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Plant oils: Food for the skin

Chris Lutz, our Health, Wellness and Bodycare Manager, shares the benefits of plant oils – and why they’re not just for eating!

Today, we know plant oils are rich sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamin E, which help to prevent premature aging and protect the skin from cellular damage. In fact, some plant oils, like shea butter and avocado oil, even help to shield the skin from the sun with built-in SPF.

From lightweight and fast-absorbing to dense and rich, oil texture varies, so there is quite literally an oil to match every skin type. More concentrated than lotions and creams, which are actually mostly water, pure oils provide lasting nourishment to the skin and hair and can benefit individuals of all ages.

If you’re not familiar with beauty oils, here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate them into our beauty routine.

As a replacement for moisture lotion

Choose lightweight oils such as grapeseed or sweet almond for normal to oily skin, or richer ones like castor or shea for dry skin conditions. Simply smooth the oil of your choice over damp skin after shower or bath. For a heightened sensory experience and additional skin benefits, add a few drops of pure essential oil to your blend.

As a dry hair masque

Warm 1–2 tablespoons of coconut or avocado oil in the microwave or over the stove. Apply the warmed oil to clean, dry hair. Allow to absorb for a minimum of 30 minutes; ideally, overnight. Shampoo and style as usual.

As a makeup remover

If you’ve worn heavy foundation or eye makeup, even the best cleansers may struggle to remove residue. Pre-cleansing the skin with pure olive oil will easily emulsify and dissolve the makeup, which can then be rinsed away.

Remember, the best beauty rituals are those that work for you. Experiment and have fun!

Look for a variety of beauty oils at select Lunds & Byerlys stores in the Health & Wellness department.