5 All-Natural Oils & Butters That Beat Coconut Oil
Moisturization and rejuvenation are key to every skincare regimen, but it doesn’t have to involve a complicated routine with creams and lotions, tinctures and potions… there’s a simpler way to nourish & rejuvenate your skin, fight the signs of aging and get the youthful glow you’re going for. And while many consider coconut oil to be the richest moisturizing oil out there, the Amazon rainforest offers some incredible superfruits with far greater moisturizing properties, plus additional benefits.
The people of the Amazon have been using oils and butters found in rainforest superfruits to protect and moisturize their skin and hair (among other uses) for centuries. Those of us in North America are just starting to learn about the skin rejuvenating and hydrating benefits of these wonderful and all-natural oils and butters.
You can use them alone, or they can be easily mixed with your favorite essential oils to create a unique moisturizer that’s all your own. You don’t need a complicated mixture of ingredients and you definitely don’t need sulfates or parabens.
Best of all, each of these magical ingredients is gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be used all over the body as well as the face Their anti-inflammatory properties are not only great for sensitive skin, but also for blemish-prone skin and some of them even have additional properties to treat minor rashes or injuries and even chronic conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Because of their high fatty acid content, they also absorb extremely quickly to the skin, providing deep moisture without clogging pores.
Coconut oil doesn’t offer near as many perks!
Although it’s very similar in texture to coconut oil, babassu oil is more deeply moisturizing and lightweight. It also increases your skin’s ability to retain moisture, so that once the oil is applied, it keeps your skin hydrated for longer. However, babassu oil melts on contact with your skin, then dries quickly so that it doesn’t leave behind a greasy, oily residue or clog pores. As it dries it also creates an invisible barrier on the skin to protect it from pollutants and prevent breakouts.
This golden oil comes from the seeds of the andiroba tree, which is native to South America. The oil is a rich emollient, and has been used as an effective treatment for dry, cracked skin. Andiroba oil is also anti-inflammatory and can reduce aches and pains when massaged into the skin. It’s a known fact that the Brazilian football team uses the oil after matches to aid in muscle recovery. Insects don’t like the oil, giving it the added benefit as an insect repellant that’s completely natural.
As the richest natural source of beta carotene (even more than carrots), buriti oil has incredible anti-oxidative power that, combined with its excellent emollient properties, helps protect the skin from photodamage and free radicals while deeply moisturizing. It’s high vitamin A and E content provides more rejuvenation than even one of the most popular oils: argan. When used on your skin, buriti oil helps to re-hydrate and restore the skin’s elasticity. It also has great anti-inflammatory properties to help treat redness, rashes, irritation and sensitive skin.
Brazil Nut oil
Another powerful moisturizing oil, Brazil nut oil is rich with nutrients such as Vitamin E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, which make it excellent for treating dryness and flakiness and even help treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Brazil nut oil is also packed with antioxidants and is essentially the richest natural source for selenium, a powerful nutrient that helps fight inflammation.
Studies have found that cupuaçu is one of nature’s strongest moisturizers, even more moisturizing than shea butter or lanolin. Its water retention capacity is 240 percent of its own weight, meaning that it will not only provide rich moisturization, but it will also keep your skin moisturized for a long time; up to eight hours after application! Cupuaçu also seals in the moisture to increase the skin’s overall hydration. This helps it to improve the skin’s elasticity, treat blemishes and minor injuries, and improve the youthful appearance of your skin.
So, skip a complicated moisturizing routine and put aside the coconut oil and go straight to the source for rich hydration and nourishment of the skin: Amazonian superfruits.
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