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Caring For Black Skin and Hair With Carrier Oils

Mother Nature's Liquid Gold for Natural Black Skin and Hair Care - Carrier Oils

We’ve talked a lot before about carrier oils and their benefit when it comes to essential oil use. However, did you also know that these wonderful, natural oils are also of great benefit to your beautiful black skin and hair?

What exactly is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or nuts. Normally, carrier oils are used to water down or dilute essential oils before you apply them to your hair or your skin. This is where the name carrier comes in because they carry essential oils onto the skin. For the skin, carrier oils are often used in massage and aromatherapy. However, they can also be used in a skin regimen for moisture and promoting healthy skin.

Carrier oils are sometimes referred to as super oils because of their ability to moisturize skin and hair. Therefore, they are a great source for those with dry skin who are seeking a way to combat dryness in their skin, without feeling like you poured oil all over your face.

Some of the More Common Carrier Oils

So, I’ve come up with a list of top carrier oils that are beneficial to your skin for you to learn more about and make a decision on which one or ones would work best for you. Remember that whatever you use on your skin, you should first test it in a small area in case you experience an allergic reaction to the oil(s).

Sweet Almond Oil – Calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins E and D are found in great quantities in sweet almond oil, thereby making it is a rich source of nutrients integral to healthy living. Aromatherapist and naturals alike both love this oil and tout it as one of their favorites.

In general, this oil is not harsh on the skin, making it less likely to cause any type of allergic reaction. It has a very light scent, so it won’t irritate your nose with any strong smell. However, like any oil, it does have a color and has the potential to stain sheets or clothing.

Sweet almond oil comes from almonds that are widely consumed in food and drink. So, many people are used to almond derived products. Sweet almond oil is ideal for dry skin and irritated skin because it nourishes and strengthens skin. Once you apply it to your skin, it is absorbed quickly without leaving a sticky or oily residue on your skin that could clog your pores.

When you apply sweet almond oil every day to your skin, it helps to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and even dark under eye circles. Daily application of sweet almond oil under your eyes has been known to effectively deals with dark circles, as well as blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. Because of the vitamin E in sweet almond oil, it has a firming effect on skin.

Avocado Oil - Avocado oil is a pressed oil used in food that comes from the avocado. Avocado oil is one of few oils that is not derived from seeds, but instead it’s from the pulp surrounding the avocado pit. It is chocked full of vitamins and nutrients that help to repair your skin and heal the body from the outside in! It is not often used on its own because it’s so thick, so normally it’s mixed with other carrier oils.

Avocado oil was originally extracted for cosmetic use because it is quickly absorbed through the skin. It is a very rich oil that is excellent at strengthening and nourishing skin from dryness. When applied to your skin, avocado oil adds a number of beneficial nutrients. Some of these are: Protein and Fats, Sterolin, Antioxidants, Lecithin and Potassium. All of these nutrients benefit in some way to a nourished, healthy, smooth and dare I say, age-defying skin.

Fractionated Coconut Oil -Coconut oil is a very well-known oil for skin and hair. It’s easy to say that coconut oil is the most popular oil on the market used for both hair, skin, and food consumption.

Coconut oil is derived from coconuts and is high in protein, saturated fats, vitamin E, and Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid. This is a light, clear, and odorless oil; and it is also a great carrier for essential oils. When applied to your skin it is absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Coconut oil is used on your skin as a makeup remover, a skin softener, anti-aging cream, and a treatment for scars or skin disorders.

Hemp seed Oil - This oil is derived from pressing hemp seeds. It has a high nutritional value because of its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which we all know is excellent for your body. You can find hemp seed oil in body care products and some limited use in the production of soaps, shampoos and detergents.

Of the many things hemp seed oil can do and is used for, it is also used as a natural sun block, anti-inflammatory, and even contains high amounts of Vitamin E and antioxidants. When it is used on your skin, it acts as a lightweight moisturizer, and it doesn’t clog your pores and leave your skin feeling greasy and gross. Hemp seed oil is well known for its ability to add shine and nourishment to skin, making it glow.

Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil, one of my favorite carrier oils, is a popular oil that is produced in the seed of the jojoba plant. Jojoba is actually a wax plant. It is a luxurious oil that is often used for many therapeutic and moisturizing regimens.

Jojoba oil has a composition that is very similar to our skin’s natural oil, which makes it ideal for your skin as a softener, moisturizer, and a source of nourishment. It’s popularity makes it highly sought after and kind of expensive. You won’t be disappointed when you use this on your skin.

Olive Oil - Cold pressed from olives, is not only one of the most well-known oils, it is also the most easily accessible because you can purchase it from your local grocery store. Olive is great for skin care, especially dry skin. If you ever have a chance to visit Italy, you’ll notice that many Italians have a beautiful glow to their hair and skin. This is a direct result of the olive oil used as part of their diet and skin care regimen.

Now that you’ve learned a bit more about these oils, go and take a look at the body oils and hair serums on our website.

That’s it for this week, As always …

Dedicated To Your Beauty,

Juliette Samuel,


Nyraju Skin Care
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