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Exotic oils from the far corners of the world are fueling the beauty oil craze. They’re highly versatile—you can mix a few drops into your regular moisturizer or hair conditioner, add them to a bath, or simply use them as-is. And they’re concentrated, so you need only a few drops.
To ensure that you’re purchasing high-quality oils, Tammie Umbel, founder of Shea Terra Organics, says, “Look for oils that are unrefined to maximize their benefits. They should have color and an herbal aroma. Expensive oils are often cut with inferior-quality oils. Argan oil, for example, is often cut with sunflower oil. Choose oils from companies that buy straight from the source and can provide information about the origins and production of their oil.”
Did You Know?
An added benefit to many of these beauty oils is that their harvesting provides economic opportunities for struggling communities in remote villages.
Black Seed Oil:
Made from the Nigella sativa plant and revered by ancient Egyptians, this spicy oil is used both topically and internally. It’s packed with antibacterial and antifungal phytochemicals, as well as essential fatty acids that promote skin healing. Massage into irritated skin to soften and decrease inflammation. Rub a few drops into your scalp to
stimulate hair growth.
A medicine cabinet in a bottle, this multipurpose oil comes from the nuts of the Calophyllum inophyllum tree, native to Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal, and is effective for sunburns, rashes, insect bites, wounds, acne, scars, wrinkles, and dry skin.
Marula Seed Oil:
Collected from the nuts of the African marula tree, the lychee-like marula fruit produces pink oil that is rich in fatty acid and antioxidants. This oil helps repair sun-damaged and aging skin.
Pomegranate Seed Oil:
Native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, pomegranate seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory powers. Studies suggest it may help prevent skin
cancer by inhibiting enzymes that assist in cancer cell formation.
The argan plant is found only in a small region of Morocco. A close relative of the shea tree, argan fruit kernels produce an oil that is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants, plus hydrating fatty acids. Argan helps moisturize and nourish skin, nails, and hair.
- Soothe dry and irritated skin and improve hair growth with Shea Terra Organics Egyptian Black Seed Cold-Pressed Oil.
- Replenish parched skin with Derma E Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil. A key ingredient, marula oil, helps improve elasticity and hydrate skin.
- Seal in moisture for silky skin with Badger Damascus Rose Body Oil, which features jojoba, pomegranate, and olive oils.
- Calm rashes and sun damage, treat acne and scars, and prevent wrinkles with Aura Cacia Nourishing Organic Tamanu Oil.
- Soften and smooth skin, hair, and cuticles with Acure The Essentials Moroccan Argan Oil.