In a continuing quest to save both space in my bathroom and dollars in my wallet, I love a beauty product that delivers multiple functions at a reasonable price. And recently the products I’m drawn to are beauty oils, beloved by facialists, makeup artists and skin-care companies due to their versatility. If you’re interested in also getting more out of fewer products, read on for my pick of budget-friendly multitasking beauty oils:
1. Bio-Oil. A couple of months ago I took a tumble on a rainy Manhattan sidewalk (no, too many cocktails weren’t involved…) and have a few facial scars as souvenirs from the “trip.” I started applying aloe vera the next day, but when I returned to Toronto and saw Bio-Oil on sale for $13.49 Cdn for 60 ml at a drugstore, I decided to try it.
The subtly rose-scented product is a cocktail of plant extracts and vitamins in an oil base. The manufacturer touts its trademark ingredient, PurCellin Oil, which apparently makes the formulation light and non-greasy. Key ingredients are Calendula, lavender, rosemary and chamomile oils, and vitamins A and E.
I’ve been applying Bio-Oil to the scars almost daily since late May and have watched them gradually heal and fade. While they haven’t yet disappeared, I’m pretty positive they’re in a lot better shape than they would be without the oil.
The surprise to me, though, is what else the product has done for my skin. After seeing that the package also promoted Bio-Oil’s use for uneven skin tone, and aging and dehydrated skin, I decided to also try it as a facial moisturizer. I’ve been applying it at bedtime under my eyes and on my cheeks and have noticed a nice luminous and moisturized effect.
2. Coconut oil. Do you remember when coconut oil, a saturated fat, was thought to be unhealthy and to be avoided by anyone wanting to prevent heart disease? Well, its rep has changed dramatically, with fans ranging from Dr. Oz to acolytes of the protein-dominant Paleo Diet promoting its positives.
Pure coconut oil is about 50 per cent lauric acid and some of the health benefits attributed to ingesting it include helping reduce cholesterol, assisting in the resistance of viruses and bacteria, fighting off yeast and Candida, helping control blood sugar and even reducing belly fat! Note: Before consuming coconut oil, ask your health-care practitioner if it’s a good choice for you.
In addition to these internal benefits, coconut oil can also serve as a moisturizer in a pinch. The oil helps with dry skin, works as a massage oil and is even helpful for conditions like eczema. And if your hair is on the coarse side, coconut oil also works as a moisturizing treatment. (To avoid pesticides, look for organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.)
If you’re worried about smelling like a piña colada or like you’ve OD’d on old-school suntan lotion, fret not, coconut oil will give you only a subtly nutty fragrance.
3. Vitamin E ointment. It may be a staple of your first aid stash, but did you know this ointment also has beauty benefits? In addition to helping heal sunburns, minor cuts and other skin irritations, vitamin E can be a beauty balm.
For example, for dry or chapped lips, apply vitamin E and then brush them very gently with a toothbrush for an exfoliating effect.
It can also be used as a lip balm. Bita Doagoo, a naturopathic doctor and a partner of the Toronto branch of the green beauty boutique The Detox Market, mentioned at a store media event that before finding a non-toxic lip colour, vitamin E was her go-to lip product.
If you want a lot of bang for your beauty buck, why not try out one of these budget-friendly multitasking beauty oils. And if you have any of your own fave multiuse beauty products, I’d love to hear about them! Please share in a comment below.