natural oils to fight oily skin

Best 6 natural oils to fight oily skin

Fighting oily skin with oils? Sounds crazy, huh? If you struggle with oily skin and clog pores is going natural the best way how to win this battle. Natural oils are great moisturizers that help to keep the skin smooth and healthy. The key is to choose right oils for your skin type.

Maybe you also experience this – applying expensive cosmetics products on your face that promised eliminate the shine and reduce oil production. You try them all, with no result. In fact, some of these synthetic products could make it even worse as they contain ingredients that trigger oil production and irritate the skin. I wish someone would tell me this when I was a teenager! Going natural is a safe and gentle way to get a healthy, radiant and smooth skin.

So which natural oils can help you to fight oily skin?

Jojoba oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

I love jojoba oil! It helps to control the production of sebum and has great regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to calm, protect and soft the skin. Its composition is very close to that of human sebum, so it tricks the skin to produce less oil. It contains Vitamin E and natural sunscreen. Especially in summer, it is a win-win! Let’s make it clear – jojoba oil is a wax that is liquid at room temperatures. It is light oil with yellow color that is easily absorbed.

Hemp seed oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Thanks to its regenerating, softening, firming and healing properties the hemp seed oil is one of the best oils used for oily and acne prone skin. It contains Omega 6 (linoleic acid), Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and chlorophyll which gives it its dark green color with a light nutty aroma.  This oil absorbs perfectly into the skin without leaving a greasy film.

Macadamia oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

The same as jojoba oil, macadamia oil is also very close to the naturally occurring sebum of the skin. It’s hypoallergenic and regenerates, nourishes, protects, softens, heals, soothes and calms the skin. This oil contains Omega 6 fatty acid that helps to balance sebum production in the oily skin and creates a natural protective barrier. It slows signs of premature aging and improves the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and sunburn. Macadamia oil has a thick texture and is completely absorbed by the skin.

Grapeseed oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds and has regenerating and astringent properties. It helps to regulate natural oil production, treat acne, tight the skin, diminish dark circles and reduce scars.  It is rich in Vitamin E and quickly penetrates the skin due to its light and thin consistency.

Hazelnut oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

This oil is great for oily skin, dilated pores and blackheads and has purifying properties. It helps to eliminate blackheads, control the production of sebum, nourish and protect skin and makes the skin more supple. It is usually made from roasted hazelnuts, has a stronger aroma and contains Vitamin A and E.

Rosehip oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Rosehip oil was the first natural oil that I tried, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is a perfect oil for oily skin. It can deeply penetrate the skin and help to get rid of the excess oil from the face. Rosehip oil also contributes to heal, regenerate and hydrate the skin and acne scars will fade faster. It has anti-aging properties and may reduce wrinkles. This oil contains Vitamin E and C, Essential fatty acids and Lycopene, the antioxidant, that helps to prevent premature aging and improve skin texture.

Boom! Are you ready to experiment? Finding the best facial oil for your skin type is pure gold!

Let me know how it went!

Your,

Madeleine xx

6 best oils for dry skin

6 best oils for dry skin: Make your skin glow

Do you suffer from dry sensitive skin? Have you tried various skin care products, but still never find the right one for you? I’ve been there, done that. But then I discovered the magic of natural oils! I would like to share with you 6 the best oils for dry skin.

You got me! I’m literally obsessed with facial oils!

Living on the Sydney beach is amazing, but not as great for my skin. Thanks to strong sun lights and salty water my skin suffers from dryness. After 2 years of non-successful attempts with a various range of conventional cosmetics products, I felt desperate.  Then I was lucky enough to spend two months in Bali. When I visited local markets I bought an organic coconut oil to give it a try. I was amazed by the result! It worked perfectly for me so I started to experiment with all types of oils. And I was hooked!

Here are my 6 the most favorite facial oils for dry and sensitive skin:

 Avocado oil

avocado oil for dry skin

Who doesn’t love avocado, one of our the healthiest fat? But have you know that you can spread avocado not only on the slice of bread but also on your skin? More precisely, avocado oil is extracted from the avocado tree that is native to Central Mexico. It supports skin regenerating and hydrating and makes the skin and hair more supple. It is quite thick and rich in vitamin A and E.  Avocado oil provides perfect protection and aftercare when your skin is exposed to the sun or the wind. There three different types available in the market: bright green (made from fresh pulp), dark green – almost brown (made from dried pulps) and pale yellow (has been refined, obtained from dried pulp). It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy film.

Evening Primrose oil

evening primrose oil for dry skin

This regenerating and softening oil, which is extracted from seeds of the primrose plant, is great for dry, wrinkled or damaged skin. It has yellow to pale green color and is thick and rich in vitamin E.

Jojoba oil

jojoba oil for dry skin

Currently my the most favorite oil, which is extracted from seeds of the jojoba shrub. Interestingly its composition is very close to that of human sebum (the natural oil which our skin produces). It helps to control the production of sebum, regenerate, calm, soften, and protect the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. As a bonus, it contains a natural sunscreen. Jojoba oil has a yellow color and is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperate. It absorbs very easily. This oil is my first choice in hot Australian summer.

 

Olive oil

olive oil for dry skin

We all know that extra virgin olive oil is perfect for our favorite salad, but have you know, that is the perfect treatment for your dry and sensitive skin too?  The olive oil is extracted from the ripe fruit of the olive tree and it contains vitamins A and E. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It comes in various shades of light green has an aroma that is more or less pronounced. When using olive oil for skin care, avoid an overly fruity scent.

Tip: Put a few tablespoons of olive oil to the bath water. Your skin will be smooth, soft and glowing.

Sunflower oil

sunflower oil for dry skin

This oil extracted from the seeds of sunflower is perfect for dry and very dry skin. It has softening and nourishing properties. It has a yellow color and a fruity aroma similar to that of sunflower seeds. The sunflower oil absorbs very well and is rich in skin soothing vitamin E.

Sweet almond oil

almond oil for dry skin

It is extracted from the kernel of sweet almonds and it helps to soothe, tone and soften the skin. The sweet almond oil may also help to treat minor burns. It has a pale yellow color and a very discreet scent, is rich in vitamins A and E. The sweet almond oil absorbs very quickly without leaving oily appearance.

Well, now you know my top 6 facial oils for dry skin. Now it is time to start experimenting and find the best one for you.

Can’t wait to hear about your favorite ones :).

Your,

Madeleine

 

 

 

The natural cure for acne: healthy diet

The natural cure for acne: Healthy diet

Are you wondering how you can win your battle with pimples? Is there a natural cure for acne? Luckily there may be a way… through healthy diet!

Fighting acne can be very exhausting. I still remember how terrified I felt when I woke up every morning before I checked my poor face in the mirror. Then I spent a couple of minutes trying to cover it with heavy makeup. The idea that other people could see my real face covered with huge red pimples was unbearable. I felt embarrassed, suffered from low self-esteem and sometimes, I preferred to stay at home instead of going out with my friends.

I have tried tons of acne treatment products, but nothing worked. I felt desperate.

All I wanted was to get rid of these red pimples and have pretty, healthy skin.

If you also suffer from acne, you are not alone. Acne, one of the most common dermatological conditions, is affecting millions of young adults worldwide.

It’s a complex hormonal problem, and other factors can bring it on or make it worse such as genetics and emotional problems. It also seems that making small diet changes can help you to get rid of or at least reduce pimples on your face.

From my health coaching experience, tweaking your diet can have a huge impact on your skin health.

You can eat your way to better, healthier, acne free skin.

How great is that?

Let’s have a look at what food groups you should avoid when fighting acne:

Foods high in refined sugars and fast food

Like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes raise your blood sugar level quickly and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can activate production of sebum. Sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, is responsible for clogging skin pores. When pores are blocked, they can easily be inflamed – swell up and go red. And voila, the pimple is here.

Dairy products

Also, spike your blood sugar level. They can contain added hormones and growth factors that may worsen your acne. Do you love milk and can’t imagine your life without it? Luckily, there are other alternatives like soy, unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk. However, remember, if you cut out dairy from your diet, you must get calcium from other sources. Here are a few calcium-rich foods Examples: beans, sardines, almonds, dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, bok choy, collards), oranges, chia seeds, quinoa, and seaweed.

Many people claim that going vegan helped them to get rid of acne. Cutting out dairy, fast foods, and sweets and a following healthy, balanced diet is one of the main keys to acne treatment. You don’t have to go extremes and give up meat products too.

Caffeine and alcohol

If you are a coffee lover, I have bad news for you. Unfortunately, coffee and alcoholic drinks can mess with your blood sugar levels too. Giving up of your favorite cup of coffee or Friday night drink may be hard, but it’s worth it; believe me.

healthy diet for acne free skin

I bet you are thinking right now: “Ok Madeleine, but what I should eat instead?”

When battling acne, a healthy, balanced diet is the key. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, swap white bread, rice or pasta for whole grain options and enjoy lean protein with every food. Don’t forget to have a portion of omega 3 fatty acids daily. They prevent inflammation and are found in fish like salmon or tuna, nuts, chia seeds or avocado.

Make these simple diet changes and keep it at least for 4 weeks long. After you notice a visible change in your skin condition, start slowly adding certain foods back in your diet to know how they work for you and your skin. If you break out one or two days later after a party or enjoying a box of chocolate, you will know what your triggers are – what food is best for you and what is better to avoid. I believe that everybody is different and knowing your acne triggers is a powerful weapon in your battle with pimples.

Be patient. Sometimes, it may take up to 12 weeks of diet change to see if a certain food is contributing to your acne. Don’t give up and eat your way in a healthy, flawless and glowing skin.

I wish you all the best and good luck on your journey to having a healthy, glowing skin!

Don’t forget to let me know about your experience. I would love to hear from you!

Your,

Madeleine