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I also wrote about my favorite base butter for body lotions and butters – Cocoa Butter. It is simply the perfect natural ingredient for your skin to soak up! I am continuing my series about skincare by writing about the second important part of a great, healthy lotion – a superb carrier oil. Learn about my favorite carrier oils!
Remember, you need three parts (yes, that’s it!) to an excellent body lotion: base butter, carrier oil, and essential oils. Although I have many carrier oils that I love and use in my own skincare products, my three favorite carrier oils are jojoba oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.
Jojoba oil is not greasy, making it a wonderful choice for skincare products. In fact, jojoba oil very closely mimics our own skin’s sebum, so it is a welcome, all natural antioxidant ingredient for our skin!
Do you have oily skin? Because this oil (wax, really) so closely mimics our own skin’s sebum, we can actually “trick” our skin into thinking it has produced enough sebum, thus a decrease in oils being produced. This is good. Do you have dry skin or normal skin? Jojoba is also a great choice for you, as the moisturizing properties of jojoba are outstanding.
Jojoba oil is a mild smelling oil, just lightly nutty. This makes it a great carrier oil, as it does not overpower a base butter or other essential oils. Rather, they can work together and be complimentary. You can read more about jojoba oil here.
Almond oil is an extremely emollient substance, meaning that it easily makes skin very pliable, supple, and very hydrated. Have oily skin? No worries, this oil will work wonders for you, too. This oil is readily recognized by your skin as a “helper” and will help your skin maintain proper PH levels. It seems odd to put oil on oily skin, but there is substantial anecdotal evidence from almond oil users showing support for the way it makes their skin breakouts decrease. You can read more about almond oil here.
Contrary to popular media, we need saturated fats in our lives. They are required for our body to function properly. What you need to know is that not all saturated fats are created equally. Unlike most other conventional saturated fat oils you will find at the store, coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). What does this mean? Instead of being mainly made up of long-chain fatty acids (which are the bad ones), our body can much more easily process MCFA and use them for good in our system.
So, since we are talking about using coconut oil outside of our bodies, why does this matter? Well, our skin is able to lap up coconut oil and use it for good. The very powerful antioxidant qualities of coconut oil are able to easily penetrate our skin and be put to good use (i.e. moisturizing and eating up free radicals roaming around).
Another thing to consider with MCFA is lauric acid, which is the most important MCFA in coconut oil. Do you know where you naturally find lauric acid in its best, purest form? Breast milk! Lauric acid is essential for healthy immune functions in our bodies. As I discussed in Skincare 101 post, our skin is that barrier to keep bad things from getting in, but to also keep good things from getting out. It just makes sense to have something like lauric acid penetrating our skin to help with our immune functions, especially for those of us with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin diseases.
Coconut oil is great for yeast issues on the skin (and inside… think Candida), diaper rash, and sore nipples from breast feeding (please don’t use those awful lotions full of chemicals from the store; your baby eats here). I tried multiple products to alleviate my son’s diaper rash. NOTHING worked. Finally, with my personally created diaper rash concoction (with a heavy dose of coconut oil), it is gone COMPLETELY!
I should also note that coconut oil is a top ingredient in my Pronounce Skincare Products.
You can buy coconut oil at many health food and other grocery stores today. However, be aware that not all coconut oil is created equally! Coconut oil can be refined and unrefined, pressed and not pressed, extracted through methods of added heat and chemicals and not, organic or conventional. So, how do you know what to use? Let me save you the troubles of doing all of the research yourself (although, I certainly encourage you to do that).
I have used several brands of coconut oil, but I have found my one true love: Tropical Traditions. They have been amazing to work with, as my shipments always arrive quickly, not damaged, and exactly as ordered. They take their coconut business very seriously!
If you plan to use coconut oil solely on your skin (which I am not sure WHY you would do this… you need to eat it, too), it isn’t entirely necessary to purchase their top of the line “Gold,” but if you can afford it, I’d definitely recommend that you do so. The coconut oil I offer in the Pronounce Skincare shop comes from Tropical Traditions. I purchase in such massive bulk from them that I am able to offer better pricing, so check out my coconut oil offerings in my shop!