Cooking oils as Skincare oils: Do they actually work?

In my mid-teenage years, I was plagued with a massive pimple outbreak that led to tanning the complexion of my skin.

I desperately scanned through skin care aisles of drugstores and luxury beauty stores to find that magic skin-clearing portion.

To no avail, I turned to my mother for assistance and she recommended “skin care oils.”

Oils? My skin is already oily and greasy enough, why should I put more oil on it? was the first thing I could think of.

Little did I know I was ignorant of the nutritive healing properties oils have on the skin.

Oils won’t leave your face oily. And no, they will not make you break out. They are sealed with good-for-you ingredients like polyphenols, fatty acids, and antioxidants, to help reduce inflammation and give the skin a dewy glow.

These carrier oils help keep the face looking healthy and hydrated because they give your skin exactly what it wants: healthy oils.  Natural oils (because they do not contain any added fillers or chemicals) absorb easily into the skin, protecting the skin’s lipid barrier and prevent moisture from evaporating out of the skin.

These are 5 carrier oils that are renowned for their skin-cleansing properties.

Argan Oil:


This is my go-to skin care oil. I can tell you from experience that argan oil absorbs beautifully into the skin, leaving a satin finish without an oily residue. I got a lot of comments from people on how my skin was brighter and smoother whilst I was using argan oil.

Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. It is dermatologically proven extremely rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, this luxurious, non-greasy oil provides multiple conditioning and moisturizing benefits for the face, body and hair leaving all three with beauty and shine.

Other Dermatologically proven Benefits:

  • Stretch marks: Argan oil can help prevent stretch marks by improving the elasticity of the skin. Warm 2-3 drops of pure argan oil in the palm of your hands and gently rub your stomach, hips, thighs or any other potential problem areas. The vitamin A and vitamin E will help to rejuvenate the skin while moisturizing, making stretch marks less likely to form.


Note: It PREVENTS stretch marks, not CURE them


  • Hair conditioning:  Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.
  • Acne:  Acne is often the result of oily skin. Since argan oil is non-greasy, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture. Argan oil also contains anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation

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Almond Oil:


The almond oil is a lightweight, golden-brown oil which is extracted from sweet almond nuts. The oil from bitter almond nuts, on the other hand, is extremely poisonous and should be avoided.

One of the best characteristics of almond oil is that it is very light texturally. This makes it easy for skin to absorb it as well as for the oil to penetrate the skin deeply and get rid of accumulated debris. This, in turn, prevents the formation of acne.

A friend of mine uses almond oil as a cure for her dark circles and eye bags.

Essentially apply some underneath your eyes each prior to your sleep every night and in 2 weeks you will see the distinction.

Applying almond oil on the skin is basic and direct. Basically rub a couple of drops of almond oil into your skin in moderate, round movement for a couple of minutes. It is best to apply the oil on the clammy and clean skin with the goal that the retention of the oil is not obstructed by contamination or soil shown on the external layer of the skin. In this way, it is ideally best to use after a shower.

Results of almond oil :


Other dermatologically proven benefits:

  • Treats skin rashes
  • For healthy nails
  • For long and Silky Hair
  • As a massage oil

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Jojoba Oil:


Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is an unscented, brilliant fluid wax that is delivered from the seeds of the jojoba plant; gotten from a bush that is found in the parched locales of the Arizona, Mexico, and California.

Jojoba oil is great for all skin types — especially acne prone skin since jojoba actually breaks down excess sebum. Jojoba oil is an emollient — meaning it moisturizes our skin and prevents irritations or scaly and rough patches. If you have dry skin especially, Jojoba is also a great choice for you, as the moisturizing properties of jojoba are outstanding.

Other dermatologically proven benefits:

  • Makes your lips soft
  • Heals cracked heels
  • Balances oil production of the Skin , hence good for preventing acne

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 Coconut Oil:



The general favorite.

Brown and viscous carrier oil got from the coconut fruit.

Some people are reluctant to use coconut oil due to its thickness. However, coconut oil’s creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. Apply a quarter sized amount right after you get out of the shower so it can sink into your warm skin.

It can also be used for under the eyes. The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate, making it prone to fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. If you hate the idea of dropping big bucks on expensive eye cream, then sub in coconut oil. Just rub a pinch in between fingers to warm it up before putting it underneath your eyes.

With its distinct creamy and delectable scent, not only does it make a perfect all over body moisturizer, but it makes you smell good and can even be used to complement the scent of you’re a perfume or body spray. Once you’ve applied the oil on your skin, spray on your perfume or body spray onto your skin.

Other dermatologically proven benefits:

  • Can be used as a makeup remover: Apply coconut oil everywhere throughout the face with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off with warm water and lights soap. Most of it will be wiped off. Repeat again to completely wash it off.
  • Can be used as a lip balm.
  • Can be used as a hair cream/conditioner.

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These carrier oils can be used exclusively or mixed with each other in a blend that best suits your skin needs. Experts love them for their healing powers, and we’re fans of how lightweight, yet hardworking, they are. Not sure where to start? These are the best ones to look for on store shelves.












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