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 THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SKINCARE OILS; CARRIER AND ESSENTIAL

Carrier Oils are base oils used to dilute essential oils. They help essential oils penetrate the hair and skin, they basically carry the essential oil into the skin and hair.

Each carrier oil offers a different combination of therapeutic properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic property sought.


They are suitable for use on their own. Many creams, lip balms, lotions, and other moisturizing products are made using these oils.


*Note: Carrier oils can go rancid after a long period. Store in a cool, dark place. Any carrier oil derived from nuts has the potential to cause allergic reactions in people allergic to that particular nut.



Jojoba Oil

(Pronounced ho-ho-ba)                                           

Source:
the liquid wax produced in the seed of the jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) plant

Properties:
similar to sebum; hypoallergenic; very stable; non-toxic; non-comedogenic; antioxidant; anti-bacterial.
 
Benefits:
acne treatment; scalp cleansing; healing of scars; treats sunburn; relieves dry, itchy, flaky scalp; prevents heat damage; regulates oil production; restores elasticity and smoothness; promotes new cell growth; controls frizz.
Uses:
moisturizer; make-up remover; lip balm; hair conditioner; massage oil; shaving prep; cuticle oil; deep conditioner


Avocado

                                              

Source: Fleshy pulp of the Avocado fruit (Persea Americana)

Properties: deep penetrating (easily absorbed); non greasy; rich in Vitamins A, B6, D and E, lecithin and potassium; contains proteins and unsaturated fatty acids; suitable for all skin types

Benefits: Regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells; Reduction of age spots, healing of scars and sun damage; Moisturizing and nourishing; increases collagen in the skin; soothes irritations such as eczema and psoriasis; it is usually found in anti wrinkle creams; treats hair fall, thinning and dandruff; conditioning.

Uses: It can be applied topically to the skin or hair; as a hot oil treatment; as a bath oil .Best: combined with Almond oil; Olive oil


Aloe Vera Oil

Source: the Aloe plant

Properties: rich in an array of minerals (sodium, magnesium, zinc, etc.), vitamins (A, B and C), amino acids, natural sugars, anti-inflammatory agents and enzymes.

Benefits: softens and smoothes skin; fabulous moisturizer; reduces and prevents acne; regulates the pH balance of the skin; heals sunburn; reduces the appearance of scars; prevents and reverses hair loss; treats dandruff; fights wrinkles; removes blemishes; prevents sagging; strengthens hair; evens skin complexion; promotes healthy, shiny hair; anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral; conditions hair.
  
Uses: bath oil; moisturizer; massage oil; aromatherapy; lip balm; deep conditioner; hot oil


Castor Oil

Source: seed (the castor bean) of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis)

Properties: penetrates easily; made up of hydroxylated fatty acids; viscous

Benefits: cures acne; smooth, youthful, unlined skin; removes scars; thickens eyelashes and eyebrows; prevents hair loss; regenerates hair; softens calluses; removes corns; prevents stretch marks; removes age spots; conditions and moisturizes; rich in antioxidants; anti-inflammatory; thickens thinning edges; anti-fungal.

Uses: topically; deep conditioner for hair and scalp; hot oil. Best combined with: lighter oils.


Coconut Oil


Source:
the kernel of a mature coconut harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).

Properties: heat stable; high in saturated fats; rich in Vitamins E and K, as well as iron; antioxidant; very easily absorbed; solid at room temperature.

Benefits: moisturizer; reduces protein loss in hair; aids hair growth; provides a healthy sheen; re-growth of damaged hair; dandruff relief; conditions; prevents dryness and flaking; delays wrinkles and sagging; sun protection; anti-aging; strengthens hair.

Uses: moisturizer; skin lotion; massage oil; conditioner; hot oil; pre-shampoo treatment; deep conditioning; sealing

Grape Seed Oil

Source: seeds of Vitis vinifera grapes

Properties:
light, thin; contains linoleic acid; antioxidant; rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins

Benefits:
anti-aging; clears up acne; anti-inflammatory; prevents clogged pores and breakouts; moisturizing; promotes smooth skin; aids in the production of collagen; anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral; strengthens and fortifies skin; tones skin; prevents dandruff, hair loss, breakage and split ends; promotes hair growth; excellent for oily hair

Uses:
sealant; heat protectant; hot oil; massage; cuticle cream


Olive Oil

Source: Olive tree (Olea europaea)

Properties: rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K; great source of oleic acid; humectant

Benefits: moisturizer; regeneration of skin cells, softening of tissue; conditions; controls dandruff; repairs damaged hair cuticles; maintains elasticity; strengthens nails; prevents frizz; prevents stretch marks; adds shine

Uses:
moisturizer; exfoliator (with sea salt); cuticle oil; eye make-up remover; deep conditioner for hair; massage oil; face mask



Sunflower Oil

Source: Sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus)
 
Properties:
rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids; light texture; good source of omega-6; contains more Vitamin E than any other oil

Benefits:
moisturizer; combats dry and aging skin; easily absorbed; shields hair and skin from damaging effects of the sun; prevents and relieves acne and other skin irritations; provides a natural barrier from bacteria; prevents scarring

Uses:
bath oil; moisturizer; hot oil; deep conditioner; skin and scalp cleanser; pre-shampoo treatment


Sweet Almond Oil

Source: dried kernel of sweet almonds (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis)

Properties:
rich source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D and E; minerals such as magnesium and calcium; easily absorbed

Benefits:
prevents hair loss; improves complexion and retains glow; moisturizes; soothes skin irritation and inflammation; lightens dark circles; softens and smooths skin; smooths hair cuticles; moisturizes; prevents premature aging; exfoliates dead skin cells; stimulates new cell growth; improves hair luster and softness; controls shedding; thickens hair; effective treatment for eczema; provides shine and strengthens hair; relieves skin irritations, rashes and burns; prevents stretch marks
Uses:
scalp massage; aromatherapy; lip balm; hot oil treatment; deep conditioner; sealant


Essential Oil

This is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Oils such as Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint etc are essential oils and they can be referred to as active ingredients as they are so potent. A little goes a very long way. Few drops of an oil in your carrier oil is all you need. They can also be added to your shampoo and conditioner.
 

*Note: Keep oils tightly closed and out of reach of children. Never ingest undiluted essential oils. Don't use undiluted oils on your skin. Dilute essential oils with carrier oils, one to three drops per tablespoon. Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes. Skin test oils before using. Dilute a small amount and apply to the skin of your inner arm or back of knee. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs. If redness, burning, itching or irritation occur, stop using oil immediately. Use less rather than more. 

Remain beautiful,






 

9 comments:

  1. Please what oil can I add to sheabutter for an even toned,smooth and acne free skin?

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  2. Coconut oil mixed with Shea butter will do wonders for your body (remember to use it on damp skin). For your face use just grapeseed oil. Its great for oily/acne prone skin.

    Remain beautiful.

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    1. Oh cool. Thanks for that. I'll try it.

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  3. Hi onome..am new here and have gone through every thing you posted and I rili luv ur blog.
    I need u to advice me, I just got a mamado swiss soft n white papaya soap, serum and lotion. I like the fact dat its natural buh I dnt knw if its gonna tone me becoz I want to have an even tonned skin. I have bin using it for 3days now and I think I need to use it with an oil buh I dnt knw the oil to buy and am also scared that the oil might not let the cream work. So what do you think? I just want to have an even tonned n glowing skin and dis weather is the perfect weather coz its winter already. Thanks

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  4. good day onome..
    good to be in the group.
    please help me with natural ingredients to make my home made butter/lotion to naturally lighten up my dark spots and stretch marks

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  5. Hello onome,what can I use to eradicate thread vein caused by bleaching cream and my skin look so thin, what can I use to get my skin moisture bak

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    1. You can use Retin-A cream or peptide cream like Olay Pro X or Regenerist.

      Also coconut oil or almond oil is good.

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  6. Tanks for replying @ Onome,keep up d gud work,luv uu

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  7. Hello onome,pls what can I use to get rid of strech marks.

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