Oils in the past have had a bit of a bad name over using conventional cream products, in the main because people fear their skin will be left looking greasy and they are difficult to use. But with so many wonderful oils offering your skin great benefit, and being incredibly easy to use, why not consider incorproating an oil product into your skincare regime?
In terms of the benefits, for one, oil is known to penetrate deeper into the skin, working harder than a cream perhaps could, and this is because they are what is known as lipophilic, which means they dissolve and pass though the lipid layer of your skin more easily than a water-based moisturiser could.
Oils are especially good with regard to regeneration, repair and nourishment and they are generally hydrating for the skin, with the added benefit being that a little goes a long way, so one pot will last you a long while.
When buying any skin oil products, we advise you opt for those that are certified natural or organic as you can be sure they don’t contain unwanted chemicals that can actually adversely affect your skin.
For older skin
Oils are particularly popular for older skin and that’s because they have many repairing properties that can help with fine lines.
One of the most popular oils in recent years has been argan, and for good reason; containing vitamin E, antioxidants and also essential fats, it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention easing drier skin types.
We also love evening primrose for older skin, which is more commonly taken as a supplement but is, in fact, wonderful for the skin too thanks to its levels of gamma linoleic acid, essential for healthy skin.
And don’t forget pomegranate as a skin oil; it is both regenerating and antioxidant, which is crucial if you are to combat free radicals, responsible for accelerating skin cell ageing.
One of the most common skin types is that of sensitive skin, where many products you apply to it can react. The good news is certain oils are excellent at soothing any reactions you have.
Coconut oil, that versatile product that can be used in so many different ways, is known to be particularly good for sensitive skin and even those with eczema, as is the anti-inflammatory flaxseed oil.
If your skin is feeling irritated after having a reaction, then keep on hand either almond or calendula oil, both very well regarded when it comes to their powerful soothing properties.
Oils are especially beneficial if you have any damage to your skin that you want to reduce the appearance of, such as stretch marks or scarring.
The wonder ingredient for both of these is rosehip oil, one of the most regenerating oils you can find. This is because it contains high levels of vitamins A,C and E, as well as the important essential fatty acids, which are crucial for healthy skin to promote cell regeneration.
Also remember tea tree oil if you suffer with acne as it is a powerful antiseptic that can help to clear up breakouts, while geranium oil is great for easing redness caused by rosacea.