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The Top Benefits of Natural Emollients

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Today we want to talk about the benefits of natural emollients. We live in a world where everything is heavily advertised. Things as simple as emollients are sold to us under names that we can’t even pronounce well. To break it down for you, emollients are an essential component of moisturizing the skin and hair. They fill in the fine lines and dry patches and smoothen it out.

Emollients have existed amidst us for as long as we can remember. However, over time, they have been modified through chemicals. We need to remember that natural products are safer, which is why we will be talking about some natural emollients and natural emollient properties.

Shea butter

Sourced from the shea tree’s kernels, shea butter is the best friend for people with extremely dry skin types. This emollient works like magic by providing deep hydration to the deeper levels of the skin. There are two grades of shea butter – refined and unrefined. Refined grades have a low concentration of unsaponifiable, while unrefined grades have a high level of unsaponifiable. The unrefined grade of shea butter is more in demand, though.

Castor oil

This affordable and highly effective emollient is derived from the seeds of the castor plant. It can be used in 3000 different ways. So, you can understand how magical it is. Castor oil contains about 90% ricinoleic acid and is a stable form of triglyceride. It is globally sold and used. People love it for its impeccable lubricating property. From skin to hair and nails, castor oil takes care of all your grooming needs. It is also inexpensive, which makes it accessible to just about anyone.

Squalene oil

This oil is just gaining its much-deserved popularity in the world of skincare. Being derived from olive oil, squalene oil is based on hydrocarbons. It has proven its capability of increasing cell turnover while decreasing fine lines. People with dry skin types are sure to love this lightweight emollient.

Argan oil

Argan oil has high levels of tocopherols, which is an excellent ingredient to be present in an emollient. The level of unsaturated fatty acids in this oil is over eighty percent. Over thirty percent of the unsaturated fatty acid in argan oil comprises Omega-6. Argan oil makes for amazing hair oil and imparts glow to the skin when used as a facial oil.

Cocoa butter

Derived from whole cocoa beans, cocoa butter is one of the most popular emollients, as every other moisturizer in the market claims to have cocoa butter. Its consistency reminds of edible butter, and the scent takes you back to a chocolaty fantasy. It is very easily available and provides baby-smooth skin.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil can easily be called the most lightweight of all emollients. It is not only used in skincare but also in hair care. Jojoba oil is quickly absorbed by your hair and skin without leaving any sticky residue. This makes it perfectly fine to be used under makeup and sunscreen.

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Natural Beauty Products for Healthier Hair

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We all know that summer brings the heat, the humidity, and, sadly, the damage. Those beach days and pool dives will catch up to you sooner or later, and commercial products often pack stripping and drying agents into their cleansers or styling creams. But don’t let that get you down! We’ve found some natural products that are sure to keep your hair healthy this season. Going back to basics can help strengthen your hair and can improve the overall length with time!  Use these natural beauty products for healthier hair this summer!

1. Coconut Oil
Depending on who you know, this may be either the most underrated or overrated beauty product on the shelves today. However, it’s one of the holy grails of shiny locks, particularly for curly ones. It not only adds life and shine to hair, but it also stimulates hair growth! Coconut oil is actually a solid oil, meaning it can melt down into a liquid but can be stored on a shelf. With such a long lifespan, this is one product you should definitely check out

2. Jojoba Oil
Pronounced “ ho-ho-ba,” this oil comes from the seed of a plant that originates in the desert. Though grown in such a dry climate, this oil will do anything but leave hair dull, frizzy, and dry! This oil reaches deep and gets rid of a lot of impurities while also sealing in moisture and repairing split ends. It’s great for ALL hair types because it breaks down all the extra grease and oil while balancing out the natural moisture your body produces. Remember to always try and get your oils cold pressed and organic if possible and to make sure the oil still has all of its powerful nutrients.
3.  Apple Cider Vinegar
For those who are already on the “No Poo” regimen or are new recruits, Apple Cider Vinegar comes as no surprise to be on this list. For those who have never heard of “No Poo,” perhaps Co-wash makes more sense. Basically, the idea is that there’s no shampoo! So many shampoos contain harsh cleaning agents that strip the gunk and our natural oils away, leaving hair dry, dull, and thirsty. While Apple Cider Vinegar may not smell like gardenia and hibiscus, it gets the job done and cleans without drying. Try going a few days between washes so your hair can reap optimal benefits from its own oils.

Bonus: Here’s a recipe for my own Sea Salt and Lightening Spray for those who might want to get those beachy highlights and waves but want to avoid harsh chemicals and dying :

What you’ll need:
– Coarse Sea Salt
– A whole lemon or unrefined lemon juice
– An empty spray bottle
– Water

Directions:
1. Warm up enough water to fill about 75% of the bottle.
2. Add about ½-1 teaspoons of salt.
3. Add either a tablespoon or all of your lemon juice.
4. Close the bottle and shake it all around until the ingredients are nice and mixed.

To use:
Spray on damp hair and style as usual!

Tip:
Don’t use too much; salt is a drying agent! But using this spray every once in a while won’t cause too much damage.

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