Surprising new uses for those old hair products collecting dust on your shelves.

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Oils

Getting your hair regimen down requires a lot of trial and error, and finding the right oil for you that does its job without making your hair oily can leave you with a lot of oils that didn’t make the cut. Don’t let them go to waste. Use them to:

  • Moisturize: I love to lock in the moisture of my skin with oils especially on a hot and sticky day when my usual shea mix is too heavy. I also love to use oil as a face moisturizer. It helps to replace the naturals oils lost when I use my cleanser so my face does not overcompensate and overproduce oil causing pimples. Argan and olive oil are highly rated by cosmetologists, but I use grape seed because it’s light and I had a whole bottle of it lying around the house that needed to be used.
  • Remove makeup: Ever washed your face and still found yourself wearing your eye makeup especially mascara? Simply grab a cotton pad, put a little oil of your choice on it and gently rub it over your eyes. The oil combined with the rubbing action helps to slide the makeup off. Then finish off by washing your face.
  • Oil rinse: Many women have complained about the dryness they get after washing with commercial cleansers and have started to use oil rinsing as a natural alternative. It works on the principle that oil dissolves oil and will remove just enough oil to not clog your pores, but leaves enough behind to keep your face moisturized and supple and prevent it from over producing sebum. To oil cleanse you will need to mix a blend of castor oil and another lighter oil like olive. Try a 1:1 castor to olive ratio using less castor and more of the other oil if your skin is dryer, and more castor than olive for oily skin. Once you have your mixture, put a quarter sized amount in your hands, apply it to your face and rub it in gently focusing on your problem areas. Massage your skin for about one minute, then grab a wash cloth and dip it in hot water (not scalding) and place it on your face. The steam will help to open up your pores and release the dirt. After about one minute, rewet your wash cloth with warm water and use it to remove the excess oil. The oil should wash away effortlessly leaving you with a clean face that glows.