I tend to always have dry skin, and so slathering on lotions and chemicals doesn’t really make sense for me. Instead, I prefer oils. I recently did a post on my new favorite….COCONUT OIL, but there are a few other oils that I love and wanted to share with you as well.
Instead of baby oil, which is just mineral oil, or lotions containing mineral oil, use one of these more natural oils…!
Quoted from Wikipedia: “Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil.”
Um, hello? A by-product of petroleum to produce gasoline? Really? And we put this on our skin and our babies?! What is wrong with us?
There are many great, natural alternatives to Mineral Oil/Baby Oil that I like to use.
These work great as skin moisturizers, eye makeup removers, and even as a hair moisturizer/serum. These are my personal favorites, are easy to find, and cheap.
I also like to make my own mixture of them, using mostly coconut oil, a little jojoba, and a little avocado oil as a skin moisturizer and hair serum.
Coconut oil is available now at most grocery stores, I buy it from Trader Joe’s.
The Jojoba Oil I also buy from Trader Joe’s.
The Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil I found at my local Rite Aid Store, and they are by De La Cruz.
INFO ABOUT THESE OILS:
Sweet Almond Oil:
- A natural treatment for dry and damaged hair
- Relieves skin irritation, rashes and burns
- Treats dry skin by balancing the skin’s moisture level
- It’s a good source of vitamin E and essential minerals like magnesium
- with 100% pure oil and contains no preservatives or artificial color.
- Almond Oil is an excellent natural moisturizer for the skin or hair and can also be used for massage.
- Avocado oil can be used as a hair conditioner
- Avocado Oil is an excellent natural face and body moisturizer
- It can also be used for massage
- It has no artificial colors or fragrances
- 100% pure and contains no preservatives, or artificial colors or fragrances.
- It acts as an effective moisturizer on dry skin
- It helps delay wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age
- It can be used as a conditioner
- Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair.
- Provides all day moisture – jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturizers can.
- It is theorized that jojoba oil is similar to human skin oil so it can “trick” the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production.
- Very stable – jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage.
- Spreads well and absorbs well.
Jojoba oil is my favorite for oil for my face, here are other uses for Jojoba oil:
Eye and Face Makeup Remover
Add a few drops of jojoba oil to fingers or to a cotton ball and wipe over eyes and face.
Rinse off with water and follow with regular cleanser.
Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer
To cleanse normal to dry skin, apply with a few drops on fingers or cotton ball. Remove with water.
Pat a few more drops on to damp skin for a lasting moisture treatment. Or after dispensing any facial moisturizer onto your palm, try adding 5-6 drops of jojoba oil to make it into a super moisturizer.
Apply immediately after shower or bath, while skin is still damp
It seals in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Massage and Bath Oil
Great for a massage therapist or for use at home. Perfect for sensitive skin.
Add a few drops to your bath to leave skin moisturized, soft, and smooth.
Foot and Hand Softener
Use alone or add a few drops to your regular moisturizer. For an intense foot treatment, apply oil,
wrap in gauze and put on socks. Leave on for at least one hour. Feet will be beautifully soft
Hair and Scalp Massage
Add a few drops to hands. Massage into scalp to relieve dryness.
Deep Conditioning Treatment for Hair
Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into hands. Smooth over damp hair, applying most of oil to ends.
Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo out and style as usual. To help mend split ends, rub one or two drops
into your hand and then apply to ends of your hair. Apply while hair is still damp to help smooth frizzies.
Apply to finger and smooth onto lips. Works great as an overnight treatment.
Apply a few drops to rough, dry cuticles at least once per day.
Shaving Prep and Aftershave
Apply to area beneath your shaving product. Helps prevent razor burn and leaves skin smooth and soft.
Apply directly after shaving to effectively soothe and moisturize skin.