Although I’m far from a fully fledged pure natural beauty (yet) there are a couple of products which I already use regularly that are definitely worth raving about for being totally pure and incredibly healing. I’ve already talked a lot about the Gel. The other is emu oil.
I’ve used emu oil, often in combination with the Gel, for a few years now and whilst I’ve tried many other moisturisers along the way (some natural, some not so), nothing compares.
Emu oil is another true healer. Not only is it highly moisturising, due to it having the same genetic makeup of our own skin – the essential omega oils, omega-6 and omega-3 – it has also been used for centuries by Australian aboriginal populations to soothe muscle and joint problems such as arthritis and rheumatism, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Emu oil works wonderfully with the Gel to help heal wounds, ease pain and repair and nourish skin. It can help a variety of problem skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. And it is non-allergenic so even the most sensitive skin should face no risk of reaction. Like the Gel this means emu oil is safe enough for babies. I imagine it would work wonders on nappy rash.
Another great use for it is as an after-sun as it soothes and heals sunburned skin. It’s also fabulous as an intensive hair treatment. Put a few drops in the ends of your hair and leave overnight for a really nourishing treat. It’s even said that emu oil can help regenerate hair growth.
As well as being a healer emu oil is simply the best moisturiser that you’ll ever find in my opinion. Don’t be put off by it being an oil because it’s non-comedogenic meaning it doesn’t clog your pores. You only need a couple of drops (a pea sized amount) massaged into the face and it will sink into the skin beautifully. (If your face looks greasy it’s because you’ve used too much.) It soothes and smooths your skin and many pay homage to its anti-aging abilities saying that it reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
In fact, Oprah Winfey swears by emu oil, as does Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Beyonce. Oprah raved about emu oil on her TV show in 2009 which really put it on the map, especially in the US. I also read that Zac Efron is a fan! He apparently used it to help fade his scar after he had his appendix removed.
I first heard about emu oil from Beth Gagnon of Gagnon Therapies, who sells the purest, organic, distilled emu oil in a 60ml blue glass bottle for £28 (call 020 7224 2332 to order). This should last you about 3 months, using a pea-sized amount twice daily on your face.
For the purposes of market research (and fairness) I also looked around at where else you can buy it online. The Emu Oil Well company has an interesting website with a some really good information. Plus it sells quite a variety of products such as emu oil shampoo and emu oil face cream which has some added ingredients such as Vitamin E Oil. I may give a few of these a go one day, although I sort of feel that the pure oil is so good, there’s not much need to add to it!
There’s also another well known brand, which really jumped on the bandwagon after Oprah’s endorsement, aptly called ‘Dremu Oil’. However the prices are rocket high and I can’t see why – apart from the catchy name and label it looks identical to what Beth sells. For a smaller bottle (51ml) you pay £80 for Dremu whereas Gagnon Therapies charges £28 for a 60ml bottle that looks identical and is of the absolute highest quality.
I would definitely recommend trying this product especially if you suffer from dry or problematic skin. It has so many uses that you’ll find it becomes a beauty cabinet essential in no time. Plus you can feel confident that you’re using something totally pure on your face – no added nasties guaranteed.