Naturally Healing Body Oils

Protect, repair and revitalize your skin with these amazing body oils.

| March/April 2015

  • Rejuvenate and nourish your skin for spring with these natural body oils.
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  • The berries of the sea buckthorn shrub are pressed to make a nourishing skin oil.
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  • Food-grade cooking oils, such as coconut and sunflower oil, can be used to make homemade skin-care products.
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Spring is the most refreshing season. After the long winter, we’re ready to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. Spring is also a fantastic time to give our skin some replenishment after the harsh, dry conditions of winter. Natural body oils help protect, repair and revitalize skin, and a number of oils may provide a variety of healing benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and regenerative effects. Many can also help us achieve healthier, younger-looking skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin elasticity, as well as prevent dryness, flakiness and rough patches.

Spring Beauty Recipes

Spearmint-Argan Body Oil Recipe
Lavender-Jojoba Sugar Body Polish Recipe

“Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish and plump our skin,” says Erin McIntosh, herbalist and marketing director for Mountain Rose Herbs. “Harsh, drying soaps strip our natural oils, which actually protect our delicate skin.”

When shopping, ensure oils are 100 percent pure: Buy products that are certified organic, have been minimally processed and are as unrefined as possible. “I like to use cold-pressed or expeller-pressed oils that are unrefined,” McIntosh says.

Get Glowing Skin This Spring

Use the following healing oils alone (pour a few drops of oil onto your fingertips and massage directly onto your face in circular, upward motions) or in homemade moisturizers, skin softeners, massage oils, make-up removers, leave-in hair treatments and much more.

Argan: Popular in personal-care products, argan oil can be found in lotions, shampoos, balms and serums. The nutritious oil comes from the seeds of the argan tree, a shrubby African evergreen. It has skin-softening, protective and regenerating properties, including the ability to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and revitalize damaged skin.

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