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Ever wonder how Pegasus got it’s wings? According to legend, without the Sea Buckthorn fruit, Pegasus would have remained a humble horse. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to grow wings myself, but I am happy to absorb the incredible skin healing properties of Sea Buckthorn oil while keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Many oils are awesome—if you read my blog, you know this to be true! But Sea Buckthorn fruit oil contains a rare fatty acid called omega 7, which is simply incredible in its ability to regenerate skin cells. The best way to use this oil is to mix it with the oil of the Sea Buckthorn seed, also nourishing and healing to the skin. The combination of these oils—both from different components of one near-miraculous plant—are a potent blend for skin suffering from eczema, scarring, and even burns. Of course, this blend is also a fantastic anti-aging treatment as well, as it helps cells regenerate in a healthy manner (something our bodies become less and less able to do as we age).

Intrigued? Read on to discover how to best use these oils on your skin. (more…)

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Welcome to the first of a number of pieces that will illuminate the importance of including oil in your lifestyle—qualities I hope you will refuse to live without! The first piece will focus on why I recommend using oil topically on every type of skin.

Oil is a healthy, often easily accessed, natural, and effective ingredient that has myriad uses. There are hundreds and hundreds of types of oil, each with a unique antioxidant breakdown, fatty acid content, molecular structure, and particular benefit to the skin. Applied topically, most oils are safe, effective, and all-natural. Further, they provide unique anti-aging, anti-acne, anti-infection, and anti-irritation benefits. And believe me, that’s only the beginning. (more…)

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The safflower is a member of the sunflower family and lives up to its reputation, having yellow, ray-like petals that explode forth in a bright sunburst of a flower. Safflower oil is expressed from the seeds of this plant. There are two types of safflower oil: monounsaturated safflower oil and polyunsaturated safflower oil Each variety has unique properties that make it suitable for various uses of uses, ranging from use as a cold oil in dressings, to the healthiest oil for frying, to cosmetic and skincare applications, to a mixing medium for oil paints.

For more information on cooking with and consuming each variety of safflower oil, see my post here.

So, when is sunshine best for your skin? (more…)

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Tamanu oil is a prodigy of an oil—it can do many things very, very well. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helps cells regenerate more quickly, is brimming with antioxidants, provides pain relief when applied topically, and studies have shown that it has some efficacy in successfully attacking a certain type of skin cancer cell.1

And it is a beautiful oil. It is also known as “green gold” and its colour is a unique, warm, blackened green. It is opulent and plush, with a rich almost-toasted odour. Is this what a dragon’s tears might look like?

Tamanu oil is, without a doubt, a valuable oil…but what can it do for your skin and, the Big Question: is it non-comedogenic? (more…)

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Oil-free: The myth

Although many oils have anti-inflammatory, nourishing, moisturizing, and wrinkle-reducing properties, the use of oils in skin care often gets a bad rap, especially in those products for acne-prone, oily, or combination skin. However, many oils are fantastic to use topically, even on acne-prone skin, and the right types of oils can even help reduce clogged pores and acne (see my post here about the popular Oil Cleanse Method)! However, many of the oils you see at the grocery store, the health food store, or listed in your skin care products, cause clogged pores and inflame acne. So, how can you know which oils are non-comedogenic?

Comedogenic simply means likely to cause comedones. Non-comedogenic, therefore, means unlikely to cause comedones!

A comedone is a plug of debris (made up of bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, and skin care ingredients)  filling a skin pore. Comedones commonly appear as blackheads and sometimes as whiteheads. Comedones trap the oil that normally flows out of pores and a pimple will often develop around this trapped oil.

How to use oil in skin care: What matters?

How much of an oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Product ingredients are listed in order of inclusion—from most to least. Therefore, if an oil is found close to the end of a list of ingredients, there is likely little oil in the product.

What type of oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Some oils are much more likely to cause comedones than others.

Type of skin and pore-size must also be considered when choosing a product, as these also affect the comedogenecy of that product. Those with dry skin often have small pores—these pores do not let much oil out or much debris in and rarely develop comedones. Those with oily skin often have larger pores to release a larger amount of oil on the skin—these pores can collect quite a bit of debris and often form quite obvious comedones.

The type of product influences its comedogenecy. A cleanser—typically left on the skin for a short period of time—is unlikely to clog pores. A moisturizer—typically left on the skin until it is washed off—is more likely than a cleanser to clog pores. Even toners can cause clogged pores if they contain comedogenic ingredients.

Comedogenic or common sense? Read the oil comedogenecy chart and find out more! (more…)

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As if you need another reason to love avocado. Check out this video of how to make a great all-natural avocado hair conditioner. Avocado oil has a useful pairing of properties: it is very nourishing and absorbs well into skin and hair. It also penetrates quite quickly and so provides deep moisturization. The flesh of an avocado is soft and rich in oil—blend with a few other ingredients and find out how simple it is to make this dry hair treatment in your kitchen!

Thank you, David Suzuki and Coulter Cosmetics!


Something to keep in mind…
do not use avocado oil on oily or acne-prone skin. It’s a little too rich for those skin types!

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Oil and our skin: If the thought of applying oil to your face makes you cringe, you’re not alone— I closed my eyes and took a few deep breaths the first time I used the OCM. Adding oil to skin that is already burdened with oil, makeup, and grime seems counter-intuitive—and no surprise. Every year millions of dollars are spent advertising oil-free skincare and cosmetic products and many of us are instructed to completely avoid topical applications of oil. In some cases, this is for the best—one must be selective when choosing which oils to put on the skin. Many oils do clog pores and can feel uncomfortable or heavy, but using certain oils in skincare actually promotes clear, healthy skin.

Read on for more information and to learn how to clean your skin with oil! (more…)

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