I’m the type of girl that doesn’t like to fuss over her body. There are days where I consider doing a coffee scrub, and then say, naaaah, I’ll do it tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes. Shaving? God, again? I just shaved the other day (like, 2 weeks ago but I’m just lucky I’m blonde and you can’t see it). And makeup? During the day I only put it on for meetings, and even then I only use mascara, blush and lipstick. For the evening, I’ll add eyeshadow and some concealer. Do I wear makeup to the grocery store? Or when I’m running an errand? Errrrrr, no. Mostly because I don’t feel like it and I like feeling like my skin can actually breathe.
I come bearing tips! Oil tips!
So back to not fussing around. I’m an all around no-fuss girl, but the same goes for my daily beauty routine. I don’t have 10 different lotions for different parts of my face and body. Partly because I can’t be bothered, and partly because I prefer to use natural oils for my beauty routine. I really just stick to my three loves: Argan oil, Coconut oil and Magnesium oil.
I’ve been using argan oil for the past year and it’s seriously been a game changer. Argan oil is high in vitamin E and has many uses to name here, but these are the main ways I use argan oil:
- Get rid of dry skin:
- Combat your dry elbows and face with this oil. A couple of drops is all you need and massage it in after a shower. I get dry elbows in the winter time, and this stuff really helps soften the area up and make it nice and smooth again.
- Rub it into your face and let it soak in (disclaimer: I don’t have oily skin, so I’m not sure how this would affect those of you who naturally have more face oils). I find this oil much lighter than coconut oil, so your face doesn’t end up feeling oily and heavy after applying argan oil.
- Moisten up your lips with a couple drops and dab onto both upper and lower lips. This is great for the winter time.
- After getting out of the shower, spread a few drops into your hands and run your hands through the ends of your hair helping to moisturize the drier parts.
Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats and many cultures have been using coconut oil for centuries in regards to food and beauty. I use for the following:
- Once a month I give myself a moisturizing hair mask: I make a mix of honey, egg yolk and coconut oil, and let it sit for 30 minutes before I take a shower.
- I find that coconut oil makes a great lotion – it spreads evenly and smoothly. Use it on troubled dry spots or just all over. You’ll get smooth skin and you’ll end up smelling tropical!
- Mouth freshener
- Once a week, I like to sit for 30min, swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth. This is best done before bed. After the 30 minutes are up, take a toothbrush and brush with the oil instead of toothpaste. Rinse and sleep. I find my teeth feeling super smooth and my mouth refreshing after a coconut oil rinse.
Now, this one is probably less of a beauty tip, and more of a life tip. Because I work at a desk all day and also try to push the limits when I work out, sometimes I get pains. I mostly get it in my neck because of tension. However, I don’t like to pop Ibuprofens any time I’m in pain (I reserve it for the most crucial of headaches). A lot of people recommend taking magnesium for aches and pains as it is a relaxant, but unfortunately, our bodies can only absorb a fraction of the magnesium we ingest from pills. And even then, it may not help with muscle pains.
So what do I do? I use magnesium oil. It is much more effective if it’s applied topically. If I feel some neck pain or tension coming on, I grab my bottle and rub some oil on my neck. Now, it’s not the most pleasant oil. It feels and tastes very salty (so wash your hands after application). And I wouldn’t recommend putting it on and then putting on your best dress. It won’t stain anything, but the saltiness isn’t something you want on your best clothes. Applying magnesium oil topically helps the muscles absorb the magnesium through the skin, allowing for your muscles to relax.
Magnesium oil is a lifesaver for me. It’s helped with aches and pains and prevents headaches. It’s also great at putting you to bed! If you’re having a restless night, don’t be afraid to rub some oil on the bottom of your feet. It’ll help you ease into that long awaited slumber!
So those are my 3 essential beauty oils. These are just the ones I have the most success with. What about you? Do you have any recommendations? Should I try something else?