A hot oil massage not only moisturises your skin but also relieves stress. However, you can use even these common oils to enhance your beauty right from making your skin soft and supple to strengthening your hair. Here are ways you can use coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, sesame oil and almond oil for beauty.
Coconut oil: Hot oil therapy with coconut oil makes it thick and shiny is a known fact. However, its use as a soothing agent to deal with sun-damage is not commonly known. It also softens the skin and gives it a smoother and more youthful appearance. Massage your face with coconut oil at night and wash it in the morning.
Sesame seed (til) oil: The oil suits all doshas and is used as a daily body massage oil, keeping the skin soft and supple. Research has revealed that sesame seed has natural sunscreen properties of SPF 4. As far as the face is concerned, sesame seed oil can also be massaged on the face to relieve dryness.
Olive oil: Pure olive oil can be used both for the skin and hair and hence can be used to massage a baby's tender skin. If you have dry skin or have a flaky and sensitive skin, olive oil can have a healing effect. However, it should not be used on oily, acne-prone skin. As it helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the scalp, it can be useful for oily hair with dandruff.
Almond oil: It suits all skin types including sensitive or irritated skin.
A good massage oil, almond oil is beneficial for dry skin and helps relieve itching, soreness and dryness. It is reported to be soothing, healing, lubricating, softening, revitalising and nourishing.
Castor oil: It is used mainly for dry, brittle and damaged hair and also can darken hair that has become brownish due to sun exposure or nutritional deficiencies. However, Shahnaz Husain says you always shampoo and rinse the hair well after its application, so that oily residue does not remain on the scalp.