My Top 5 Favorite Cold-Pressed Oils

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My Top 5 Favorite Cold-Pressed Oils | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

1. Avocado Oil

Although olive oil is my favorite oil to cook with, Avocado oil is the first oil that got me hooked on natural skincare. Avocado oil is so beneficial to our skin because it is mostly made up of proteins and unsaturated fat. Because the third layer of our skin (subcutaneous tissue) is made up of mostly fat, this oil is absorbed deeply and easily into the skin. Thus, it is a great moisturizer for the winter or fun to use as a base oil in a DIY serum. I used this during my winter semester in Rexburg, ID. I would press it into my skin at night, after washing and toning, and every morning I woke up my skin looked so healthy! So much brighter and clearer. I like Olivado’s Cold-pressed Avocado oil ūüôā

2. Olive Oil

To be honest, I use olive oil more to cook than I do for my skin. (Obviously, my husband is a native Italian and would rather use it to cook and for medicinal purposes.) However, extra-virgin olive oil has so many properties that can protect your skin, help it to heal, and is also a big lipid, so it absorbs into the skin deeply.

I have Normal/Dry skin, and I love using olive oil in a sugar scrub that I make in the winter, for added moisture. I would not recommend olive oil for someone with oily skin because it will most-likely break you out. If you do use it, there is no need for a moisturizer. Just pat your skin dry after rinsing the oil off ¬†and carry on with your day. While this Oliveto Olive oil is fine for cooking, I would recommend¬†La Tourangelle, Bragg’s , or Colavita Premium Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive oil (these options have retained most of their nutrients because it is the “first press” of the olives and it hasn’t been diminished in any way by heat).

3. Coconut Oil

My third favorite oil is probably most people’s top-favorite oil because their are so many multi-uses for it‚Äďskin, hair, body, teeth, cooking, baking, etc. I have come to realize that it has¬†everything to do with the kind of coconut oil you purchase. There is a giant tub of coconut oil at Winco that my husband and I get for cooking and baking, but I would never think about putting it on my face. It is “organic,” but I’m pretty sure it has been processed through heat because it has a funny metallic smell to it.

Other brands, like Nutiva or Nature’s Way¬†have a wonderful, natural smell of coconut to them. It just makes you want to use it more and more often! I like using coconut oil to remove my makeup, or as a first-step oil-cleanse mixed with 1/3 castor oil.

4. Macadamia Nut Oil

Again, Macadamia Nut oil is used more for my hair, but it is also extremely rewarding¬†for your skin! You know how buttery and rich macadamia nuts are? Well, that’s exactly how the oil is. It is not heavy like olive oil, but it is strong with fatty acids which are very similar to human sebum, which the skin secretes in order to protect the skin.

After I delivered my daughter, my skin was so dry and dull-looking. I used this oil on my face day and night, as an oil detox, to help my skin gain some nutrients and moisture back. I also like to use a pea-size amount of this Olivado Macadamia Nut Oil on the ends of my hair after I get out of the shower to keep from getting split ends and brittle hair. Last time I went in to get my hair done, the man cutting my hair just kept staring at the ends of my hair saying, “Your hair looks so healthy!….it’s so healthy!” I assume it must be working ūüėČ

5. Grapeseed Oil

Last, is this beautiful blessing from God! (The grapeseed oil pictured above is not nearly as wonderful as the cleaner, expeller-pressed, extra-virgin grapeseed oils I will recommend). Grape seed oil is the ultimate anti-aging oil. The grape itself has so many elements to it that help slow the aging process within our cells and organs. Using it topically will help you rebuild collagen after exfoliating, or if you are suffering with scars.

I used this oil as a massage oil for my husband. Just add some lavender oil and it’s that much more aiding to your skin and body as a whole. I would HIGHLY recommend checking out one of these purer Grapeseed oils by¬†La Tourangelle or Heritage.

 

What’s your favorite oil? What do you use it for?

Let me know in a comment below!

My Favorite Summer Skincare Routine

Summers in Italy were amazing. Not just for the touring, the food, and my family; but for the humidity, the long sunny days, and being outside everyday. Here is one routine that has stayed with me for a few summers because it usually results in a clear complexion and gives my skin a nice detox for a season.

 

My Favorite Summer Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

My Favorite Summer Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

1. Face Wipes

Although oil cleansing is the newest fad now, face wipes are¬†the lazy girl’s way of quickly cleaning up. Whether you’re¬†short on time or too tired to deal with the rest of the routine, face wipes are a nice way of reassuring yourself that you’re not going to bed with a face full of makeup. These chamomile and white tea face wipes are one of my favorites. But, I’ve also enjoyed the Simple face wipes, Acure Argon Oil wipes, and Yes to‘s large towelettes.

2. Gel Cleanser

I have normal/dry skin, so I don’t usually get too oily during the summers. However, it has been recommended that gel formulas will help to clean your skin without striping the good, natural oils of your skin. This La Roche Posay Foaming Gel Cleanser lathers up great and feels wonderful during the hot months.

3. Brush Exfoliator

It has been proven, time and time again, that a good exfoliating brush not only helps to give you a deeper cleanse, but also to regularly keep your skin exfoliated and fresh. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been using this electronic Olay Pro-X Facial brush for almost four years now, and it works great!

You can also manually brush with this Japanese Massage Brush or look at a more advanced investment with the Mia 1 Clarisonic for $130. There is also a travel-friendly, dirt-cheap, highly reviewed option coming out in more stores: Cleansing Pads. If you are going to do this physical exfoliation, I would strongly suggest not doing it more than once a day. You don’t want to over-exfoliate and damage your epidermis layer.

4. French Toner

There’s something way more romantic about something when the word “French” is placed in front of it.¬†Mathilde Thomas, founder of the French skincare company, Caudal√¨e, said in her book The French Beauty Solution:

…beauty is not something you turn to in a panic when a wrinkle or pimple appears, but that it’s far more important to see it as a ritual…[those lessons] were reinforced whenever I returned to the Alps, or went to the vineyard in Bordeaux.”

I used La Roche-Posay‘s Toner in my routine, but I would also recommend trying Caudal√¨e’s Grape Water that is 100% organic and is extracted from grapes in Bordeaux. It’s very gentle and works as a humectant to help absorb any moisturizer you add later.

5. Oil Moisturizer

When it is super hot outside and you tend to be oilier than usual, it’s good to stick with a light, fast-absorbing moisturizer. Bio Oil has been rated one of the top-selling¬†oils for diminishing stretch marks and scars. It has calendula, lavender, rosemary & chamomile oils as well as Vitamin A and E. I would recommend using a powder foundation if you’re planning on using this during the day.

6. High Day-Time SPF

Contrary to popular belief, wearing sunscreen will not diminish your ability to tan during the summer. It simply protects you from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. And no one wants to age faster or damage their skin. Thus, going for a high-SPF sunscreen that is “broad spectrum” is always a good thing. We don’t want to end up looking like Bill McElligott in our 70s, right?

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There are SO many options out there for a face sunscreen, don’t give up because one might have caused some acne. A few of the highest-rated ones I have come across are: BareMinerals ¬†Daily Prep Lotion, it’s not greasy, light, and doesn’t clog pores; Neogen’s Day-Light Protection which not only protects your skin, but promotes anti-aging with natural ingredients; and KICHO’s Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream that is lightweight, has a beautiful glowing finish instead of a white cast, and is made with¬†fermented soy beans (helping to fight off bad bacteria).

7. Large Humidifier

Last, but probably the most important is a humidifier. Italian summers are extremely humid. Today, in Rome, it is 73¬ļF with 88% humidity. The summer that I went to visit it was consistently in the 80s with a humidity in the 80-90 percentile. However, this curse is such a blessing. Charlotte Cho, registered aesthetician suggests:

‚ÄúDewy is the opposite of oily, though‚Äďit‚Äôs a fresh look, not a greasy one‚Ķ.combat drying air with humidifiers…invest in a humidifier that will add moisture to the air.‚ÄĚ

While the heat is opening up your pores and detoxing your skin, the humidity helps to add moisture. That’s why it constantly feels like your sweating, when it’s really just the moisture in the air. While most of the Mediterranean has a nice “dewy” summer, most of the western hemisphere has a very dry summer (especially here in Utah and Southern California). So, investing in a large humidifier and running it at night will help to seal in the moisture that you might be losing during the day. Cho adds, again:

‚ÄúDuring the day, your skin is working to protect the rest of your body, and then it repairs itself at night. It does most of its restoration between 10PM and 4AM, so you‚Äôll see maximum benefit from any hydrating products you use during those hours.‚ÄĚ

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

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My Favorite Water-Based Cleansers Under $10

A couple days before I created this blog, I sent out a survey.¬†One of the posts that interested many¬†of my readers¬†was this one. This makes me so happy, knowing that I am catering to an audience that doesn’t give into the propaganda of consumerism. Don’t get me wrong. I love a little luxury once and a while, and I enjoy experiencing¬†new brands. However,¬†there should¬†always a line when it comes to spending money. And there is no amount of money spent on products that could¬†make up for the adventures this world has to offer, or true¬†happiness that is exponentially greater than¬†materialism.

My Favorite Water-Based Cleansers Under $10 | Fairest of them All: A Skincare Blog

My Favorite Water-Based Cleansers Under $10 | Fairest of them All: A Skincare Blog

Although a cleanser is only on your skin for a few seconds, it’s important to get one without sulfates or ethyl alcohol near the top of the ingredient list. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, this a sign your cleanser might have a main ingredient that is stripping it. Charlotte Cho, founder of the online Korean skincare company Soko Glam,¬†concurs that

…tightness isn’t a sign of skin being clean, but a sign of damage. Cleansers that are too alkaline over dry your skin…it can also make your oil glands try to overcorrect by producing too much oil.

My husband and I¬†have used and experienced great results with the following cleansers. If you’re interested, you can click on each cleanser to see where to purchase it.

NUBIAN HERITAGE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP [$4]

There’s something nice about a fresh bar of soap. It’s simple, tangible, and savory in a minimalistic sort of way. Black Soap is a traditional remedy in Africa for its healing properties and nourishing source of Vitamin E (typically known for fading scars). This¬†hardened mixture of plant-based ashes, oils, and oats¬†is soothing to sensitive skin, yet helps to gently exfoliate when used with a wash cloth.

RAW HONEY [$6-8]

Who wouldn’t want to smear honey all over their face at the end of the day? Seriously though, this cleanser is a treat. Literally. And it’s one of the cheapest, long-lasting cleansers I’ve bought. There is a significant difference between regular honey and raw honey¬†so it’s important to look for a thick, unmoving raw honey online, in your local Sprouts or Winco. Raw Honey, which is unfiltered and contains pureed pollen has a much higher antibacterial rate. That means that this natural cleanser will help to prevent acne from popping up. My teenage brother used it a few years ago when I came to visit and he attested that it felt “so soothing” on his broken-out skin.

BURT’S BEES SOAP BARK & CAMOMILE DEEP CLEANSING CREAM [$8]

This cleanser is my standard go-to when I need to grab something quick, local, and cheap. It’s so invigorating with¬†a hint of menthol to add a cooling affect. Yet, it’s also super soothing and calming with the camomile and aloe ingredients. The fatty oils & alcohol help keep your skin moisturized, while healing it with the Vitamin E, soap bark, and plant extracts. I like using my Olay Pro-X brush (that’s one-fourth/one-eighth¬†the cost of a Clarisonic) for a nice deep clean.

BULLDOG NATURAL SKINCARE: ORIGINAL FACE WASH [$9]

I originally bought this Men’s cleanser for my husband. He resorted to using hand-soap on his face before, which cleaned his face, but also combatted the drying ingredients by filling up his pores with sebum. This resulted in constant blackheads around his nose.¬†Bulldog¬†cleanser is¬†plain,¬†herbal-smelling, and has 8 essential oils in it. After just one week of using this morning and night, the blackheads on my husband’s nose were gone and his pores had shrunk immensely!

COSRX SALICYLIC ACID EXFOLIATING CLEANSER [$9]

This Korean cleanser is an acne-fighting machine with tea tree oil and salicylic acid! Tea tree is a natural anti-inflammatory and sterilizer, while salicylic acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells. You get a large bottle for a great price, and only need a pea-sized amount each time you use it because it froths up into a rich, RICH lather. The first time I used this, I squirted out a nickel-sized amount, and soon realized I had way too much. It will probably last you, at least, a year.

Have you tried any of these cleansers? Do you have any favorite budget-friendly cleansers? Let me know in the comment section below!