You may remember an article I recently wrote about purchasing essential oils at GNC – a very, very unlikely place to find beauty products, GNC is a vitamin shop and a one for athletes and those focused on fitness and well-being. But I did purchase some essential almond and apricot oil there, and I have used them so much! The big bottle was only five dollars, while the small bottle was two dollars. Pretty affordable!
When I first started to use the oils, I didn’t know what I was doing, so I ended up with greasy hair and had to re-wash. Since then, I’ve gained a little “oily” experience, and know how to put these essential oils to good use.
- Hair – Essential oils make great hair treatments, and if done right, can even be used as a leave-in conditioner. However, I don’t recommend doing this for the first time before a hot date! We were taking family photos at the beach and I used too much oil and had to re-wash my hair, thus making everyone late. If you’re going to use this as leave-in conditioner, choose the apricot oil and put a few drops into your hand. Rub into your palm, then smooth over hair and comb thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use a handful of the oil as a conditioning treatment overnight. After washing and conditioning your hair, while wet! Add in a palmful of oil and comb thoroughly. Wrap your hair up in a towel, throw it into a loose bun with a beanie on top, and leave overnight. The towel or cap will keep heat from your head in your hair and will help the oil to sink into your hair and provide many more benefits.
- Nails – The almond oil can make great cuticle oil! Rub a little bit onto your cuticle area and it will soften and moisturize.
- Complexion – The backs of the bottles do not clarify whether or not the oil is non-comodegenic, so I do not suggest this for those who have oily or acne prone skin. You use a few drops of apricot (which helps erase fine lines) oil as a moisturizer for your face. Just rub into your palm and apply.
- Skin – The almond oil works wonders for your skin. I use this oil as lotion. It does not offer a scent, which can come in handy sometimes. But when you look at your skin in the light, it will sparkle. Something in the oil reflects light beautifully, and you’ll look like (don’t say it, don’t say it!) … Edward.
- Relaxation – Drop some almond oil into a warm bath for a soothing, moisturizing bath time. It’s more natural and moisturizing than baby oil, plus a lot less greasy! Just make sure to double rinse the tub afterwards so you don’t slip in the shower.
I hope you all enjoy these techniques that work wonders; see a definite improvement in skin and hair condition!
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