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Which plant oil is best for your skin and hair? There are so many to choose from, and it seems like every day there’s a new article describing why a certain oil is good or bad for you. Coconut oil has had its ups and downs, Jamaican black castor oil is all the rage, and some people continue to swear by humble olive oil.

The truth is that different skin and hair types will appreciate different plant oils. Even the same person might reach for a different oil depending on the season. Whether you need light hydration or deep moisture, refer to this guide to help you choose.

Light oils

These lightweight oils are ideal for summertime skin, humid climates, and wavy to loosely-curled hair. Those who break out easily can also use these oils on the face without issues.

  • Jojoba oil: Soothes, moisturizes and reduces acne. The most easily absorbed plant oil.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Prevents aging and lightly moisturizes.
  • Grapeseed oil: Great for conditioning, toning, cleansing and tightening.

Medium oils

These oils fall somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum. They’re not as heavy or sticky as other oils, but they can still take a bit of time to absorb. They’re useful for all hair and skin types, especially to combat dryness.

  • Argan oil: Absorbs easily, minimizes frizz and prevents wrinkles.
  • Avocado oil: Nourishes, strengthens, softens and stimulates blood flow.
  • Sweet almond oil: Gently hydrates, treats dandruff, and prevents both aging and acne.
Heavy oils/butters

Those who live in dry or cold climates will want to break out these oils when their skin and hair needs deep, penetrating moisture. If you have kinky hair that tends to lose its moisture easily, you can use these oils and butters all year round.

  • Coconut oil: Smells delicious and has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Castor oil: Not for delicate skin, but easily penetrates and moisturizes. Jamaican black castor oil also promotes hair growth.
  • Shea butter: Perfect for sealing moisture into elbows, knees and dry hair.
  • Mango butter: A lovely-smelling, smoother alternative to shea butter.

This list is just a starting point. There are a ton of other oils and butters to experiment with, from camellia to hemp seed to monoi, all of which fall into one of these three categories. The right plant oil will provide a natural and affordable solution to both skin and hair issues, so do some experimenting to find the ideal oil for you.

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Your Best Bra Forward

Finding the right pieces to complete your wardrobe can be challenging, but bras seem to defy even the most skilled shopper. Bras that should technically fit have straps that dig in or cups that never seem to sit right. There are the lovely lacy bras, there are the comfortable supportive bras, and the two never seem to have much in common. And if you’re a bargain hunter, best of luck with sizing, as to whether you’re a 34B or a 44E, your size is likely to be sold out. But bra shopping need not be a constant misery. A look at the most common factors in poor bra selection should help you spot the cause of your bra shopping woes.

Made to Measure

When was the last time you were measured for a bra? If you have lost or gained weight, or recently begun an exercise program, you may be due for a fitting. Get measured at a lingerie shop, or if there’s not one near you, have a friend measure you. If you’re having a friend measure you, have them measure under your breasts and at the fullest point of your breasts when standing upright, bare-chested. For the best possible fit, your friend should measure the fullest point of your breasts when you are bent over at the waist and while you are laying flat on your back. Calculate the average of the three fullest point measurements to get a cup size that will fit you through a full range of motion.

In Your Cups

Your bra cups should contain all of your breast tissue. There should be nothing spilling over the sides. The straps should never dig in, and the band should never gape. The center gore between your breasts should always sit flat against your sternum. If all of these things are not present, try different sizes until you find a size that fits best. Many people find that they are a smaller band size and larger cup size than they imagined. For instance, some people go from 42C to 40DD.

Get In Where You Fit In

Buy bras in shops where the selection in your size is plentiful. It might seem cheap and convenient to try the bargain basement shops. But what you gain in a 25 percent off sale, you lose in hours trying to find a suitable size and decent selection. The smaller selection in larger sizes are quickly snapped up. Bra shops that cater to those with fuller bra sizes will have bras suitable for all occasions. When you shop at stores that cater to your needs, you can buy that halter top with the confidence that you’ll find a suitable bra to go under it.

There’s Hope

The average American bra size recently jumped from 34B to 34E, and the average American dress size is now 16. This may prompt retailers to offer a broader selection of bras in fuller sizes, making bra shopping less of a pain. But the most powerful weapon against the misery of bra shopping is you. Insist on the quality you deserve, and shop at retailers who respect that right. Get the support you need.


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