Don't they have lovely skin Source
Most people cringe at the thought of using oil on their skin especially on the face. There is a certain misconception that using oil on your face will cause breakouts. This is totally false unless your waterboarding with oil instead of water. I will highlight three oils that are easily available in Nairobi and are very good for the skin, hair and body.
Castor oil is a wonderful oil and has tonnes of uses. Castor oil has been described to leave the body better than it found it. For the skin, Castor oil is anti-inflammatory as well as non-comedogenic (which means it does not aggravate skin or acne). This healing and cleansing oil stimulates production of collagen and elastin and is a good emollient. Castor oil is very thick and a little goes a long way. It helps makes skin smooth, reduces wrinkles and prevents acne and when used in the OCM method, is a great cleanser.
Castor oil can be found in most major chemists and beauty shops in any town, plus in the major supermarkets i.e Uchumi, Nakumatt and Tuskys.Its also very cheap approximately Ksh 180 for about 150ml
Grapeseed oil is one of my favourite oils. Its very light and does not feel heavy on the skin. It is an astringent oil i.e. it tightens and tones the skin. The oil has very high levels of anti-oxidants which reduces/diminishes the sun's damaging effects while lessening free radical damage.Grapeseed oil has an SPF of 4. It contains more antioxidant power than Vitamin C and E. Its stabilises collagen, maintains elastin, evens skintone and fades blemishes. Grapeseed oil is also easily available in healthshops, supermarkets (Uchumi) and also chemists. Its also very cheap and goes for about Kshs 180 for 100ml.
Olive oil is not only healthy for cooking with but serves as a great all body moisturiser. It promotes a smooth and radiant complexion and has been used for skin for centuries. It maintains skins elasticity, high in anti-oxidants and it regulates sebum which is good for acne sufferers. When buying Olive oil, pick up Extra Virgin Olive oil which is the purest and is the least processed. Its relatively expensive, so its better to splurge out on Kshs 800 for a 750ml bottle and use it for your hair and skin while putting some aside for the kitchen. Olive oil is available in all supermarkets and food stores.
I use all this oils in some way or other.
My moisturiser is made up of a mix of Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Neroli Essential Oil. I use this everyday morning and night. My skin is relatively glowing and I get the occasional spot but not too often.I use olive oil in my body scrub which is honey, brown sugar and olive oil (use this 1-2times a week and my skin thanks me for it, (plus is oh so soft)
Oils have no nasty chemicals and by using them you can be sure that you are not introducing any nasty stuff in your skin.