Healthy Habit #27: Oil up.

Since moving to Europe almost 7 years ago, I'm still not used to the long, cold winters. I usually escape to South Africa for a good few weeks, but this year, it's Christmas in London. Don't get me wrong, The Nutcracker and Oxford Street Lights are epic. But whats not epic? The flaky, chapped skin that comes along with the cold winter air. So this year, while I keep my skin silky smooth, my homies will be on the beach getting sunburnt. I think I win. These are my three favourite skin oils that I use everyday to nourish and protect my skin.

Rose Hip

Rose hip oil originates from the fruit seeds of a certain variety of rose which is harvested once the petals have dropped. This nourishing oil increases cell turnover, helps correct darks spots and hydrates dry, itchy skin. It contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B- carotene, a form of vitamin A, which all work to fight free radicals.

Carrot Seed

Carrot seed oil has been discovered to be one of the most potent sources of carotenoids available. Carotenoids act as antioxidants within the body, protecting against cellular damage, the effects of aging, environmental toxins and even some chronic diseases like cancer. Carrot Seed Oil has a high concentration of carotenoids (over 600 identified) and as such is revered as one of the leading oils for our skin.

Mango Butter

Mango butter has highly nourishing properties for the skin. It contains vitamins A, high amounts of vitamin E, C, D, group B vitamins, folic acid, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It also contains some of the most valuable acids for the skin, namely stearic, oleic (46%), and linoleic acids (unsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid). It's a rich butter high in antioxidants, which firm, detoxify and hydrate the skin.