What’s in your kitchen cabinet, full of healthy fats and nutrients, and amazing for your...skin? That’s right, the stuff you drizzle on your vegetables has a secret talent entirely unrelated to your cooking endeavors. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to incorporate cooking oils into your skin care routine. But before you conclude we’ve lost our minds, allow us to explain how this unlikely household item can actually make your face and body glow with hydration and vibrance.
The first step to harnessing the powers of natural oils for your skin is understanding which ones to use, their benefits, and how to decide which type of oil is best suited for you. Some of the more common cooking oils that have a multitude of skin benefits are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, and grapeseed oil. It is important to use these oils as opposed to some others because they contain the right kinds of fats that will nourish your skin and are less refined. However, your skin type is also an important factor in making an ideal selection.
OILY OR ACNE PRONE SKIN
If your skin is oily or acne prone, opt for grapeseed oil. It is light in consistency, packed with vitamins E and C, and great at balancing your skin’s oil production. Just pat it directly onto your face and let it work its magic for clear, glowing skin.
NORMAL OR COMBINATION SKIN
If you have normal or combination skin, coconut oil or olive oil may be a good option for you. Olive oil has antioxidants that help to heal and protect the skin, and coconut oil has lauric acid, which is easily absorbed and put to use by the body because it occurs naturally in human breast milk. They both work exceptionally well as moisturizers, but since coconut oil is antimicrobial, it can be used to cleanse the face or even remove makeup! These oils are also the most versatile and effective for moisturizing your whole body, although any of these oils could work great for full body use depending on your skin’s needs.
If you suffer from dry skin, avocado oil is a perfect fix because it is highly moisturizing and boosts collagen production. It works great as a spot treatment for dry patches, to hydrate the skin under your eyes, or even just as an all over moisturizer on days your skin is feeling especially parched.
Finally, for aging skin, try macadamia oil! It’s uniquely high fatty acid content helps with cellular regeneration. Therefore, you can feel free to ditch the expensive anti-aging serums and instead enjoy the benefits of this affordable, all-natural option.
So there you have it, 52ers. Who would have thought these kitchen staple items could actually give your complexion such a boost! Take this week to experience the benefits of cooking oils and all they can do for your skincare routine. And remember every time you complete a #bebetter52 challenge, money is donated to Every Mother Counts.
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