Summer seems like the exact opposite time when you’d want to be massaging oil into your skin. After all, everyone’s T-zone becomes an oil slick for three months, and don’t even get us started on the root situation. However, oils your secret weapon for fixing your summertime beauty dilemmas. Read below to find out how to make friends with oils during the hottest and stickiest of seasons!
- Frizzy hair: A little bit of oil goes a long way to tame an unruly summer mane. Oil can help fight frizz because it wraps around the hair cuticle and prevents it from absorbing water and expanding. The absolute key, though, is to apply the smallest amounts in increments – always use less than you think you need – otherwise you’ll end up with grease. For an overnight style, start with clean, towel-dried hair. Apply a small amount of oil (like Macadamia Oil’s moisture spray) from the mid-lengths to the ends, and let air dry. Before you go to bed, put your hair in braids or a bun (or space buns!), and hit the sack. The next morning, take out your style and arrange your glorious waves or curls. Use a tiny amount of oil to go over the ends again and groom flyaways, and sashay away into the summer heat.
- Breakouts: When sweat, makeup, and oil mix, it’s a recipe for disaster. If you find yourself playing connect-the-dots with your zits, try turning to oils to battle the breakouts. First, use a cleansing oil (like the K-beauty girls do) before your traditional foaming/gel cleanser to get a thorough, deep clean, without stripping moisture from your skin. A cleansing oil we’re loving right now is Island Apothecary’s everyday cleanser — the avocado oil in it is packed with healthy fatty acids. Next, use an oil with acne-fighting properties to reduce inflammation. Products like LOLI Beauty’s Tea Seed Elixir or Maya Chia Supercritical omega-3 chia seed oil contain ingredients like Tea Tree oil, Chia seed oil and Salicylic Acid to fight bacteria and exfoliate skin.
- Dry skin: No matter how humid it is outside, the combination of saltwater, chlorine, freezing offices, and scorching sidewalks can dry out your skin faster than the Sahara. When your normal body lotion just isn’t cutting it, try mixing in a few drops of a body oil to help strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier. A moisturizing balm like Lauren’s All Purpose Salve is great for healing extra dry elbows, heels, and cuticles – plus, it’s super easy to throw in your bag and go.
- Ingrown hairs and razorburn: Nothing puts a damper on a beach day like painful razor burn or unsightly bikini bumps. Next time you shave, try incorporate oil. If you’re still experiencing razorburn even with a fresh razor, try using a body oil like The Whisker Pre – Post Shave Oil to shave instead of soap or shaving cream. It will soften your hairs, and give you a smoother, closer shave – plus, no need to rinse off! Just pat dry when you step out of the shower. If it’s bikini bumps that are bothering you, try using a bikini oil like Bliss’s Your Situation Oil – it has a potent blend of oils to soothe irritation and keep pores clear.
- Bad breath: Oil pulling can work wonders to freshen your breath and whiten your teeth – it just takes a little getting used to. First thing in the morning (before you eat!), swish a teaspoon or two of coconut oil (the most popular choice!) around your mouth for as long as you can. Start off swishing for at least a solid minute, and try to build up to five. When you’re done, spit into a trash can (never down the drain), then brush as usual. A great way to get started oil pulling is with Kopari’s Oil Pullers — they’re mini packets of coconut oil in three flavors that will ease you into this new habit.
Written by Mallory Huron
Model: Deepti Sheladia @Deeptimua