When we were teens, we were told that oil is bad. Today, we can’t get enough of it. From healthy oils (coconut oil anyone?) to hair oils, we are slathering ourselves in it – and so we should (well maybe not slather…)!. There are a lot of benefits to using different oils for your face and body, and if you’ve been put off in the past, hopefully I can persuade you to give it a go.
Hair oils – a miracle worker in disguise
Greasy hair is a nightmare, and I should know. My fine, limp hair is going through a fickle phase where it can’t really go 36 hours before becoming greasy. It sucks and I hate having to wash it all the time but as I’m foregoing dry shampoo for now, I have to live with it. At the moment though, I am on a strict haircare regime as I’m trying to grow it ready for my wedding, and oil is actually helping. Mythic Oil by L’Oreal is a bit of a miracle worker, and keeps my ends looking sleek and fresh. Every other shampoo, I’ll use this in lieu of conditioner and will apply a tad more once I’ve finished styling to add a bit of shine – something my hair is lacking with no heat styling! Avoid putting it on your roots and just apply to the ends. The bottle lasts ages too so it’s a good value-for-money purchase.
Baby oil – your cheap and effective makeup remover
Step away from the makeup wipes! I’ve lost many an eyelash through dragging a makeup wipe repeatedly over my eyes to get rid of the last traces of the day’s black gunk and I’m always left with awful red eyes afterwards. Baby oil however makes an effective, gentle and super cheap eye makeup remover which will be your best friend to get rid of mascara when you need it. Stick some on a cotton pad and wipe with ease – just remember to rinse off carefully afterwards (which you should be doing anyway as part of your skincare routine).
Face oil – the kind that won’t make you spotty
It’s perfectly normal of course to be scared of putting oil on your face, but essential oils (rather than the stuff that seeps out of your pores) can actually be good for you, helping to keep your skin hydrated and help your skin to stay smooth for makeup application. I love the MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils, they smell amazing and leave my skin feeling beautiful, and not ‘oily’ in the slightest. I tend to apply it onto a mixing plate with my BB cream and powder and apply all over, and you’ll see the odd makeup tutorial featuring people dropping mysterious drops on their face – that’s usually what it’ll be!
Coconut oil – the multi-purpose healthy oil
Coconut oil is everywhere – in your haircare, on your plate and in your skincare. I use it mainly for cooking but I also use it as a hair treatment and hand moisturiser every now and then! For hair, I’ll melt it in the microwave and apply for about half an hour before rinsing it off in the bathroom sink (DON’T do it in the bath, it’ll still be on the sides days later…) and it gives my hair some extra strength and shine. Meanwhile, you can take a little in your hands and moisturise them with it, it smells great so it’s perfect post-chopping and getting rid of the garlic smell.
The body oil – supermodel legs in a bottle
I have always applied oil to my body – my friends laugh when I pull out the baby oil on holiday before hitting the clubs, but I love my legs to look super smooth. You’ll find no better for sunkissed, shiny, filmstar legs than The Body Shop Honey Bronze Oil, it smells INCREDIBLE, rubs in easy and leaves your skin looking fabulous. Don’t be put off by the expensive price tag, The Body Shop often runs 40% off deals so you can get it at a much better price. Also, be sure to let it fully dry before you dress, I cannot get it off one of my white dresses almost a year later!
So there you have it, oils are great. Rather than avoiding it like the plague, check out all of the wonderful new oils that are out there and reap their benefits. Do you have any favourite oils you like to use or any others you think I should try?