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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.

Plus,
join Chris Lutz every Thursday from 2–5pm from now through the end of June, at Lunds
& Byerlys in Edina
in the Health & Wellness Department, for
demonstrations on how to make your own skin-soothing products at home.