Minimalist Skin Care: Oils // Soins minimalistes: Huiles

(version en français plus bas!)

A few posts ago, I wrote about my favourite floral waters. Well, let’s talk about oils now! In the past, I had a lot of difficulties finding moisturizers that would keep me skin hydrated but not overly oily. I used to love Clinique’s yellow moisturizer, but when I realized it wasn’t cruelty-free, it had to go. I also wanted to find something that would be chemical-free and that I could play with as the seasons evolved. Again, I turned to the kitchen and grabbed a few oils.

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Before I get into the specifics of my favourite oils, I wanted to tell you how I choose my oils. First, I go to the oil section of my grocery store or health food store. I really believe that the highest quality oils (for a reasonable price) are in the food section! Chances are, they are “ingredients”, meaning that they are not fillers in the bottle. That’s actually my second tip: look at the ingredient list and make sure it is pure oil. Finally, to have all the benefits of the oil intact, make sure to buy first cold pressed oil. Each oil has properties and characteristics to I encourage you to do some research to see what oil might fit your skin best. Here is an overview of my favourite three oils that I use daily and really love.

Daytime oil, Hazelnut oil: I love the smell of this! It’s rich and nutty and very light. I use this oil in the daytime because it is a dry oil: it is quickly absorbed by my skin and doesn’t leave it greasy or shiny. I love that it is so quick to absorb into my skin because it makes it very comfortable and easy to use on busy mornings. It’s a great oil for dry skin as it is very rich in vitamin E. It’s also a great oil for sensitive or damaged skins as it is very soothing. It also helps keeps the skin elastic, while also having antibacterial and sun-protecting properties.

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Nighttime oil, Avocado oil: This is so rich! I love to use this as a night oil during the winter or colder months because it is so moisturizing. While it is oilier than hazelnut oil, it is still very comfortable on the skin and is usually absorbed in a few minutes. This oil also has wonderful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, and also cell regeneration attributes. It does wonder to really dry skin, while not being too heavy for mixed skin.

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Nighttime oil #2, Sweet almond oil: I love this because it makes my skin so smooth. It’s a bit lighter than avocado oil, but still a little bit too rich for a daytime oil. This oil is hypoallergenic, which makes it a great option if you have very delicate skin. This one is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which makes it great for irritated or fussy skin. It’s also a great option after you have been in the sun. I love to mix in a few drops of lavender essential oil and use this as a special oil for when I want to relax before going to bed.

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To use these oils, I just place a few drops on my hands, rub my hands together and apply just like a regular moisturizer. I then rub my hands on the ends of my hair to add whatever’s left on my hands there! Let me know if you use other oils!


Il y quelques billets, j’ai partagé mes eaux florales préférées. Il est maintenant temps de parler d’huiles! Dans le passé, il m’a été difficile de trouvé une crème qui hydratait ma peau sans la rendre super huileuse ou graisseuse. J’adorais la crème jaune de Clinique, mais lorsque j’ai réalisé qu’elle n’était pas sans cruauté, j’ai arrêté de m’en servir. Je voulais aussi chercher un produit qui serait sans produits chimiques et que je pourrais facilement adapter aux différentes saisons. Encore une fois, je me suis tournée vers la cuisine et j’y ai trouvé quelques huiles.

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Avant de vous présenter mes huiles préférées, j’aimerais vous expliquer comment je choisis mes huiles. Je m’approvisionne dans mon épicerie! Je suis vraiment convaincues que c’est en épicerie qu’on trouve les huiles de meilleures qualités pour un prix raisonnable. Il est également plus que probable qu’elles soient des « ingrédients », ce qui veut dire qu’elles sont 100% pure, qu’il n’y a pas d’agent de remplissage. Il est vraiment important de vérifier la liste des ingrédients pour s’en assurer. Finalement, pour s’assurer que les huiles seront aussi bénéfiques que possible, je vérifie qu’elles sont bien de première pression à froid. Comme chaque huile a des propriétés qui lui sont propres, je vous encourage fortement à faire vos propres recherches pour trouver l’huile qui conviendra le mieux à votre peau. Bon, maintenant, mes huiles préférées!

Huile de jour, Huile de noisette : J’adore l’odeur de cette huile! Riche et douce, cette huile me sert d’hydratant de jour car elle est légère et sèche : elle est rapidement absorbée par ma peau et ne laisse aucun résidut graisseux ou brillant. J’aime qu’elle soit si rapidement absorbée car cela la rend très confortable et aussi facile à utiliser le matin lorsque tout doit se faire rapidement. Elle est très hydratante car elle contient beaucoup de vitamine E, ce qui la rend parfaite pour les peaux sèches. Elle est également indiquée pour les peaux fragiles ou sensibles car elle est appaisante. Finalement, elle aide la peau à rester élastique, en plus d’avoir des propriétés antibactériennes et de protéger des rayons UV.

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Huile de nuit, Huile d’avocat : Cette huile est si riche! J’adore l’utilisé comme crème de nuit durant l’hiver ou les mois les plus froids car elle est vraiment très hydratante. Beaucoup plus « lourde » que l’huile de noisette, elle reste confortable et rapidement absorbée en quelques minutes. Cette huile a également de très bonnes propriétés anti-âge, anti-inflammatoires et encourage la régénération des cellules. Elle est merveilleuse pour les peaux très sèches, sans être trop grasses pour les peaux mixtes.

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Huile de nuit #2, Huile amande douce : J’aime cette huile car elle rend ma peau si douce. Plus légère que l’huile d’avocat, elle reste trop riche pour une huile de jour selon moi. Cette huile est hypoallergénique, ce qui en fait une bonne option pour les peaux délicates ou sensibles. Elle a également des propriétés anti-inflammatoires et anti-oxydantes qui aident beaucoup les peaux difficiles ou à problèmes. Finalement, elle est également une très bonne option comme lotion après-soleil. J’aime ajouter quelques gouttes d’huiles essentielles de lavande à mon huile d’amande douce que j’utilise avant de me coucher pour m’aider à relaxer et à dormir profondément.

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Pour utiliser ces huiles, j’en place quelques gouttes sur mes mains que je frotte ensemble. J’applique ensuite l’huile sur ma peau comme n’importe quelle crème. Une fois que j’ai fini d’hydrater mon visage et mon cou, je passe généralement mes mains sur les pointes de mes cheveux pour les hydrater elles aussi! Et vous, quelles huiles utilisez-vous?

 

Chai Coconut Mascarpone Cups

This week-end I was craving desserts, in particular yogurt parfaits where you place fruit over yogurt and add nuts, granola or other toppings. I have been experimenting with vegan yogurt, but so far the results have not been to my liking. Yet, I yearned for this rich cream consistency. So, I gathered a few things that I thought would work out and created this!

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Amazingly smooth, rich and thick, this cream is reminiscent of a simple yogurt or mascarpone cheese. I had to add a little bit of excitement to it (even though I was so happy to have cream, I was pretty much already dancing in my kitchen), and so I decided to add some Chai spices: cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper and cloves. This really makes this cream unique and quite spectacular and it reminds me of mascarpone cheese.

Here is what you need for the cream:

  • 250mL of coconut milk
  • 4 tbs of almond powder
  • 4 tbs of coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup or honey
  • 5 cardamon pods
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of black pepper corns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Topping ideas: Fresh berries, coconut flakes, crushed almonds, shopped dates, chocolate chips, granola, grilled nuts: use your imagination!

Here is what you do for the cream:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the coconut milk, oil and sweetener on medium heat.
  2. Crush the cardamon pods in your mortar (or use the back of a spoon). Set aside.
  3. Add the almond powder in the pan and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken up (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add the spices and vanilla extract and let them infuse for 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick to your liking.
  5. Remove from the heat and strain to remove the spices.
  6. Let the cream set and firm up in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving with your favourite toppings.
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I used some fresh raspberries, coconut flakes and sweet samosas.

I used some of the fruit leather to make sweet samosas (how-to tomorrow). It’s fun and easy! And that cream! So much flavours and the consistency is just smooth and thick and wonderful. Of course, you could avoid using the spices for a mellower flavour. This is a great substitution for yogurt and makes for an easy dessert. Let me know if you try it out and if you like it!

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Indian Dinner: Coconut Vegetables

This dish was the one I was responsible for, and, as usual, I made a ton of it. We ended up eating this for lunch for a week and sharing some with my parents. Luckily for us, it was really good!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 4 carrots
  • a bunch of yellow or green beans
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Chop the broccoli, carrots, beans and potatoes to bite-size pieces.
  2. In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the vegetables and bring down to medium heat. Let simmer until the vegetables are cooked.
  3. Add the coconut milk and salt, and stir. Let simmer gently.
  4. In a small sauce pan, add the oil on low heat. Add the minced garlic and stir well until it begins to brown. Add the the coriander and turmeric and mix well.
  5. Add the spice mix to the vegetables and give it a quick stir.

As you can see this recipe is very easy and can be adapted to fit what vegetables are available in your kitchen. The coconut milk adds so much richness and creaminess to the mix and goes perfectly well with the potatoes.

Don’t skip the different sauce pan for the spices as this really gives out a strong and clear flavour to the entire dish. If you were to just dump the spices into the mix, the taste would be milder, but really, that would be a shame!

Let me know if you try this out!