Why Try Natural Oils?
These alternatives to commercial products condition hair, moisturize skin, fight acne, and strengthen nails. Just take a stroll down the beauty aisle of your local drugstore to see how trendy they are. But do they really work? Experts say there’s a lot confusion over this. Everyone’s skin is different, and it really boils down to trial and error.
Made from the fruit of the marula tree, which is native to South Africa, marula oil is rich and hydrating. It’s full of fatty acids, which dermatologists say soothe dry skin. Plus, it absorbs quickly and won’t leave you shiny or greasy.
Red, inflamed breakouts happen when bacteria gets trapped inside your pores. And according to research, tea tree oil can help zap that bacteria. A study found that it beats a placebo in treating acne and calming inflammation, and a small Australian study found that it was even as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient in over-the-counter zit remedies.
Often referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil is incredibly rich in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that can fight the effects of aging. Dermatologists also say its omega-3 fatty acids can boost collagen growth and plump up your skin. And it doesn’t matter if you have a dry, oily, or normal skin type.
Chamomile and Peppermint
You probably think of it as a calming tea, but the oil from this daisy-like plant can also have a calming effect on your skin. Skin specialists call it an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic, which can cut redness, irritation, and the chance of infection. Peppermint oil is known to have the same soothing properties.
Experts says that dry cracked skin is more prone to infection, irritation, and allergic reactions. Coconut oil protects and moisturizes the scaly, rough patches that go along with common conditions like eczema and xerosis.