Is it time for an oil change?Nov 01, 2022
Oil has been the black sheep of the beauty world because of its greasy nature. But there are good oils for our diet and oils that can keep your skin glowing all winter long.
Over the last several years I have discovered oils that have benefited my health and my skin. I’m excited to share those with you. I think these will keep you free of rusting, creaking and cracking.
- MCT - MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides or medium chain fatty acids. It is known to have tremendous health benefits. Athletes swear it gives them more energy. It is not recommended if you have diabetes or high cholesterol. I add a tablespoon to my smoothies on Monday and Tuesday because those are low carb days in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. When we eat fewer carbs, we need to take in more healthy fats. Many people put it in their “Bulletproff” coffee to boost energy and reduce appetite.
- Avocado Oil – This oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation. I will use this oil as my dressing for salads or top it on my macro bowls. This is so good for dry, itchy or aging skin.
- Coconut Oil – I like to keep a jar of this in the kitchen and in the primary bath. You can cook with this at any heat unlike olive oil that will lose its health benefits at high heat. I also love this on my dry hair to add moisture and shine. It can also be used for oil pulling. It’s an Indian remedy used to enhance oral health. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Swishing draws toxins out of the blood so be sure and spit it out – don’t swallow it. It removes bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes. Probably more info than you would like but it is so beneficial. Hey – if we are going to be Golden Girls we need our teeth!
- Flaxseed Oil - This is really good for sensitive skin and conditions such as eczema. Flaxseed is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It’s so important for a healthy heart and complexion. I like to mix flaxseeds in my smoothies. You can also use the oil as a topical moisturizer. It has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
- Olive Oil – I also use this as a dressing for my salads. It is also good mixed with balsamic vinegar. But olive oil is great for the skin. Mediterranean women have used it as a moisturizer for centuries. Olive oil as well as coconut oil can be used as a lubricant in and around your genitals for lovemaking if dryness is a problem. Now that is an all- purpose oil right!
Anytime you wash your face, hands or body, you strip your skin of natural oils. Replace that oil with a moisturizer and keep your skin glowing all winter. Another key to keeping your skin healthy and glowing is to make sure you stay hydrated. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. That can be more challenging in the colder months so measure out your water and drink up.
Let me know if there is another oil you like to use in the colder months. Here’s to staying warm and having glowing skin this fall.