Let’s get one thing straight. Just because it’s greasy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad for you. In the past couple of decades, diet crazes and supermarket labels seem to be condemning all oils with any fat content and blaming them for bloating, weight gain and everything healthy-eating aficionados fear. However, the result of this mindset is the general tendency of people starving their bodies from much-needed healthy oils and their benefits for skin, hair and controlling toxicity levels throughout the entire system.
Rule of thumb is that saturated fats are to be avoided. However, to put an end to the myth that all oils are generally bad, we should talk about which oils are actually good for you and how much of them you should be eating or applying to your skin and hair on a regular basis.
The oils you should be eating include the following:
Remember when coconut oil was all the rage? Post-research, it turns out coconut oil is 90% saturated fats (the bad ones) and that doesn’t sound appetizing at all. This unfortunate discovery prompted a lot of health junkies to opt for another nut - the walnut! Walnut oil contains monounsaturated fats and it’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It provides Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels, ellagic acid, which counters the effects of cell-damaging free radicals (causing cancer and aging) as well as high quantities of magnesium and B vitamins. Walnut oil develops a bitter aftertaste when it is heated. That’s why it’s best to add it to salads, cold foods or other dishes after cooking.
While sunflower oil might be cheap, it’s not the one with which you want to be cooking on a daily basis. Hempseed oil, on the other hand, has proven its worth when it comes to supporting the immune system during flu season, promoting cardiovascular health through a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA, an acid that promotes brain development. Although some of us turn to fish oils to get our Omega-3 supplement, hempseed oil is actually a better mercury-free alternative that is gentle enough even for expectant mothers to take.
Avocado Oil has a lot of similarities with olive oil, which is one of the more popular healthy oils. The only difference is that it might be a bit more difficult to find in stores. However, it’s well worth it. Due to its high smoke point, this oil is perfect for searing meat and lightly frying foods in a wok, for example. One tablespoon has 124 calories that get absorbed by your system and releases valuable nutrients like carotenoids anywhere from 2 to 15 times after ingestion. When it comes to cardiovascular health, healthy aging and better eye health, this oil is a superhero.
Without a daily moisturizer, your skin becomes dry, your hair becomes frizzy and brittle and both start trying to compensate by becoming greasy. Give your skin and hair the oils they need (especially in dry seasons) to prevent premature aging, under-eye circles and damaged hair. Apply 2-3 drops of the following miracle oils to ensure you skin and hair stay non-greasy and nourished no matter the conditions:
Argan oil is a popular non-greasy skin moisturizing oil that is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree native to Morocco. It’s very popular in hair salons as it helps hair recover from damaging procedures like dye jobs and also makes it resistant to heat treatments such as straightening. The high amounts of vitamin E content works wonders for stretch marks that might have occurred during pregnancy or after a sudden weight gain or loss. Using pure argan every day keeps the skin barrier intact and prevents water from leaving the body.
Castor oil is a centuries old secret weapon for healthy skin. Although it seems to be most widely available at massage parlours and parfumeries, there is no reason that it shouldn’t be part of every woman and man’s beauty routines. Rubbing 2-3 drops of castor oil on skin daily provides essential hydration, smoothes dry patches of skin, alleviates irritation and minimizes the appearance of dark eye circles as well as acne. It’s the Swiss Army knife of oils that are appropriate for skin conditioning. However, be careful to buy it from health and medicine stores as opposed to brand drugstores because what is typically available for the general market is an unrefined, impure version of castor oil that could end up doing more bad than good for sensitive skin. Add some castor to your life, you won’t regret it!
If you’ve never tried any of the oils mentioned above, try substituting one or more of them for the oils you are already using in your beauty regimen as well as in your kitchen. Tell us what effects you’ve noticed from integrating these healthy oils in your lifestyle!