The Beauty Edit: Getting Our Glow On With Natural Oils
Talented photographer Patricia Reyes has teamed up with her best friend, makeup artist Nina Belkhir, and sister, model Monica Reyes, to illustrate the beauty – glowy and glorious – of pure, plant-based oils.
We love oil. So much. Why? Because it’s the ultimate multipurpose product that often works for the entire body – skin and hair – while being completely natural and vegan. We’ve previously praised the wonder of hair oils, which are the perfect rescue for dry winter hair (read all about their potent properties and how to use them), and talked about how curly hairs crave them year-round.
Oils are a returning topic here on Make it last, and hair stylist Charlotte Mensah of Manketti Oils once told us about hers: “It took six years on the formula, branding, artwork, packaging and product development to create the collection. Manketti Oil delivers softness, weightlessness and shine to Afro, mixed heritage and all curly hair types, it also helps to maintain healthy hair by conditioning damage caused by styling the hair.”
Charlotte also said that if you’re looking for an alternative to coconut oil, Manketti is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (unlike the former) which form a barrier to help moisture retention, as well as being high in vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, zinc and copper. Hair love, in other words.
Simply put: hair oils are everything. Natural, plant-based oils – like jojoba, coconut, argan and castor – are pure and incredibly potent and hydrating. They work to protect, restore and nourish the hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. Most you can use for the skin too, making them the perfect all-over product, and God do we love those.
Then there is shea butter, of course, which has a solid consistency but possess very similar qualities to liquid oils. As previously stated: The high content of fatty acids, naturally occurring vitamins like A, E and F, and anti-inflammatory properties, make shea butter one of the most moisturizing and nourishing things you can put on your skin. Or in your hair, for that matter.
Herbalist Kari Jansen of body care brand Poppy and Someday is another woman who swears by her oils: “Oils are so calming and restorative to our nervous system, which can use some love at the end of a day. Put oil on your face and gently massage, finding all those marma points along your eyebrow, outside your nose and into those tight jaw points.”
Of course, oils have a wonderful way of hydrating and nourishing the body from the inside too, which is why Kari likes to add things like coconuts, seaweeds and raw oils on top of her foods. Yum. When interviewing her on her beauty routine for summer, it was no surprise that it involves some serious oiling:
“My favorite thing to do is lay naked in the sun and use Canyon Sun Oil to massage my body – it is so nourishing and relaxing. I am increasing blood flow, grounding my nervous system and then I can receive Vit D. Oils like Sea Buckthorn and Rosehip Seed Oil are natural sun protectors, allowing my mind and skin to look and feel amazing.”
And when speaking to Nuria Val, the founder of plant-based beauty brand Rowse, we only got more convinced. “I’ve always been a strong believer in the power of plants. From beauty to health to nutrition, plant-based solutions can truly improve our lifestyle. It’s been fascinating to study their properties and to find the right mix of ingredients for our first product: a body oil.” She continues: “I wanted to start this beauty adventure with oils because it’s the purest way to preserve the properties of a plant: it’s basically an extraction of raw plants, nothing more.”
Nuria also told us that she always travels with raw coconut oil for her hair. “Coconut oil is a basic ingredient that can do wonders. I love it because it keeps my hair hydrated, especially in places where the sun radiation is strong”.
What’s more, oils are hot. When we were all-absorbed by romance around Valentine’s, oils not-so-curiously came up. For a romantic massage, we think pure and organic coconut oil, almond oil or shea butter would be both pleasurable and sufficient; clean, all-natural and vegan, while at the same time being super moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. Is that a turn-on or what?
Now, do you need any more convincing? If there’s a reason not to start with plant-based oils, we can’t think of it. Let’s get that glow on!
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