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Greased lightening: Rejuvenating facial oils JIA SINGH

10th May 2014

here's been a lot of talk on the benefits of facial oils, and yet a lot of us women squirm at the thought of greasing our faces. Beauty therapists, wellness consultants and dermatologists all claim that these oils help plump the skin, giving it that elasticity, moisture and collagen, as well as helping fight spots, pigmentation and acne.

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I know it sounds pretty contradictory, but oil doesn't always translate to oiliness. In fact, a lot of these oils are suited for every skin type. A few drops is all you need to moisturise your skin, boost blood flow and circulation and make you look radiant. Facial oils can be made by integrating two or three different oils to make a blend or with just one. There is an incredible variety of these liquid elixirs available at drugstores, cosmetic companies, large spas and big names like Sephora, Bobbi Brown, Body Shop and Burts Bees. These oils have probably been your favourite facialist's secret weapon for years, you just didn't know it. Now you can reap the same benefits by applying these oils in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of the most popular ones. Remember to buy brands that are natural, organic and hypoallergenic. CHAMOMILE OIL To calm irritated, red skin: Chamomile oil, much like the tea, relaxes your skin, soothes after sunburn and alleviates any redness, rash or hives that might appear. It has amazing anti- inflammatory properties that make it a favourite among women with sensitive skin prone to redness, rosacea and acne.


Beauty therapists, wellness consultants and dermatologists all claim that facial oils help plump the skin, giving it that elasticity, moisture and collagen, besides fighting spots, pigmentation and acne.

ROSE HIP SEED OIL Get rid of dark spots and discoloration: This oil is particularly useful in healing scars and reducing the visibility of dark spots, pigmentation and discoloration on the face. Rose hip seed oil, when applied regularly, can deliver dramatic results over a period of just twoconverted by

three months. And yes, considering how long you've been dealing with the alternative, that's soon enough. TEA TREE OIL No more acne: You probably know this one already; it's the most popular and one of the best natural alternatives to get rid of acne, thanks to its disinfecting and soothing properties. It's gentler on the skin, so unlike other acne treatments, tea tree oil will not strip your skin of its natural oils or cause further breakouts. The Body Shop has a tea tree facial oil which is pretty effective in reducing acne and preventing it. Just make sure you dab it on with a cotton ball instead of applying it directly onto your face. MARULA OIL Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: African women have the most beautiful, youthful-looking skin at any age. Their secret? Marula oil. A beauty staple that is now rightfully making its way to the top as an essential part of your daily beauty regime. It has a high concentration of oleic acid — an essential fatty acid that gives your skin the lubricatio and moisture it needs to stay supple and hydrated. This helps maintain the skin's moisture content, providing long-lasting hydration and protection against pollution, smoking, fumes and wind.

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