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Is Avocado Oil Non-Comedogenic? (Answered)

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Being able to moisturize your skin without clogging your pores can be a challenge. A lot of deep moisturizers will actually make you break out or get a rash if you use them too often. But if you have really dry skin, you might want to moisturize your face daily with this kind of product.

Natural oils can be a great solution for your moisturizing needs, but you need to be sure that you know which products you can use on a regular basis. There are various kinds of oils that are not ideal for regular daily use since they can inflame the skin.

Thankfully, Avocado oil is non-comedogenic, which means that you can use it to protect your skin on a daily basis.

Benefits of Avocado Oil For Skin Care

Avocado oil offers more benefits than just being non-comedogenic. This is one of the best moisturizing products on the market, and it can be used daily as well. Always make sure that you only use a light layer of avocado oil so that you don’t run into issues with skin rashes or skin irritation.

  1. Deep Moisture

Avocado oil can provide really excellent moisturizing for your skin, and because it is not likely to clog your pores or cause skin irritation, it can be applied once a day as well. This means that you can keep dry skin or even oily skin moisturized properly without worries about providing daily treatment.

  1. Lightweight

Avocado oil is a very lightweight moisturizer, and it feels great on your skin. You can easily spread avocado oil on your skin as well, meaning that you do not need to work hard to get it to absorb. This is one of the best options for use overnight since it is such a light and really enjoyable feeling product.

  1. Works for All Skin Types

Avocado oil can work well for all skin types, which means that you don’t have to worry about everyone in your family using it. This can be a blessing if you have a lot of different skincare needs all under the same roof. Just getting avocado oil and some cotton balls can take care of the skin moisturizing needs of everyone in your family.

  1. Works for Body and Face

Avocado oil can be used for both your body and your face as well. You can use it for massage oil, and you can pour it into your bath if you want. This is a very versatile product that can be used for a whole host of different kinds of skincare needs.

Avocado Oil is Great For Your Skin

If you have been looking for a good option for your daily moisturizing needs, avocado oil can be an ideal choice. This is a natural moisturizer that is great for various skin types and various skin care goals. You can use your avocado oil alone or with other products to create the perfect skincare routine to keep your skin looking its best every day.

This article was last updated on January 4, 2023 .

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Carrot Oil VS Turmeric Oil

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Many people know that natural products are best for your skin care needs, but choosing the right products can be hard sometimes. Turmeric and carrot oils are both great skincare treatments, and they offer many of the same benefits when they are used on a regular basis to care for the skin. The differences between them are slight, but they might impact your selection of one over the other.

It’s not accurate to say that one oil is “better” than the other, as both carrot oil and turmeric oil have their own unique set of benefits and uses.

Carrot oil is extracted from the seeds of carrots and is known for its high content of carotenoids, which are plant pigments that have antioxidant properties. Carrot oil is often used in skincare products as it may help to moisturize and nourish the skin. It may also have some anti-inflammatory effects and may be helpful in reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes.

Turmeric oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the roots of the turmeric plant and is known for its bright yellow color and strong, earthy aroma. Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits, which may include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric oil may be used in skincare products, as well as in cooking and aromatherapy.

We will talk about what the perks are to the use of these skincare products and then discuss how they are different. This will help you to make an educated choice between the two products when they are added to your skincare routine.

What do Carrot Oil and Turmeric Oil Do?

Both of these quality oils can offer your skin lots of benefits. They are both rich in antioxidants, and they both have anti-inflammatory properties. They are both also antibacterial and antimicrobial, and they can both offer deep moisturizing benefits when used on a regular basis.

The source for the two products is different, as turmeric oil comes from the turmeric root, and carrot oil is made from carrots. However, the benefits of these two substances are quite similar in most ways. These products are also ideal for all skin types and can be used for those who have sensitive or dry skin, as well as for those with oily skin.

Where do Turmeric and Carrot Oil Differ?

There are some key differences between the two oils that you might want to be aware of. Making a choice between them will be easier if you know more about how they are not the same.

  1. Carrot Oil Offers Lots of Beta-Carotene

Carrot oil is much richer in beta-carotene, which makes this a great choice for skin oil treatment if you want to fight the signs of aging and make your skin look young and glowing again. Carrot oil is also usually higher in vitamins A, C, and E than turmeric oil.

  1. Turmeric is Ideal for Anti-inflammatory Use

Turmeric oil is a really good choice when compared to carrot oil if your skin is easily inflamed or if you are dealing with acne or skin rashes. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be ideal for skin that is prone to this kind of upset.

  1. Differences in Smell

Turmeric is also used as a spice which means that it comes along with a very strong smell. You might opt for carrot oil just to avoid the strong smell of turmeric oil.

Carrot Oil and Turmeric Oil Can be Ideal for Skin Care Needs

Ultimately, the choice between carrot oil and turmeric oil will depend on your specific needs and preferences. If you’re looking for an oil with moisturizing and nourishing properties, carrot oil may be a good choice. If you’re looking for an oil with potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, turmeric oil may be a good option. It’s also worth noting that both oils can be used in combination with other natural ingredients to enhance their benefits.

If you want to make your skin look and feel its best, you should consider the use of carrot or turmeric oil. Both of these products can help your skin to feel rejuvenated and look beautiful and can be found in several anti-aging serums. You will find that there are a few minimal differences between the use of these two products, but the kind of skin care goals you have can impact your choice between the two.

This article was last updated on December 30, 2022 .

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Make Your Own Relaxing Massage Oil!

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Massage Oil DIY I’m just going to come right out and say it, this massage oil smells like every good thing on earth and is changing my life! I’m definitely being a little dramatic, but I can’t get over how yummy and relaxing this oil smells. After I made it, I would walk by it in our bathroom and just put a little on my hands and arms to smell throughout the day. It’s that good!

So not only is this massage oil great for a back and neck rub, but it’s also VERY moisturizing and non-greasy. If your skin is feeling dry, I definitely recommend using it as an after-shower body moisturizer. You will smell incredible and feel so so soft!

Massage Oil DIY Supplies:
–fractionated coconut oil
–sweet almond oil
–jojoba oil
–ylang ylang essential oil
–vanilla essential oil
–lavender essential oil
–peppermint essential oil
–tangerine essential oil
–glass container for storage

Step One: For this DIY I used a 12oz glass container, so cut the recipe as needed for your container size. Using a funnel start by adding in 1 cup of fractionated coconut oil, 1/2 cup sweet almond oil and 1/4 cup of jojoba oil to your glass container.

Massage Oil DIY Massage Oil DIYStep Two: Add in your essential oils! I put in 10 drops of ylang ylang, 10 drops of lavender, 5 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of vanilla and 5 drops of tangerine. Secure the top of your container and gently swirl to mix everything together.

Massage Oil DIY I used a glass marker to label my massage oil, and I kinda love how it looks in this glass container! This DIY takes seriously no time at all and just might be your new favorite thing ever. Anyone else love a good relaxing massage?? Get ready to smell like a mythical creature. 😉 Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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How to Make Your Own Face Oil

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I’m excited to kick off a series on essential oils with this super simple and useful recipe today!

For over a year now, I have been obsessed with trying recipes for skincare and homemade cleaning solutions, as well as even clean alternatives to things like hand sanitizer and room freshener. It has been a lot of fun and my husband can attest to the many, many drafts of recipes I have gone through to achieve a high performing homemade solution.

Anyway, this first one is a lot of fun! If you like to use facial oils in your skincare, this recipe is for you!

Supplies needed:

Essential Oils. I chose Rose Geranium, Frankincense and Lavender because they are great for skin. To be specific:

Frankincense is well known as the best oil for preventing the signs of aging in skin. It reduces the production of free radicals and can be used to heal skin. It has a very strong scent, which can be an acquired taste. I have grown to love it and always have at least one drop of it mixed into my night treatment for added benefits every night.

Lavender oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also famous for easing stress and tension, which is why I added it to this mix (because I use this at night before bed).

Rose Geranium is a great skincare oil. It has the nicest scent (like fresh roses). It can unclog pores, brighten and tighten and minimize discoloration.

Carrier Oils. I chose a mix of three. Primarily Sweet Almond Oil because it’s very light and I also added Rosehip and Evening Primrose Oil because of their skin benefits. I chose Sweet Almond because it’s very lightweight and makes a great base. It can renew cells due to its vitamin E content. Rosehip oil is a miracle worker for pores. It has astringent properties, similar to a toner to help tighten and brighten skin. Evening Primrose oil can help reduce redness and combat premature aging.

You will also need a two-ounce dropper bottle (I usually use amber bottles because it’s good to block out light on any recipe with essential oils), a (tiny) metal funnel, and a measuring spoon.

Recipe:

10 drops lavender oil, 15 drops frankincense oil, 15 drops rose geranium oil, 1 tablespoon evening primrose oil, 1 tablespoon rosehip oil and top off the rest of the bottle with sweet almond oil.

A quick note about face oils: If you think you don’t like face oils, or you avoid them because you have oily skin, join the club! So many women are terrified of using oil on their faces. I get it—I used to avoid it too.

But more recently I learned that half the skincare products I use already contain oil—check the ingredients on your lotions and serums. You’ll probably be surprised.

While face oil isn’t for everyone, I think it’s worth trying. I have experienced so many benefits. Outside of cleaning up my diet and drinking more water (which I am imperfect with) adding oils to my skincare have delivered the best results for my skin.

Click here to learn how to use oils on your face.

I had so much fun creating this recipe for you!! I will be back soon to share my best essential oils recipes. This skin oil is also great to combat dry winter skin (you can see my winter skincare routine here!). If you have any requests for recipes you’d be interested in trying at home, I’d love to hear them! xx – Elsie

P.S. Keely helped me design two download sheets you can print on sticker paper to make your own recipes! Click here to download!

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Graphic design (labels): Keely Rust. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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Winter Skin Homemade Body Oil

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Winter is in full effect in southwest Missouri where I live, and my skin is feeling it! During the winter, I tend to get dry patches on my skin, especially my elbows, knees, and hands. This winter skin homemade body oil is the perfect remedy. It’s kind of a hybrid between a lotion and a body oil. Here’s what the consistency is like:

A little bit of this goes a long way! And, I especially love applying some of this to my feet and hands before bed so it can kind of soak in overnight. 🙂 I packed my version full of some pretty high end ingredients! You know how you’ll sometimes go to buy a product at the store and see that the first ingredient listed is water? Not so much here. It’s all good things for this homemade body oil.

Here’s what I used in my winter skin homemade body oil:
-shea butter
–argan oil
–jojoba oil
-vitamin E oil
–essential oil for scent (lavender)
–mica powder for a little shimmer

You basically want to your body oil to be 1 part shea butter and 1 part oil. You can mix oils (like I did) or swap out the majority for something less expensive like coconut oil or even olive oil, which is still really great for your skin. I added about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and a heaping teaspoon of the mica powder too, but both of those are optional and the oil would still be great without them.

Here’s what the mica powder looks like. It’s actually really great for a little (natural) shimmer or to make DIY makeups with.

Just add all the ingredients to a glass jar and use an immersion blender to blend well until no clumps remain. My homemade body oil has an almost milky color with a kind of pearl shimmer from the mica. Even though I’m not necessarily using this as a cosmetic (it’s really for dry skin), I do love how pretty and luxurious it looks.

You can simply store it in any airtight container like a glass jar with a lid. But, as with any lotion or body oil, it’s nice to have something with a little spout or pour option. I found some reusable honey bear containers at a local farming supply store (it’s a long story why I was there, but I thought these would be perfect for homemade lotions and things, so I bought them when I saw them). But you could absolutely reuse something you may already have in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets or just use a clean glass jar. Hope your skin loves this stuff as much as mine! xo. Emma

P.S. This body oil can separate over time, or in extreme temperatures. If you notice this, just give the container a good shake and things will get blended up again.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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Ingredient Education: Jojoba Oil

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Have you ever looked at the back of your favorite makeup and wondered, “what is that ingredient and how does it affect my skin?” In our Ingredient Education series, we explore the skin benefits of some of our most interesting ingredients. Let’s talk about the beauty and skin benefits of Jojoba Oil! It seems like there is a new, trendy oil every six months but why do we ignore some of the most used oils? For years Jojoba Oil has been over-looked as a powerhouse ingredient. It is included in a variety of beauty products from shampoos to eye liners and can even be found in over 20 jane iredale products, including: BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer, Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer, HandDrink Hand Cream, PureMoist Lipstick and Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer. When an ingredient is used so often, there has to be a reason why. With Jojoba Oil, the reason is simple. It’s a powerful, natural ingredient that works and has benefits for all skin and hair types.

Jojoba Oil Skin Benefits

What is Jojoba Oil?

Before we tell you why you should love Jojoba Oil as much as we do, here’s some background facts.

  • Jojoba Oil is the liquid wax found in the seeds of the Simmondsia chinensis plant.
  • Its structure is different than most other oils because it is biocompatible. That means it absorbs into the skin really easily.
  • It’s rich in vitamin E, zinc, iodine, and other nourishing antioxidants, and it works like a humectant. Therefore, it draws water deep into your skin, and then seals it in for long-lasting hydration.

Want to know more about the skin benefits of Jojoba Oil? Check out these 5 reasons to love it below:

Jojoba Oil: Healthy Skin Benefits

1) It doesn’t cause breakouts

Many oils can feel heavy and clog your pores, but Jojoba Oil doesn’t cause breakouts. In fact, it could actually prevent them! Since it is biocompatible, it absorbs into the skin rather than sitting on top of it. Additionally, when in ester form, Jojoba Oil is actually “oil-free.” Here’s a little science lesson: an ester is created by combining a fatty acid (Jojobal Oil) with a fatty alcohol (Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil). The two molecules rearrange themselves in a process called interesterification, becoming a new ingredient that is oil-free but has the same benefits of the original oil.

2) It helps with oil control

If that isn’t cool enough, Jojoba Oil helps in oil control. Since it keeps your skin well-hydrated, you body naturally reacts by decreasing sebum production in the affected area. Now you know why BeautyPrep Moisturizer helps keep oil at bay while still hydrating your skin!

3) It has skin healing properties

Not only is Jojoba Oil moisturizing, but it also has antibacterial and immuneboosting properties to help heal wounds. The iodine in Jojoba Oil protects the skin from bacteria and the Vitamin E and B-Complex Vitamins help boost the skin’s immune response so you heal faster. So, if you have dry, cracked hands in the winter make sure to keep HandDrink around.

4) It protects from UV exposure

There are a handful of natural oils that provide UV protection, and Jojoba Oil is one of them. It has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 4, which is great when paired with the other SPF ingredients in Dream Tint. It has also been found to slow the effect of UV exposure on collagen, meaning it can reduce the aging effect of the sun!

5) It’s fun to say!

This has nothing to do with skin care, but Jojoba is really fun to say. In a time when some cosmetic ingredients are almost impossible to sound out, it’s refreshing to see a world like Jojoba. Not only can you easily pronounce it, but you know it’s a natural ingredient that comes from plants. Here are some other versions of Jojoba Oil you may see in an ingredients list:

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Natural oil extracted from the beanlike seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis.
  • Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil – Jojoba Oil that is turned into a solid by adding hydrogen gas under high pressure.
  • Jojoba Esters – An oil-free mixture of Jojoba Oil and Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, creating a true wax that is very similar to human sebum.
  • Isopropyl Jojobate – A combination of two different jojoba esters designed to enhance moisture retention.

Jojoba Oil in Our Products

Below is a list of our Jojoba-infused products. Shop them all on janeiredale.com:

  • Active Light Under-Eye Concealer
  • BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer
  • Beyond Matte Refill
  • Disappear Full Coverage Concealer
  • Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer
  • Eye Highlighter Pencils
  • Eye Pencil
  • GreatShape Eyebrow Kit (in the wax)
  • HandDrink Hand Cream
  • In Touch Highlighter
  • InTouch Cream Blush
  • Just Kissed Cheek & Lip Stains
  • Just Kissed Lip Plumpers
  • Lip Fixation (in the lip gloss)
  • Lip Pencil
  • PureGloss Lip Gloss
  • PureMoist Lipstick
  • Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer
  • So-Bronze Bronzer Refill
  • Sugar & Butter Lip Scrub
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Ingredient Education: Avocado Oil

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Have you ever looked at the back of your favorite makeup and wondered, “what is that ingredient and how does it affect my skin?” In our Ingredient Education series, we explore the skincare benefits of some of our most interesting ingredients. Let’s talk about the beauty and skin benefits of Avocado Oil! A few years ago, the avocado “trend” began, and it has only picked up speed. It is labeled by many as a superfruit – yes, avocados are a fruit – and there’s a good reason why. Simply put, avocados have serious skincare and health benefits.

avocado oil skincare benefits This green delight consists of about 75% “good fat” or unsaturated fat; there for it is lauded by the America Heart Association for its ability to “help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals.” It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Folate and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.

The Skincare Benefits of Avocado Oil

In beauty products, you will often see avocado oil or Persea Gratissima oil, listed as one of the key ingredients. It is high in fat and vitamins A and C, helping to nourish, moisturize and provide antioxidant protection. We infuse the skincare benefits of avocado oil into our concealers, lip products and face moisturizer.

Concealers with Avocado Oil

  • CircleDelete
  • Active Light Under-Eye Concealer
  • Zap & Hide
  • Enlighten Concealer
  • Corrective Colors Kit

Lip Products with Avocado Oil

  • Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper
  • LipDrink
  • PureMoist
  • Just Kissed Lip Plumper
  • Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain
  • PureGloss Lip Gloss
  • Lip Fixation

Skincare with Avocado Oil

  • BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer

Healthy Eating: 3 Unusual Avocado Recipes

As we mentioned, one of the primary health benefits of eating avocados is a reduced risk of heart disease.; however, the fruit and the nutrients it provides have also had positive effects on other health issues, including: diabetes, some cancers and cataracts, to name a few. Here’s your chance to jump on the avocado bandwagon, if you haven’t already. Below are three of our favorite unusual avocado recipes.

Avocado, Lime & Coconut Popsicles

PREP TIME FREEZE TIME SERVINGS
10 minutes 7 hours 10 servings
healthy avocado recipe, avocado popsicles
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 large avocados, peeled & diced
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1½ cups coconut water (or just plain water)
DIRECTIONS
  1. In small bowl, mash together the avocado and honey. Then, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor.
  2. Next, add in lime juice, zest, and coconut water. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Finally, transfer the blend to popsicle molds and freeze.

Image and recipe courtesy of Port and Fin.

Avocado Pizza

PREP TIME FREEZE TIME SERVINGS
40 minutes 10 minutes 4 servings
healthy avocado recipes, avocado pizza
INGREDIENTS
Pizza Toppings
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed out overnight in refrigerator
  • 1½ firm-ripe avocados, cubed ½ inch
  • 2 med. tomatoes, seeded, cored and diced ½ inch
  • ½ med. red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1⅓ cups shredded Italian Five Cheese blend
Pizza Pesto
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green onion, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
Avocado Sauce
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream
DIRECTIONS
Pizza Pesto & Avocado Sauce
  1. Create the sauce and pesto separately using a food processor. For each, combine the listed ingredients in the food processor until thoroughly mixed.
Assembling Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface ¼” thick (it does not have to be perfectly round).
  3. Pierce the puff pasty with a fork to prevent bubbling and transfer it to a parchment lined baking sheet or pizza stone.
  4. Spread the pizza pesto evenly over the puff pasty and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden crisp around the edges.
  5. Remove the puff pasty from the oven and place the prepared tomatoes, red onions, and avocado on top.
  6. Drizzle with Avocado Sauce as much or as little as you like and enjoy!

Image and recipe courtesy of Little Broken.

Caprese Stuffed Avocados

PREP TIME FREEZE TIME SERVINGS
10 minutes 0 minutes servings
healthy avocado recipes, caprese stuffed avocadosINGREDIENTS
  • 2 avocados, cut in half, stone and skin removed
  • 1 cup salad greens
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, mix tomato, mozzarella and pesto until the mozzarella and tomato are evenly coated with pesto.
  2. Plate the avocado on the salad greens and top with the mixture of the tomato, mozzarella and pesto followed by a drizzle of the balsamic reduction.

Image and recipe courtesy of Closet Cooking.

We Want to Know

What’s your favorite healthy avocado recipe? Let us know in a comment below.

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Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

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Coconut oil has been frequently touted as a miracle oil for hair. Believers claim that coconut oil can improve hair’s strength, provide healthy shine, and even disguise split ends. But does coconut oil help with hair growth? Keep reading to find out.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil is an amazing natural alternative for conditioners, hair masks, and even shine serums. Coconut oil has many benefits for hair, including:

Deeply Moisturizing Dry Hair

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that can penetrate the hair shaft for deep hydration. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil is one of the best hair oils, and it actually moisturizes hair better than mineral oil and sunflower oil.

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To take advantage of coconut oil’s moisturizing properties at home, make a DIY coconut oil hair mask. Use your hands to warm up a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. Then apply the oil to dry, clean hair. Longer and thicker hair will require additional coconut oil. Next, gently comb through hair using a wide-tooth comb. Wrap hair in a shower cap and allow at least 30 minutes for oil to absorb into strands. For best results, leave the coconut oil hair mask on overnight. Shampoo to remove oil and style hair as usual.

Preventing Protein Loss

Coconut oil can help prevent breakage by decreasing protein loss. Proteins inside the hair structure are what give hair its strength. So by using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner on the outside of strands, you can actually help hair to retain its natural strength.

To use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner, warm up a ¼ teaspoon in your hands and then apply to wet hair, avoiding the roots. If you have long or thick hair, you may need to apply a little bit more coconut oil. Just be careful to avoid using too much coconut oil because it can weigh down hair, especially if it’s thin or fine, and make it look greasy.

Disguising Split Ends

If your ends are looking damaged between hair trims, a little coconut oil will add moisture for a smoother, healthier look.

Simply warm up a teaspoon of coconut oil in hands and apply to the last inch of wet strands. Then style hair as usual to enjoy your refreshed look. Just remember: coconut oil will not repair split ends, so it’s still important to get regular trims for healthy-looking hair.

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Adding Natural, Healthy Shine

A little bit of coconut oil can add a healthy sheen to dull hair. Plus, its weight can smooth frizz and flyaways. Warm up a tiny amount of coconut oil in your hands and lightly smooth over hair to reduce frizz and add a healthy shine. Be careful – too much oil can make hair look greasy instead of shiny!

Can You Use Coconut Oil for Hair Growth?

Many bloggers tout coconut oil as the ultimate solution for growing long, gorgeous hair. While coconut oil does not have an effect on real hair growth, it can help make hair look healthier overall. Healthier hair means fewer split ends, which in turn means fewer trips to the salon for trims. Thus, the topical application of coconut oil can indirectly help hair to grow longer.

However, the best way to promote healthy hair growth is by nourishing hair from the roots. Supplementing your diet with Viviscal hair growth supplements will help your follicles to get the vitamins and minerals they need to grow gorgeous hair.*

So yes, while it’s true that coconut oil doesn’t make hair grow faster, it does help improve how your hair looks and feels. Plus, coconut oil is a healthy alternative to other types of cooking fats in your diet. Keep one jar in your kitchen and another in your bathroom to get the full benefits of coconut oil inside and out!

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When it comes to my nails, I’m pretty bad about leaving hangnails (those little pieces of ripped skin near your cuticles) alone. It’s like a compulsion that I have to peel them back or try and rip them off instead of just waiting until I can get to a cuticle trimmer to cut them off instead. One of my favorite things about getting an occasional manicure is when they add a coat of nail oil at the end of the session to nourish and moisturize the skin around your cuticles to prevent those annoying hangnails in the first place, and each time I think, “Oh wait, I forget I can do that at home, too!” Making your own nail oil is super easy and I added in some lavender and rose geranium essential oils since they are both anti-inflammatory (which is great for skin), and geranium has cellular-rejuvenation properties as well. Supplies:
–sweet almond oil
–vitamin E (optional)
–lavender essential oil
–rose geranium essential oil
–empty nail polish bottle
–small funnel (I used the smallest one from this set)

Pour 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil into your nail polish bottle using your small funnel and add a few drops of vitamin E oil as well.Keep the funnel in and add 4 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of rose geranium oil.

Screw your cap back on and shake well to combine. Store your oil in a cabinet or somewhere away from light to keep your oils effective for the longest period of time.To use, swipe the polish brush with the oil in a “U” shape around your cuticles and allow the oil to sit on the skin for a few minutes if possible before rubbing it in gently with your fingers. A good way to keep your cuticles nourished is to do a coat of oil at the end each time you paint your nails (which if you are like me can be 2-3 times a week). Adding this oil into your nail routine will make you less likely to forget this important step and you’ll thank yourself by avoiding all those painful hangnails later on. Make a few bottles at once to give out as gifts or have a girl’s night to make your own while you do some mani/pedis together and try a gold star or hologram manicure (and you can also go for an oil like this if you want a ready made one). Have fun! xo. Laura

P.S. Check out more beauty items on our wishlist and shopping pages!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Ingredient Education: Lemongrass Oil

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We all know how refreshing the scent of lemons are, but have you ever experienced the reinvigorating scent of Lemongrass? The Lemongrass plant is a fibrous grass that is used in some Asian cuisines as a seasoning. It has a soft, citrusy scent, but that is also balanced with a hint of earthy undertones. Now that you know what lemongrass is, let’s talk about the health and skincare benefits of lemongrass oil.

lemon grass in makeup

The Benefits of Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil is an aroma-therapeutic oil that is said to have a range of health benefits. On the aromatherapy side, it is a calming scent that some claim helps reduce stress and anxiety. According to healthline.com, it also has the potential to help relieve a range of health issue, including:

  • Digestive problems;
  • High blood pressure; and,
  • Inflammation.

How we use Lemongrass Oil

Here at jane iredale, we love the citrus scent of lemongrass and infuse it into many of our products. We use it because of its refreshing scent, and because it also helps limit the secretion of oils. When you see Cymbopogon Citratus listed in the ingredients as either an extract or an oil; that’s the scientific name for lemongrass. It can be found in Glow Time BB Cream, Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray, and HandDrink SPF 15 Hand Cream.

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