Macadamia oil for skin care and more
Are you afraid to use oil on your skin? Before my journey into holistic skin care and natural health, I used to diligently avoid any skincare product that contained oil. The right types of skincare oils, however, work better than oil-free products to normalize oil production, reduce the signs of aging, and refine the skins texture. When selected according to skin type, natural oils do not cause oily skin or clog pores. Only when we use synthetic oils (like mineral oil) or some heavy (comedogenic) oils do we run into these problems.
In the past, I’ve experimented with numerous oils commonly used for skincare: coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, argan oil and many more. Greatly disheartened, I experienced breakouts with all of these oils and I found that jojoba oil was the only oil that did not break me out. Recently, when I tried macadamia oil (this exact one) with no high expectations, I was amazed that it didn’t break me out. I began using macadamia oil in my skincare routine with fantastic results.
While all skin types and individuals react differently to skincare oils, macadamia oil seems to be excellently tolerated by the vast majority. I’d encourage you to give macadamia oil a try if you are looking for an natural, economical and one-ingredient skin and hair care solution.
You can find macadamia oil in most health food stores, but I got this brand online from Amazon here. I recommend getting the organic, cold-pressed oil.
Why I love macadamia oil for skin and hair
- It doesn’t break me out and actually speeds up the healing of my breakouts and post-acne marks
- It moisturizes my skin while balancing oil production
- It absorbs quickly without leaving an oily or greasy residue like so many oils
- It leaves a satiny – not oily – finish to the skin
- As long as you don’t use too much and don’t apply it to the roots, it makes hair shiny, silky and moisturized
How I use macadamia oil for skin and hair care
1. Facial moisturizer – In my popular post 7 Secrets that Cured My Acne Without Chemicals, I discussed the importance of using an pure facial oil to rebalance oil production and repair the skin. I previously used straight jojoba oil (this one), which is an excellent option for oily and acne-prone skin types. Now, I use straight macadamia oil as my facial moisturizer and I love it! If you like, experiment with mixing jojoba oil with macadamia oil.
2. Makeup Remover – You can also use macadamia oil to gently remove makeup, even stubborn mascara. Follow my 2-Ingredient Makeup Remover recipe but substitute macadamia oil instead of the jojoba. Or, if you like, use half macadamia oil and half jojoba. I get great results with any of these options.
3. Eye serum – Because it absorbs so quickly, macadamia oil makes a moisturizing and reparative eye serum that you can even use under makeup. Use just the smallest amount and gently pat it around your eyes.
4. Facial cleanser – Not only will macadamia oil remove your makeup, it will gently but effectively cleanse your skin. As I discussed in my Cure Acne without Chemicals post, I use the Oil Cleansing Method, explained here, to deep cleanse my face in the evenings. For my oil cleansing blend, I use equal parts of this organic castor oil mixed with this organic macadamia oil.
5. Body Moisturizer – I use macadamia oil as an allover moisturizer when I get out of the shower.
6. Hair moisturizer – Thanks to the 100% raw Morrocco Method products, which I’ve discussed recently here, my hair is soft, healthy, voluminous and growing back thicker. But if you struggle with heat-damaged or dry hair, I would highly recommend using just a few drops of macadamia oil on the ends of your hair. It works wonders to soften and moisturize!
Do you have a favorite skincare oil? Have you used macadamia oil before?