For the team at Gypsea, life doesn’t get any better than spending a day on an Aussie beach, toes dipped in the soft golden sand, with a good book in hand, and all while soaking up the radiance of the sun’s ray! BUT, there is one downside… ultraviolet (UV) radiation (thanks to that pesky hole in the ozone layer), which depletes skin’s moisture causing extensive damage and premature ageing.
Frighteningly, UV cannot be seen or felt and the UV levels across Australia vary depending on the time of day and year, cloud cover, altitude, scattering and reflection.
So apart from wearing sunscreen (obviously), what else can be done to protect skin from damage caused by exposure to those nasty UV rays? We suggest using at least one or two of the following oils courtesy of good ol’ mother-nature and all of which have a whole bunch of other healthcare benefits too (winning!):
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is the liquid gold of skincare and a quintessential super-food. It acts as a skin emollient providing a softening and soothing effect, reducing flaking and redness. It also penetrates the superficial layer of the skin’s surface to strengthen underlying tissue and promote cell regeneration.
Coconut oil has been scientifically proven to support immunity, benefit digestive disorders and reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. It also speeds up the body’s metabolic rate (if you consume two tablespoons per day), reduces sugar cravings and acts as an appetite suppressant.
Use as a cooking oil, general health supplement, conditioning treatment for hair and as a face/ body moisturiser.
2. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is a pure and natural plant extract produced in the seed of the jojoba tree native to Southern Arizona, Southern California and Northern Mexico. Although labelled an ‘oil’, it feels more like a wax.
The chemical make-up of jojoba oil closely resembles the natural oil (sebum) produced by human skin, which is why our skin soaks it up so well! It is ideal for sufferers of either oily skin or dry skin, as it regulates the amount of sebum our skin produces.
Jojoba oil soothes and nourishes dried and cracked skin and contains vital nutrients which promote and maintain skin suppleness (i.e. vitamin E, B complex vitamins, and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc).
A little bit goes a long way, with only two or three drops required to provide an adequate level of moisture.
Use as a face/body moisturiser and hair conditioning treatment.
3. Aloe vera
For centuries, aloe vera has been used for its medicinal and healing benefits. Applied topically to skin, the gooey gel produced by this plant hydrates and replenishes skin’s moisture and also speeds up the healing of cuts and wounds. Containing antioxidants, vitamins C, E & B, allantoin and minerals, aloe vera is often the ‘go-to’ treatment for painful sunburn.
Aloe vera can also be taken as a liquid supplement (mixed with water) to maintain digestive health and treat inflammation.
Use as a face/body moisturiser and general health supplement.
4. Rose hip oil
Rose hip oil has long been praised for its skin healing properties. Clinically proven to fade scars, stretch marks and even wrinkles with long-term use, rose hip oil regenerates skin cells and repairs damaged skin tissue.
Packed with potent vitamins A & C and essential fatty acids, it also provides relief for other undesirable skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Use as a face/body moisturiser.
5. Argan oil
In the last few years, argan oil has been touted by cosmetic companies globally as the ‘ultimate’ hair care product. It is an ideal hair styling agent as it adds shine, tames frizzy ends and injects moisture into neglected, dry, sun-bleached and colour-treated hair.
Extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree, it is rich in beneficial nutrients, including fatty acids and vitamin E.
As argan oil easily absorbs into the skin, it is also a proven effective treatment for flakiness and dryness.
Use as a hair and scalp treatment and overall body moisturiser.