Have you thought about using oils on your skin, but didn’t know where to start? There are seemingly endless choices when it comes to the oils available to you and your skin. Should you make the switch from heavy lotions and creams?
The power of plant oils may surprise you. Here are a few oils you probably have heard of – and a few that you probably haven’t – and the benefits they can have on the overall health of your skin:
Coconut oil is well-known for its all-inclusive health benefits, and is often the topic of articles such as “101 Uses for Coconut Oil and Your Health.” When it comes to your skin, coconut oil is high in saturated fats that help even the driest of skin retain moisture and smoothness. Coconut oil is also high in vitamin E, which prevent premature aging and promotes healing (especially burns, irritation, redness, and dryness). It helps your skin stay supple and elastic, and contains proteins that contribute to cell health and tissue repair.
Olive oil contains many healing properties, due in part to its high antioxidant levels and mineral content. Olive oil can help block the damaging effects of free radicals, intensely moisturize your skin, and act as a natural anti-inflammatory to soothe any irritation. Olive oil also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and can be used to cleanse your skin of dirt and toxins.
Almond oil is a powerful tool for the health of your skin. It contains linoleic and oleic acid, vitamins A, D, and E, monosaturated fatty acid, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It is ideal for moisturizing and healing chapped skin, soothing irritated, inflamed skin, and healing minor wounds and other skin infections. It can also be used to help lighten dark circles and restore the skin’s natural pH balance.
Sunflower oil is a lightweight, cooling oil that is ideal for soothing irritation, inflammation, sunburns, and acne flare-ups. It is great for those with sensitive skin or allergies. This oil is high in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, which helps smooth wrinkles, prevent scarring, and promote skin cell regeneration. It quickly absorbs into the skin without leaving a heavy layer; it creates a barrier for the skin to help retain moisture and prevent infection.
A very light oil, safflower oil is perfect for treating and moisturizing sensitive conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also be helpful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing skin’s elasticity. Safflower oil contains linoleic acid and vitamins A, D, K, and E.
Mustard Seed Oil
This warming oil is full of antioxidants, including mustard allyl isothiocyanate, oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid, eruric acid, flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants, along with vitamins A, C and K. It can help improve dry skin, lightening unwanted dark spots, and improving skin’s texture.
Sesame oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which promotes the healing of sun and wind damage, slows the premature aging process, soothes chapped, dry, irritated, and inflamed skin, and protects against the sun and other toxins.