Dealing with an oil slick without blotting sheets or powder is a nightmare for ladies, especially during the heat of summer. The fear of having oil and sweat on their faces makes them forget that there are “good” kinds of oil – the ones that make your skin look young and healthy, instead of shiny and gross. Say hello to the wonders of some of the top-notchers when it comes to skin friendly oils.
This type of body and facial oil is extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is extremely rare and found only in certain parts of Morocco. Dubbed as “liquid gold”, it contains fatty acids and vitamin E which makes the skin look young, supple and fresh. It can be a substitute to your water-based moisturizer because it does not make the skin greasy, nor is it irritating to the skin.
Borage oil is extracted from the starflower, which has been used for centuries for medicinal and culinary purposes in Europe, North America and Asia. Borage oil is very rich in gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, which is an essential fatty acid that conditions the skin and reduces inflammation.
This oil is very light and fast absorbing, but has deep moisturizing effects. It is touted as a “miracle oil” in Asia because of its high Oleic acid content, giving it its rich moisturizing and anti-aging properties.
Chia seeds are commonly found in Mexico, and its wonders have only reached North America in the recent years. Chia belongs to the mint family and the oil is extracted from its seeds. It contains omega-3 and antioxidants. The presence of omega-3 detoxifies your skin on the surface, thus the harmful chemicals from some makeup ingredients are gently exfoliated from your skin. For those suffering from acne, the omega-3 and antioxidants found in Chia oil restores the much-needed moisture without exacerbating the symptoms of acne.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO)
EVCO differs from regular coconut oil because it has not been bleached, refined, deodorized or hydrogenated. To put it simply, EVCO is pure and organic. EVCO contains: lauric acid, ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid. If you are suffering from scarring and small wounds left by pimples or acne, patting EVCO all over the affected areas will facilitate fast healing and softening of these scars. It also soothes dry flakes and itchiness on the skin.
Extracted from whole grape seeds, grapeseed oil is a very rich oil that contains antioxidants and skin hydrating properties. It is also known for its anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and non-comedogenic effects. Although thick and rich, grapeseed oil absorbs quite easily on the skin, keeping it smooth, taut and elastic.
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of a plant found in the Sonoran desert. It has been touted for years as a heavy-duty oil which provides moisture even to the driest skin type. It is also known to soothe the inflammation and redness brought about by acne or allergies. It is recommended for those who have mature skin because of its highly moisturizing qualities. Jojoba oil is not only for the face but is also great for very dry areas of the skin like the elbows, knees and feet. You can read more about Health Benefits and Uses of Jojoba Oil here.
Peach kernel oil is rich in the following vitamins: A, B-group and E which all have great skin conditioning and renewing effects. Vitamin E is very popular as an antioxidant that stops free-radical activity, and is also very helpful when it comes to keeping the skin elastic. It also has soothing properties, making it a great choice for sensitive or extremely dry skin.
Taken from the delicious pomegranate fruit, this oil has been touted as an anti-aging serum because of its punicic acid. Punicic acid is an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces oxidation and fights off free radical damage to keep the dermis healthy, strong and taut. Aside from this effect, pomegranate oil is also very moisturizing and nourishing, which is great for fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is not just for culinary purposes. It can also save your skin and help it become soft and supple. It has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians as the answer to stretch marks, acne and scarring. EVOO contains vitamins A and E, as well as hydroxytyrosol, a compound that serves as a rich antioxidant. It helps fight the signs of aging and wrinkling by removing free radicals in the skin. The presence of antioxidants ensure that your skin is well-moisturized, which is a must especially if you’re suffering from too-dry or too-oily skin.
Rice Bran Oil
Produced during the rice milling process, rice bran oil comes from rice kernels and is rich in fatty acids. It is non greasy and absorbs quickly on the skin. It is also rich in many nutrients and has long been used in by Japanese women for their benefits.
Sea buckthorns oil comes from the fruit of the sea-buckthorn shrub and is very rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants like Beta-Carotene, Carotenoid, Phytosterol and Vitamin E. These important nutrients have skin repairing and restoring properties, and are very helpful for skin problems like cuts, wounds, abrasions, eczema, sun exposure and even premature aging.
Thinking of going organic and giving your skin that extra moisturizing and care that it deserves? Check out these facial oils mentioned above. Don’t worry if you are not so sure with your choice, because all these oils are really great for your skin.
With love and care