Is the cold winter air drying out your skin? Are your nails brittle and breaking easily? Do you feel like there’s more hair in your hairbrush than on your head after you brush your hair? These six nutrient-filled oils straight from nature can repair and rejuvenate your skin, nails, and hair — leaving you gorgeous and glowing all season long!
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The vitamin E in plant-derived meadowfoam oil repairs damaged skin cells to help heal and fade scars. Plus, it’s also a light exfoliant that gently whisks away dead skin cells so scars look and feel less rough. Bonus: The oil helps diminish stretch marks as well! Just rub the oil into scars and stretch marks once a day.
Rich in vitamin A, the seed-derived oil encourages collagen production to firm creased skin on the décolletage. Even better? Its fatty acids hydrate and plump skin to “fill in” lines instantly. Just rub a dime-size amount of rosehip seed oil onto crepey skin twice a day.
Jojoba oil’s B vitamins promote healthy nail growth and mend damaged collagen in nail beds to reverse brittleness. And its wax esters repair rough, ragged cuticles so nails stay protected and strong. Warm two tablespoons of jojoba oil in the microwave, soak nails for five minutes, and rub in the excess oil.
Anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit’s oil calm redness and irritation on contact. Plus, pomegranate oil is packed with antioxidants that restore skin’s barrier to ward off future skin rashes. Just massage three drops of pomegranate seed oil onto irritated skin twice a day.
Extracted from olives, squalane absorbs deep into skin to replenish and lock in moisture. It also prevents the water loss that leads to dry patches in the first place.
Research shows that when rubbed onto the scalp daily, emu oil (derived from the fat of the Australian bird) shifts 80 percent of dormant hair follicles into the growth phase, boosting hair growth by eight percent in one month and by 48 percent within six months.
How it works: Compounds in the oil increase circulation to the scalp, delivering growth-encouraging nutrients like blood and oxygen to hair follicles. Plus, the oil soothes any inflammation on the scalp, reducing any hair-thinning fallout. Get the benefits by simply rubbing a dime-size amount of the oil onto the scalp nightly, then cover hair with a shower cap to prevent pillow stains and rinse out in the morning with shampoo.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.