently rub onto your face in a circular motion. Leave for 2-3 minutes and then use a warm to rinse face. A few drops of this oil can also be used to treat dark circles under your eyes.

NOTE: Kelly is not a licensed aesthetician—just a girl who knows a thing or two about natural beauty and cares to share!

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  2. Great list! All of these oils are wonderful. I use organic Coconut and Olive oil the most to both cook with and for DIY beauty. Pumpkin Seed Oil is also a good one.

  3. Sweet almond oil is the greatest! I use it for everything. I use it to clean my face and I use it as a nightly moisturizer. I use it instead of chapstick and I use it to get left-behind wax off after de-fuzzing my legs. I could NOT find an intense enough facial moisturizer until I started using straight oil, and my face feels (and looks) a million times better for it. I want to try jojoba when my almond oil bottle is empty – I hear it’s lighter, which will be good in the summer.

  4. Coconut oil is amazing. I make a homemade body scrub with coconut oil and sugar, it’s great for the shower!

    1 cup Sugar (or table salt)
    1 cup Coconut Oil (liquified)

    Just stir the two together, and viola! An inexpensive (and yummy-smelling) exfoliant!

    (FYI, Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil is the most fragrant 🙂 )

  5. Sarah, you can find olive oil and coconut oil at drugstores, just to name 2, specifically intended for topical application. Ask your pharmacist what is available to you – some pharmacies will have lots of choices!

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