• Botanical Oils for Skincare

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    One of the most enticing things to read on a skincare product label is “oil-free”. Surely, oils can the culprit behind a few skincare issues like acne, clogged pores and excess oiliness. But not all oils are created equal. And for those people who are not acne-prone or have excessive dryness, natural oils are a great solution for skincare.

    Botanical oils are loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that help deeply nourish and hydrate skin for a restored, youthful appearance. Lines and wrinkles are smoothed, dry patches are faded out, skin regains healthy texture. Oils are not so bad in the end, are they?

     

    What are natural oils good for?

    Hydration – The oil molecule is absorbed deeply to hydrate effectively. Oils penetrate the lipid layer of skin faster than other components, and that’s where they prevent skin cells from losing water. Today’s technology allows for oils to be adjusted to their lightest texture while preserving key qualities, so that they are absorbed easier without leaving an oily film on the surface.

    Cleansing – Oils make great cleansing agents and a valuable alternative for those who experience constant dryness associated with the use regular cleanser. Oils remove residue and makeup much better than water or detergent based cleansers that usually strip skin of its protective oils.  It is a fact that oil best dissolves oil, and this makes it an incredible cleansing product.

    Nourishment – Natural oils contain a concentrated dose of essential nutrients that are delivered to the skin through molecules that penetrate faster than creams. A couple drops are all you need for a gorgeous complexion in an instant.

    Protection – Many botanical cold-processed oils contain high doses of antioxidants that haven’t been altered during the production. Argan oil, passionfruit, pomegranate, geranium, grape seed oils are rich sources of powerful antioxidants.

    Soothing – Oils help moisturize and soothe skin faster than other chemical-laden products. Pure, natural oils infuse skin with the soothing qualities of the plant they are extracted from. At the same time, they act as a great vehicle for other ingredients layered on top, easing with their absorption while reducing their irritant potential.

    Balance – It may seem counterproductive to apply oil to your face when you already have oily skin. Truth is, skin needs oil to stay protected but too much or too little can throw off the natural balance. Applying oil to oily skin will help your skin balance out the excess oil production. In case of excessive dryness (the absence of natural oils on your skin), natural oils can act as great replacements and help skin regain its natural balance.

     

    Which oils are the best?

    Natural oils like coconut, olive, sesame and jojoba oils are great hydrators for dry, damaged skin and successfully replace the lack of natural lipids at skin surface. Seed oils like grape seed, sweet almond or pomegranate seed offer nourishing omega fatty acids and protective antioxidant elements.  Plant extracts like lavender, chamomile, rose, mandarin, neroli, soothe and purify the skin. Tea tree, sandalwood, basil, thyme oils help combat acne and act as efficient astringents.

    Used alone or as part of skincare formulas, oils help alleviate a multitude of skin conditions and can in fact prevent the dreaded acne or oiliness. With few adverse effects, they are safe to be tested and used by most people.

     

     

    How to use oils in Skincare:

    For ultimate results, a few rules can help you maximize the effects of your oils:

    Apply oils on clean skin – All your treatment oils should always be applied on perfectly clean skin. The exception is when you’re using oils to cleanse and remove makeup, in which case they are applied on the skin, rubbed in for a minute then removed with a warm washcloth. If you’re using a cleansing product that incorporates oils, you don’t need a washcloth.

    Apply oil on humid skin – Especially beneficial for dry skin – after washing, apply oils while your skin dries out but it’s neither completely wet nor dry. For maximum benefits, apply oil after using your regular toner and finish with a last toner spritz after the oil is absorbed.

    A little goes a long way – For most oils, you don’t need to use more than a couple drops for the entire face.  Massage in until completely absorbed and apply your next treatment, moisturizer or sunscreen.

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