The Oil That Plays Therapist to Your Neurotic Skin
Another great thing about jojoba: While most skin-care companies are phasing out synthetic microbeads from their products based on evidence that they harm marine life, jojoba beads are A-OK because they're biodegradable and thus gentler on the ecosystem.
DIY: Apply the oil directly to your face or add a few drops to your usual moisturizer for extra hydration. You can also buy jojoba beads (a craft store is a good place to start) and add them to your regular cleanser whenever you need an exfoliation boost.
The Oil That Stops Stretch Marks in Their Tracks
In 2012, researchers found that stretch marks (aka striae gravidarum) were less prevalent in pregnant women who received regular 15-minute massages with bitter almond oil than those who received no treatment. While it's true that the blood-flow-encouraging massage may have had more to do with preventing stretch marks, multiple studies have been done on olive oil's ability to prevent stretch marks with less encouraging results.
Remember: Bitter almond oil is not the same as sweet almond oil. The sweet variety is found in many products that claim to treat stretch marks, but it hasn't been clinically shown to improve the condition.
DIY: Massage any problem areas with pure bitter almond oil while you're watching your favorite TV show. Once you get to the third commercial break, you're done. Or try combining the oil with sugar or salt for a homemade body scrub.
The Oil That Makes You as Wrinkle-Free and Glowy as a Supermodel
For those of us who suffer from the more common skin woe of fine lines, rosehip seed oil's high concentration of vitamin A is great for smoothing the look of those baby wrinkles. (Retinol, the No. 1 anti-ager, is a highly concentrated form of vitamin A.) Celebs like Miranda Kerr credit the oil for their glowing visages. Note that you shouldn't use rosehip oil if you're acne-prone -- it's mildly comedogenic, so it's no bueno for pores that are easily clogged.
DIY: Use the oil in place of eye cream, patting it on the under-eye area with your ring finger. Apply morning and night.
The Oil That Removes Your Eye Makeup Without Blinding You
DIY: If you want to use straight olive oil on those lids, look for a European-made, extra-virgin oil; the designation "extra-virgin" is more strictly regulated in Europe than it is in the U.S. Apply the oil with a cotton pad or cotton swabs. Rinse off excess product by splashing your face with a bit of water.
The Abracadabra Oil That Makes Skin Heal Itself
But a study showed that avocado oil speeds the rate of wound healing in rats faster than petroleum jelly does. Avocado oil's curative powers are due to its anti-inflammatory properties (it contains sterolin, an immune-boosting molecule) and its high content of essential fatty acids, which aid the formation of collagen.
DIY: Gently massage scrapes, scars, calluses or cracked skin with a couple drops of avocado oil two to three times a day. Cover with an adhesive bandage if necessary.
So unless you live under a rock (where there are no lady mags or Wi-Fi, obviously), you know there are plenty of uses for coconut oil beyond frying and baking. Yes, fatty-acid-rich, antioxidant-packed, multipurpose coconut oil is having a major moment in the beauty world. But don't forget the other super-oils that may be hiding in your kitchen cupboard or medicine cabinet. Here are clever ways to use olive oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil and more.