In this post, I have included Meadow Foam Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil. Keep in mind, this is a casual experiment and based on my experiences with these oils over the course of several weeks. But, I think you'll find the results meaningful and useful.
The Great "Oil" Experiment - Part 2 -
Meadow Foam Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil
MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL
HEMP SEED OIL
Method of Use:
I applied each oil as a morning moisturizer after shower to my face and body and then tracked the "open-air" absorption as well several other standard characteristics and overall results, which I've included here.
I did read here that skin regenerates every 21 to 30 days, so it would seem that you personally would really want to test an oil for a full month before deciding whether or not you are happy with the results. However, keep in mind that many factors contribute to the health and corresponding appearance of your skin, not just what you put on your body, but what you put in your body as well as environmental factors, well-being, etc.
***I had intended to use the oils for about three days each, but in practice that didn't seem nearly long enough and I ended up using them for one to two weeks each, which is still probably not long enough to make a personal decision, although enough to point one in the right direction.
Keep in mind that you don't want to put something on your body that you wouldn't put in your body. Ensure that is a consideration when deciding which oil to use (and for how long you use it) on your skin.
Meadow Foam Seed Oil:
I fell in love with this oil. Seriously, the benefits it provides (including ultra-violet protection and anti-aging qualities), not to mention the fact that it absorbs well, has no odor, a light color, and is so stable, it increases the shelf life of other, less stable oils--come on?!?!? What more could I ask for?!
This oil is definitely a possibility as a daily use oil. In fact, I don't want to stop using it now. One other bonus benefit, after using it the first time as a whole body moisturizer, I noticed a definite improvement in the softness of my skin. Check out this website for a DIY recipe for a face & body moisturizer using primarily meadowfoam seed oil (and an amusing/ enlightening critique on the original outrageously expensive product).
Jojoba Oil (Wax):
I had an extremely difficult time setting aside the Meadow Foam Seed Oil, so it had to be for a really intriguing alternative. The fact that jojoba oil closely resembles our own skin's sebum did the trick. However, on its own, Jojoba was not going to be moisturizing enough for me. Similar to my experience with Coconut Oil, my skin felt itchy as the day progressed. I was not totally surprised by this result, however, because I had read that this oil may need to be reapplied since it absorbed so quickly.
I believe that this oil will be most useful in blends or for use on my face only, since I would prefer a quickly absorbing oil there. Also, I intend to try this at some point as a hair conditioner considering its quick absorption qualities.
Hemp Seed Oil:
This was a surprise favorite for me. Not only does this oil have numerous potential benefits, but it also appears to be very moisturizing and quickly absorbing, which sort of amazed me. In fact, this post was delayed because I wanted to continue to use the hemp seed oil until it caused my skin to dry out (I just knew it would).
But, I used the oil for two weeks and that was never the case, although it was the best absorber so far. And it doesn't end there-- after using this oil I had a noticeable improvement in the softness of my skin, similar to the Meadow Foam Seed Oil. Furthermore, it's so nutritious I began adding it to my protein shakes instead of the flax seed oil I was formerly using.
The downside to this oil: if anything, it was a bit of a hassle storing it in the refrigerator. This is a very delicate oil and does not withstand cooking (high temps) or excessive light. I also read that lower quality oils would become rancid easily, but I do not think it is difficult to find a high quality version. In addition, it has a strong nutty/ grassy smell, but I did not notice it to be strong after applying it to my skin. Overall, I loved this oil and will try to find a way to use it regularly to nourish my skin, probably through continued addition to my foods and external use.
The chart below summarizes various characteristics of the oils used.
*Cost per ounce based on 8.5 ounce bottle purchased online at MRH (excludes S&H). You may be able to save a bit buying in bulk or buying locally.
So there you go, Part 2 of the Great Oil Experiment and I think the idea that really solidified itself after this set is that I am not going to likely find one oil, but rather, I think the most benefit will be found in using a combination of a few favorite oils... Also, two favorites became apparent in this set - Meadowfoam and Hemp Seed and I wonder how they'll hold up to the next set....
Stay tuned for the next set of oils in Part 3..... Baobab and Kukui Nut, no, no... Tamanu, Wheat Germ, and Argan... so many great choices!
Update! View Part 3 here!
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