You don’t really hear people within the hip hop culture talking about living a healthy and natural lifestyle–why is that? I mean, hip hop in general represents authenticity and realness, so it makes sense to manifest that same authenticity into your everyday lifestyle.
Well, we can start by replacing artificially produced items with natural ones. Most everyday products like face washes and lotions contain synthetic chemicals. And, for some reason, we choose to buy these $6 or $7 items that only serve one purpose, when we could go the natural route and use one or two oils that serve multiple purposes.
With that being said, below is a list of five oils that you can incorporate into your everyday routine and be on your way to a natural lifestyle.
1) Argan oil
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Argan oil can technically be used all over a person’s body–as a deep conditioner (used in conjunction with another conditioner just to add some extra umph), a skin moisturizer, and my personal favorite, as a hair oil.
Using argan oil as an everyday moisturizer may not be the best for those of us with oily, acne-prone skin, as it will probably just make your face even more oily. But, if you have naturally dry skin, argan oil may be the perfect choice for you.
Regardless of how oily your skin may be, everyone can use this as a hair oil. Argan oil is especially good for those stubborn dry patches we get on our scalps, and it can also be good for stimulating hair growth. I usually massage about 2 drops of the oil into my scalp every night.
Additional uses: frizz tamer, heel softener (Before you sleep, apply argan oil on your feet and put a pair of socks on. You’ll have soft feet when you wake up!)
2) Coconut oil
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Coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be easily absorbed into the skin. I actually consider it to be the Queen B of all natural oils because the uses for it are infinite. You can use it as a body and hair moisturizer, lip balm, cuticle softener, makeup remover, etc. (seriously, the list goes on and on).
The coconut oil I use comes in solid form, and I like to apply it as a body moisturizer. Right after I get out of the shower, I take a quarter-sized amount and rub it in the palms of my hands to get it into a liquid form. Then, I just apply it all over.
When used in your hair, coconut oil adds moisture and shine. Maintaining healthy edges is important to me, and thankfully, coconut oil helps me in doing just that. I apply the product right before I go to bed, and it moisturizes my edges overnight, while laying them down in the process.
Additional uses: cooking oil, sunscreen, hair mask, massage oil, prevents stretch marks, soothes eczema
3) Jojoba oil
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I know I said certain oils aren’t very good for people with naturally oily skin, but jojoba oil is the one exception. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that is a lot closer to the oils found in human skin. With that being said, when you put jojoba oil on your face, it sort of tricks the skin into thinking that it already has enough moisture, and in turn, the skin stops producing extra oil. The product does not clog your pores at all–instead, it lets your skin breathe, making it one of the best oils for acne-prone skin.
Many people also use Jojoba oil as a makeup remover, but I find that coconut oil does a better job with that.
Additional uses: Shaving prep and aftershave, lip balm, body moisturizer, cuticle oil
4) Sesame oil
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Sesame oil comes from sesame seeds (obviously), and it happens to be one of the more lighter oils out there. It dates back to various ancient civilizations, and it’s said to have been one of the most sought-after oils, specifically for medicinal uses. Today, this nutritious oil is commonly used as a hot oil treatment, as a massage oil, and as a facial moisturizer. Sesame seeds/oil contains zinc, which can boost collagen production, a process that increases the elasticity and smoothness of your skin. Be sure that you don’t have a sesame seed allergy, though!
Additional uses: sunscreen, laxative (I personally have not tried this yet), used to promote hair growth
5) Tea tree oil
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Tea tree oil has tons of uses, but I think it’s best used as a spot treatment because it has natural antibacterial and healing properties that can prove to be really helpful when dealing with stubborn blemishes. There are tea-tree-based cleansers, toners, exfoliators, and creams out there–you name it, they make it. But I personally think using all of those products in conjunction might be a bit much. So, I started out using it as just a basic spot treatment.
Use a Q-tip or a cotton ball and apply the oil directly onto the pimple. If your skin tends to get dry, dilute the oil with a little bit of water before using it. The oil actually penetrates the skin and unclogs your pores, which allows for the swelling of the pimple to go down significantly.
Additional uses: wart treatment, antiseptic for small cuts, soothes sunburn and insect bites
*Side-note: Make sure you use 100% tea tree oil, not a product that just says it “contains” it.
Bonus beauty hack: All-Natural Deep Conditioner Mix
Mix a palm-full of organic coconut oil, raw honey, and your favorite ALL-NATURAL conditioner together. Massage it into your hair from root to tip, and put on a plastic cap to seal in the mixture. Let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes (sometimes I keep it in my hair for as long as three hours while I lay around the house). Rinse it out, style your hair as you normally would, and you’ll see that your hair will be nourished, feel soft, and be full of luster. I do this at least once every 2 weeks.
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Article by Jade Alexa