For thousands of years, oils have been an essential part of the beauty and wellness routines. We know the ancient Egyptians were fond of them. Just think of all the stories about the impressive routines Cleopatra followed. Also, the Greeks found out that olive oil could have other uses besides preparing food. In China and India, many essential or aromatic oils were used for their medical benefits, and the list goes on and on. There’s even evidence in the Lascaux caves in France people started using medicinal plants and their oil extracts in their everyday life. The point here is that these natural products have been
used forever, proving that their effectivity is millenary. Nowadays, the use of these oils for skin treatments has become trendy, and there are so many that we can choose either those someone recommends or the ones that have a nice scent. Each type of oil has properties that work for different purposes, so using the wrong one for your skin type could actually be detrimental. If you want to know what's the best oil for you, check these out:
Although this skin type is more common during our youth (due to the hormonal imbalances) and tends to change with time, there are some people that maintain the same type of skin for their whole lives. Besides the oily and shiny look, this type is also known for visibly enlarged pores and the production of spots and blackheads.
The best oils for this skin type are grapeseed and jojoba oils. Basically what you need is a deep hydration that helps you close the pores of the face and prevents clogging. Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and E. Its light consistency penetrates more than other oils without staying too much in your face. As for jojoba oil, this will be your best friend. One of the greatest things about it is that due to its easy absorption it will help your skin produce less sebum or oil. Also, its consistency helps close the pores to protect your face from external particles that end up damaging the skin.
The thing with dry skin is that it can produce scarring, flakes, and other blemishes due to the lack of moisture. Now, the logical thing to do is to constantly apply moisturizer. However, most of them are water based, which means that they evaporate easily and only help for a very short amount of time. You need more dense products that hydrate the skin for a longer time.
Contrary to what you wanted to achieve with oily skin, here you want to nurture your pores with more oils, so the best ones for you will be coconut, olive, and avocado. The three of them have a huge amount of antioxidants that help to keep the skin fresh and moisturized. Due to their consistency and properties, you can actually alternate or even mix them. In that way, coconut oil will give you a dose of vitamin A, C, and E. Olive oil has different fatty acids that will remain in your face for a time to prevent dryness. Finally, avocado oil has anti-inflammatory properties that also provide a deep and full hydration while protecting your skin from UV radiation.
Dull skin isn’t really a type of skin but a consequence of determined factors. However, it’s become way more common in highly polluted places or where the weather changes abruptly. No matter the reason, the lack of that radiant glow we all want most of the times has to do with a determined environment.
If you’re looking for oils that hydrate and regenerate your skin, you’ll love these three: rosehip, castorm and cranberry oil. The first one, rosehip oil, is basically a miracle oil that can actually be used on every skin type. It contains vitamin C, omega 3, and omega 6, two out of the three main fatty acids. Its consistency penetrates deep into the skin, which helps regenerate the cells and increase the collagen production. As a bonus (if that’s even possible!) it heals scar tissue, bringing your skin to life again. As for castor oil, you have to combine it with another one so that it works better. It has many proteins and minerals, as well as vitamin E. Its components are also great in healing tissue and discoloration. You can mix it with cranberry oil rich in the three fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9) and antioxidants.
As the name indicates this is a combination between the oily and dry skin. Generally, the T-zone presents oily features while the rest can be extremely dry. Now, you can use a mixture of oils according to the specific region, but if you don’t want to do that, there are two oils that can help control both situations.
On the one hand, sunflower oil contains beta-carotene, the enzyme that generates vitamin A. This helps you tighten the cells of the skin and makes it look firmer. Moreover, it also moisturizes so it helps with the dry bits of your skin. On the other, you can go with passionfruit oil, which contains essential fatty acids (omegas) that feed the skin cells and make it look smoother. It’s a non-greasy oil that helps reduce the oily production of the skin by penetrating deep into the skin layers, and its vitamin A helps slow the aging process.
Sensitive skin is prone to get damaged from external elements, like sun exposure, certain substances when they’re directly applied, and even contamination or dust. Taking care of this type of skin can be quite difficult since it reacts to different substances.
If you want to moisturize your sensitive skin, you can try with hypoallergenic oils such as almond, tamanu, and buriti. The three of them are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. In the case of almond oil, it contains potassium, zinc, minerals, and proteins that nurture the skin without being aggressive. Tamanu oil extracted from the fruit of the tamanu tree (endemic of the Southeast regions of Asia) has been used for thousand years due to the properties it has on skin. It also helps to protect the skin from external particles, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Finally, Buriti oil is another unique extract that comes from an endemic Amazonian palm tree that helps protect the skin while hydrating and softening it.
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