Oh-So-Soft Hair, Skin, & Nails

A few drops of organic nut oils might be all you need to treat dry skin, frizzy hair, and ragged cuticles.

A few drops of organic nut oils might be all you need to treat dry skin, frizzy hair, and ragged cuticles.

Until recently, the belief was that oil clogs pores. In truth, natural plant oils can help regulate and restore balance to your skin’s oil production, as well as heal, protect, and nourish dry skin, scalp, and hair.

Nut oils moisturize and soften fine lines and wrinkles on your face; give glide for massage; alleviate dry skin from scalp to toes; and add a healthy shine to hair. Here are four of our favorites:

1. Marula oil


Best for: Face

Marula oil, cold-pressed from the East African marula nut, is an extremely soothing oil. Because the oil has a high concentration of oleic acid—an essential fatty acid that your body produces naturally—it absorbs easily into the skin. Also high in antioxidants, marula oil helps defend skin from UV rays and pollution.

TRY:Derma EHydrating Facial Treatment Oil. Give dehydrated skin a boost with this lightweight, moisture-boosting blend of organic marula oil, organic argan oil (rich in antioxidants and other skin-replenishing properties), and kukui oil (helps soothe rough, itchy skin). Use alone or mix a few drops with your favorite moisturizer or foundation.

2. Sweet Almond Oil


Best for: Body

This oil is rich in skin-saving vitamins A and E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, and zinc. Almond oil is light, hypoallergenic, and can be used on sensitive skin. It’s gentle enough for babies and can even help treat eczema.

TRY:FarmHouse FreshAgave Nectar Ageless Body Oil. Sweet almond, agave nectar, and soybean oils are paired with extracts of sandalwood, barley, and Phellodendron amurense bark, help skin retain moisture more effectively. Use immediately after showering a for soft, scented (and nongreasy!) skin.

3. Cherry Seed Oil


Best for: Skin and Hair

Although harder to find in products in the U.S., cherry seed oil is poised to become a sensation in skin- and hair-care products in the States. This antioxidant-rich oil, which is cold-pressed from sour cherry kernels and packed with skin-nourishing oleic acid, is thought to help boost collagen production, ease acne flare-ups, and promote skin healing.

TRY:Aura CaciaShield & Hydrate Sweet Almond + Cherry Seed Skin Care Oil. Infused with cherry seed oil and sweet almond oil, this luxe natural oil makes an ideal alternative to conventional body lotions and massage oils. Cherry seed oil is balanced in omega-6 and -9 fatty acids and shields skin’s water evaporation. Sweet almond oil provides smooth glide and hydrates skin.

4. Argan Oil


Best for: All-Over

This nourishing oil is produced from the kernels found in the nut of the Moroccan argan tree. The oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids, and it’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants, so you can wear it during the day. Massage your scalp with argan oil to loosen dandruff and encourage hair growth, or add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner to repair dry, damaged hair. You can also apply a few drops to wet or dry hair to tame frizz, smooth hair, and add shine.

TRY:AcureMoroccan Argan Oil. This multitasking formula can be used as a facial serum, massage oil, and hair serum, as well as treatments for rough cuticles and dry elbows and heels. Rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan helps reduce lines, imperfections, scars, and stretch marks. The lightweight oil is easily absorbed and benefits all skin types—even oily skin.

Oils are thought to unclog pores by dissolving blackheads and whiteheads.

Why Oil?

According to Tashenna Lawson, an herbalist and creator of the blog holistichealthherbalist.com, there are several benefits of using oil on your skin instead of a moisturizer: For starters, oils are thought to unclog pores by dissolving blackheads and whiteheads. They help maintain the skin’s oil balance and soothe irritated skin. Also, high-quality oil blends are free of harsh chemicals.

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