For as long as I can remember, we were taught that oils are bad for your skin. Scads of products out there taut “oil-free” ingredients. Oils have a bad reputation for “causing” blemishes and acne, and for giving your face a “just out of the deep fryer” look.
What we’ve learned lately is that oils can actually be very beneficial to your skin, providing much needed nutrients and moisture. In fact, using oils for skincare has become a growing trend lately. Some herbal, fruits and nuts oils have huge benefits for the skin. So let go of your old ideas of not apply oils to skin. Some oils actually balance skin pH and lipid content to improve skin health, and the results are undeniable.
I have four faves when it comes to skin oils as described below:
• The Healer: Virgin Sea Buckthorn Oil is the ultimate tissue healer and can be used to even skin tone and texture, and treat acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles due to aging and gives your skin natural boost of antioxidants. It is also known to encourage cell turn-over for a brighter complexion.
• The Balancer: Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a fantastic source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Red raspberry seed oil actually works to stabilize free-radicals (which just so happen to be a huge culprit in aging.) It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help manage acne or rosacea redness. Did I mention that it also naturally protects the skin from the damaging effects of UV sun exposure? This super-oil is a great addition to any skin routine.
• The Hydrator: Cranberry Seed Oil is the only oil known thus far to naturally contain a balanced ration of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, giving your skin the ultimate in hydration. It is chock-full of antioxidants and vitamin E, providing your skin with moisture galore!
• The Nourisher: Virgin Sweet Almond Oil not only smells fantastic, but it is packed with vitamins A, B, B2 and B6, along with fatty acids. It feeds and heals the skin. You are what you eat, and your skin is what you feed it, so giving it the best nourishment will give you the health, unblemished glow you are looking for!
Oils are not synonymous with moisturizer, so be mindful of how you apply these products. Oils need to be “heat activated” so when you are applying oils, place 2-4 drops in your hands, and rub your hands together to warm the oil. Once warm, do not rub the oil into your skin, rather take the palms of your hand and press them onto your face and neck.
As always, test oils in a small inconspicuous area before applying to your face, and always be sure to buy certified organic from a trusted supplier so you are not getting anything synthetic or cut with chemicals.