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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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8 Fashion Mistakes That Could Be Ruining Your Look

There is no getting around it. You will have to invest money and energy into your clothing, especially if you want to look your best. But are you setting yourself up for fashion failure? Are you guilty of one of these common fashion mistakes? Change your ways, and reclaim your sensational style.

The clothes don’t fit.

Are you wearing clothing in the wrong size? Come on, you can tell us.

The first step in looking great in your clothes is wearing something that fits you. It’s a mistake to get stuck on a size number because sizes can vary spectacularly depending on brands and even the style of clothing. You may need a larger size in a blouse to accommodate your chest but a smaller size in jeans or the other way around. Some styles may not fit you at all, simply because the cut doesn’t conform to your body type.

And remember, just because you can get into it doesn’t mean it fits. This is an easy fix – just be flexible when it comes to size.

The bra is all wrong.

Your bra is the most important article of clothing that no one is going to see. When undergarments go wrong, it can throw off your entire outfit. Bras that are too tight can cause rolls and hills where you don’t want them, and bras that are stretched out or too loose will not give you proper support.

If necessary, ask for a fitting each time you buy a new bra. Make sure your entire bosom fits neatly into each cup and that the bra hooks easily without you having to yank on it.

Once you have a great bra, take care of it. Your bra should never see the inside of a dryer, and hanging it from a door handle to dry is going to pull it into a non-symmetrical shape. Read this article to learn more.

Thinking it’s okay to skip the iron.

We all do it. Who irons jeans anyway, right? And some people don’t iron at all, and that’s okay… if you never leave the farm. Unless you have a closet full of travel-wear that doesn’t wrinkle then maybe you should consider the ol’ iron on occasion.

If you want to wear a piece of clothing that can wrinkle, you need to make a commitment to ironing it. When you walk into a room in wrinkled clothing, you might as well be wearing knit shorts and a t-shirt. It makes you look sloppy and unable to handle the world. And no one wants to make that kind of impression.

You don’t double-check your whites.

Crisp, white clothing can be classic and stylish, but you can easily give all those advantages away by neglecting to check yourself in white.

White is problematic for two reasons. One is that light travels right through it, and the other is that it doesn’t hide much. Before you wear white, check your undergarments. Stand in natural light and check to see if you, or someone else, can see right through that white fabric. And be sure that your underwear is smooth, understated and doesn’t call attention to itself!

Forgetting to check every angle.

You check your look in the mirror every day, but you might forget that all you’re seeing is the view from the front.

Before you leave the house, you should be sure you’ve covered all the angles. Twist and turn to see your whole body, get a mirror that shows multiple angles, or even take a picture. Just make sure you get a good look at what is behind you.

Gettin’ lazy with the laundry.

Think of your clothes as an investment, and treat them like valuables. Keep your clean laundry folded or hung in your closet instead of in a pile on the floor or bed. And when you are cleaning your clothes, follow the instructions! Not doing so is probably the biggest no-no we’re all guilty of. Almost all clothing has a tag that will tell you how to wash and dry it. Read that tag before you buy anything. If you never use a dry cleaning service, it doesn’t make sense to buy clothes that are dry clean only.

Wash clothing in cold water whenever possible and avoid the dryer when you can. Hanging clothes on a clothesline to dry is typically the best option for keeping them looking as new and fresh as possible.

Keep it balanced.

Wearing tight clothing all over isn’t a good look, and loose clothing from head to toe can swallow you. Make sure you are keeping a balance between your form-fitting clothes and your free-flowing pieces. If you are wearing a tight top, balance that out with a loose, full skirt. Alternatively, wear an oversized or boxy top with skinny jeans.

You don’t have clothing tailored.

We’re talking dressy or professional clothing here, which will probably be used less often, but is just as important. Dressy pants and suits should fit your body in a very specific way, and every body is different. Get on the sewing machine and make sure that all your tucks and hems are in the right places and if you don’t sew then find a good tailor, it is well worth it.

You choose your outfits carefully, so be sure to get the best from them. Start by cutting out any fashion mistakes you are making, and your efforts will certainly be reflected by the way you look.


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