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Beauty myth busted: Oils are bad

Debby Harrington

Oils produce pimples and make your hair greasy – wrong!

Oils are actually the good guys. You can add them to your beauty routine and reap many benefits. However, different oils do different things so don’t go using your hair oil on your face.

Let’s break it down and figure out just which one is right for you.

Hair oils

They’re packed with fatty acids, especially argan oil which replace lipids in the hair to keep it strong and can prevent split ends. Hair oils can also detangle and seal the cuticle. Use once a week at least and over time you will see the results.

Anyone can use a hair oil, even if you have thin hair. It doesn’t actually weigh it down or make it look like it needs a wash.

However, you should avoid applying it too close to the scalp because your scalp generates its own oil. Start at the ends of your hair and work up so there’s less product left on your hands when you reach the roots.

Argan oil is ideal if you have frizzy hair because it’s packed with vitamins A and E and leaves it soft and shiny. I am a massive fan of this one and after I wash my hair, apply enough to cover a five cent piece, when my hair is still damp.

Coconut oil is pretty good for all hair types and helps with scalp health. Choose macadamia oil if you have dry or damaged hair and pick up some baobab if you want to grow those locks long.

Face oils

This is probably where you’re screwing up your face thinking, ‘I’m not applying an oil to my face’. Hear me out.

Face oils contain antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental factors such as pollution. As you get older, the production of natural oils decreases so it makes sense to replace them. Moisturised skin also lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinklea and oils can penetrate deeper than traditional creams.

You only need a couple of drops so gently spread it around or pat into the skin, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then apply your other moisturisers and sunscreen. You can also add those couple of drops to other products to streamline your beauty routine.

Grape seed oil is good for anyone with oily skin and jojoba oil can help get rid of pimples as it balances oil production. Use avocado oil if you have sensitive skin.

Rosehip is most suited to mature skin as it’s high in vitamin C and retinoic acid that increases collagen production and plumps the skin, making pesky lines less obvious.

Remember to consult a dermatologist or skin care specialist if you have any doubts or specific skincare concerns.

Body oils

Don’t worry, your arms won’t look greasy. These absorb fast, just like a face oil. Apply it after your shower for maximum benefit and you can also use a body oil on your cuticles to soften them.

If you’re pregnant, some oils prevent stretch marks and can work to diminish the appearance of scars.

Rosehip oil will also repair the skin so is ideal for anyone with dry, cracked skin while something with almond oil offers an extreme moisture boost.

If none of these skin conditions are your concern, try a scented oil like lavender in the evenings. They can be calming and are perfect to pop into a bath or a diffuser – just what you need before bed.


Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out More about the Author

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