Beauty Benefits of Oils

Our devout 5 readers have posed the question – can you give us a round up of the benefits of beauty oils? We’ve chosen to plumb some of our thoughts on why we employ a deft hand when it comes to gourmand oils and their quirky combination of fragrance and nutrient-rich oils. Contrary to popular belief, oils will not necessarily leave your skin oily/greasy/slimy/sticky/icky. Using decadent body oils is a way to moisturize without using preservatives and synthetic chemicals. Beauty oils also help form a balanced, protective barrier locking in precious moisture that may seep through parched skin.

On Skin
  • Oils can be used to soften and moisturize skin. Some proponents argue body oils can act as after-sun care and prolong a tan, though we’re sunshine shy.
  • Oils can help prevent or cure many skin diseases and conditions. Acne-prone, blemished and aging skin can all be helped with appropriate body oils. Eczema (a chronic, itchy rash that is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system response) and can appear on any part of the body, though it is commonly seen on the forehead, cheeks, legs, forearms, neck and scalp in infants. Though there are no cures for the condition, keeping the skin moisturized with gentle oils directly after bathing (when the pores are open) is recommended.
  • Oils can soother sunburn and other skin irritations.
  • Oils are the perfect way to improve elasticity and resiliency all over body early in pregnancy and throughout the nine month stretch.
  • Oils are multi-functional, thus can be massaged onto nails, cuticles, feet, elbows, or any dry patches.
On Hair
  • Oils soften brittle hair, condition the scalp, and prevent unsightly split ends.
On Mood
  • Oils can provide psychological benefits through their complex chemical compositions and addictive aromas. When the aroma is inhaled and the body oil is applied to the skin, the benefits go beyond the physical--it can alter a person's mood. Examples include: rosemary oil for alertness; jasmine oil for confidence; lavender oil for restfulness.
  • Oils can elevate moods with used as fragrances. Fragrance oils are obtained through highly labor-intensive processes which extract the vital essence of aromatic plants from the flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant, as well as the bark, leaves, roots, resins or wood of certain trees. Synthetic fragrances are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reports that 95% of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and synthesizers capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
Strong, captive, exhilarating are what qualities to seek out in your favourite body oil.