Beauty enhancer from kitchen oils

November 12, 2014 4:00 PM

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KITCHEN oils are not only meant for cooking; they’re also part of beauty regimens. Using these oils would not exactly make you smell like grandma, the truth is the cosmetics you bought from the beauty stores also contain these oils.

* Coconut oil. Solid at room temperature, simply scoop out a little tropical-scented coconut oil, warm between your hands, and massage into your body. Rural folks use coconut oil to moisturize their skin and hair. The essential fatty acids in coconut oil, like lauric acid, may repair hair damage and increase shine.

You may also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment, to dab away fly-aways, add shine, sooth dry hands or as an all-natural replacement for shaving cream. Extra virgin coconut oil can also speed up wound healing and has been found to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in dry skin.

* Sesame oil. This is part of the traditional Indian medicinal therapy as a massage oil to warm and detoxify the body. It’s also an excellent healer of dry, cracked skin on elbows and heels.

* Sunflower oil. You can apply it directly as a facial moisturizer, or mix it with your favorite essential oils to create bespoke massage or bath oils.

* Almond oil. Rejuvenating almond oil can be used as a light, all-natural skin moisturizer and hair conditioner. Mix a little with honey and lemon juice to create a softening face mask, purported to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Almond oil can also be used as a shine-boosting deep conditioner: leave in for 20 minutes, wash and rinse.


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