Here is a list of the top 6 out of several oils that are available in the market – mostly for human consumption but I have a belief that anything that can be eaten is also suitable for use on the skin and hair. Like seriously, it has to be safe to be edible, right? However we all know that one size doesn’t fit all which means what suits me, might not be for someone else.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil ranks as one of the top holy grail of beauty. Several celebrities like Angelina Jolie swear by it. Extra virgin coconut oil is a white solid but it turns colorless when it melts. A geeky fact about coconut oil is that it contains a high amount of saturated fatty acids (~95%) especially the beloved medium length fatty acids. It also has vitamin E (antioxidant), vitamin K and Iron. Out of all the acclaim beneficial properties of this oil, the ones that are endearing to me include:
• Hair conditioner: For reasons best known to my hair, this oil isn’t suitable to be on my scalp for long – it itches and flakes so I just use it when I am about to wash my hair because it makes my kinks pop.
• Body moisturizer: suitable for use on skin especially in winter, by the super-dry skin crews like me before I follow-up with body lotion/cream to keep moisture to my skin without that greasy feeling. Also good as lips moisturizer.
• Makeup remover: coconut oil plus a cotton pad does the fast trick to take makeup (i.e. eye shadow, eyeliner and so on) off the face on route to bed.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil also called liquid gold has always been my obsession. It contains a high amount of triacylglycerols (i.e. Oleic and linoleic acid) but only few are free fatty acids. Extra virgin olive oil has a color of light gold to green depending on the ripeness and the color of the olives.
It also has vitamin E, vitamin K, polyphenols e.t.c. It is a staple in the kitchen which also has beauty uses like
• Hair hot oil treatment: using olive oil as hot oil treatment to condition hair helps to reduce dandruff and dry scalp. But using too much of it leaves the scalp and hair greasy even after shampooing.
• Feet treatment: application of olive oil plus honey and lemon helps to moisturize and smoothen rough, dry and cracked feet.
• Intense moisturizer for dry skin: suitable for moisturizing the body including the face without clogging the pores or causing pimples.
• DIY: essential as an additive for homemade products for the skin like body scrub, masks, castile soap, makeup remover e.t.c.
• Intake of olive oil also have health benefits like aid digestion, vitamin supplement, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol level e.t.c. probably why I love it in my salad if I don’t have mayonnaise.
3. Canola oil
Canola oil is known as a friend of the heart because it contains good fats (Alpha-linolenic; omega-3 and linoleic acid; omega-6) and vitamin E. Canola oil has a light yellow color.
• It is suitable for moisturizing the skin when mixed with other oils. A little, goes a long way.
• Healthy oil for cooking, baking and frying food due to low amount of saturated fats in it. Lower risks of heart disease and regulate blood glucose.
• Also wonder as a hair conditioner because it improves the hair shine, texture and volume. It treats dandruff when mixed with essential oil like tea tree oil.
The other 3 oils will be in the next blog update. Can you guess which will be included? Do leave comments. Cheers