Posts Tagged ‘jojoba oil’

If you live in Toronto, you know that yesterday was a beautiful day—a slight reprieve from the hot-as-sin temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, with just enough scattered showers thrown in to add that lush mid-summer-green smell to the air. Perfect, in fact, for a long walk in the ravine with the dog.

Now, I know, from unfortnate experience, that there is a particular breed of small brown biting ant that lives along the paths in this particular ravine. I know this because both my dog and I can, on occasion and if observed from a distance, be seen to be dancing along the path. We’re not dancing—we’re trying to escape the ants.

Yesterday, therefore, I went prepared. I was determined to walk sedately if I preferred, to step calmly, to stroll leisurely. To defeat those pesky little ants, I carried with me my own blend of jojoba oil and oil of lemon eucalyptus (50/50), which I smoothed over both my feet and my dog’s paws as soon as we entered the ravine. (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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Welcome to the blue-ribbon circle of oily skin oils.

When using oil as a moisturizer for oily skin, three things must be considered: texture, scent, and—most importantly!—ability of the oil to clog pores. See below for my top 3 oils to use to moisturize oily skin.

3. Jojoba oil: Almost completely non-comedogenic, medium odour, slightly rich in texture.

2. Grapeseed oil: Almost completely non-comedogenic, mild odour, and light texture.

1. High-linoleic acid safflower oil: Absolutely non-comedogenic, virtually no odour, beautiful golden colour, light texture.

Read my post on this wonderful oil.

Keep in mind that skin that is only moderately oily will benefit from the slightly richer texture of jojoba oil, and those of you without access to a good health food store will find it easiest to purchase grapeseed oil as it can often be found in better grovery stores. In other words, each of these oils is excellent for oily skin—try a blend of two and add a few drops of ylang ylang oil for added astringency!

To learn more about the comedogenecy of different oils, read my post on comedogenic and non-comedogenic oils and stay tuned for more Oil Olympics!

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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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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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