GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTEN MA
Everything we put on our skin absorbs deeply into our tissues and bloodstream. So naturally we want to make sure that all of our skincare is safe, healthy and free of harmful synthetics. One way to do this is by using ingredients that are so pure they’re edible. And, with winter well on its way, one of my favorite edible beauty tips is to use natural oils right from our kitchen pantries. Here are three commonly found oils that are both delicious and beautifying.
Sesame oil is rich and emollient, making it excellent for dry, depleted skin. This oil can be used as a natural moisturizer during the wintertime because of its heavy texture and its ability to subtly stimulate blood flow. This increase in circulation is perfect for the cold, capillary-constricting season to help combat dull skin as it brightens, nourishes and protects. Though its important to note that you should opt for raw rather than toasted sesame oil for reasons of function. Toasted sesame has a distinct, powerful smell, while raw sesame oil’s scent is almost unnoticeable.
One of my personal favorite oils is coconut oil. It’s slow to oxidize making it a frying staple for many healthy kitchens but also incredibly therapeutic for our skin. Coconut oil treats sensitive and acne-prone skins because it is both an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It also makes a great makeup base because of its light, non-greasy finish.
Camellia oil is a less known oil in North America, but is popularly used in Asian cuisines. Also called “tea oil” as it is derived from the flower that makes green tea, camellia oil nourishes delicate skin and strengthens its protective barrier function. This oil is excellent for rosacea skin types as it promotes wound healing and soothes inflammation. It is also hypoallergenic, and can be used to nurture reactive complexions. While some may fear that oils will congest their skin, like all natural vegetable oils, it is non-comedogenic. In fact, camellia oil actually keeps complexions clear of clogged pores as it prevents dried sebum build-up.