Facial oils can be an amazing addition to your skin care toolbox. Oils penetrate and deliver pure plant ingredients to the skin without diluting them with water or other additives. Here are some oils that work wonders on all types of skin.
Pomegranate seed oil revitalizes dull or mature skin, assists in smoothing wrinkles and soothes minor skin irritations. Without moisture, wrinkles become more abundant and pronounced, the skin looks tight and lacks luster. This little oil packs quite the multi-useful punch:
- Adds moisture back into the skin
- Improves skin elasticity and protects the skin with antioxidants
- Relieves minor skin irritations and inflammation, including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and sunburned skin
Several studies, including one conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School, have shown that pomegranate seed oil promotes skin regeneration and strengthening.
Pomegranate seed oil can be used alone or combined with a lotion or base oil such as Jojoba, Almond or Olive and then applied to the skin.
Grape seed oil is high in procyanidolic oligomers, or PCOs, which are powerful anti-oxidants. They’re the same antioxidants found in berries, green and black teas, and red wine. According to some experts, PCOs are more powerful than vitamins C and E. It’s also rich in essential and non-essential fatty acids: like linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid, which are vital for healthy skin.
Like all oils (and even serums), grape seed oil is readily absorbed through the skin instead of simply sitting on top of it like a lotion (see serums vs lotions.) And, it can fight free radicals and inhibit several enzymes that reduce collagen, elastin and other connective tissue that make skin youthful. In other words, grape seed oil actually helps the underlying structural problems caused by the loss of collagen and elastin. How great is that!?
Grape seed oil can be applied straight to the skin or mixed with lotion and then applied to the skin, and it’s suitable for all skin types.
Rich in vitamins A, B, and E, monounsaturated fats, plant collagen and antioxidants, Camellia oil is suitable for a variety of skin types including those with sensitive skin, and is great for combination skin.
It has a non-greasy texture similar to grape seed oil, absorbs quickly and has great penetration properties because it is close to the skin’s natural sebum. It also has a light sweet floral fragrance that many seem to like.
For skin care, simply rub a few drops of the oil into dry skin areas to help moisturize. It’s excellent on elbows, knees, hands and cuticles to help moisturize. Face, neck and chest will also reap the rewards of Camellia oil by firming and moisturizing. And, since it isn’t greasy, you can put it on over serums and under make-up.
To learn more about Camellia Oil, see our post Natural Skin & Hair Care with Camellia Oil.
This oil is best for dry, mature and aging skin and is not recommended for use on acne, or on very oily skin. Rosehip seed oil is truly an amazing product believed to be the best oil available for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation.
Rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration and promotes collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater suppleness.
It also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin. In particular, it is rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, which are important skin nutrients.
Rosehip seed oil has been used successfully to treat many skin problems including:
- Stretch marks
- UV damage from overexposure to the sun
- Scars from surgery, burns, and acne
- Wrinkles and premature skin aging
- Age spots
This mighty anti-aging oil is easily absorbed into the skin without a greasy residue. It’s a great hydrator, and penetrates dry or damaged skin immediately. This oil may be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer, or it can be mixed with a lotion or base oil such as Jojoba, Almond or Olive and applied to the skin. Because it is so gentle, rosehip seed oil may be used undiluted on the skin, even on sensitive skin.
To learn more about facial oils, including how to use them on their own, with serums, lotions, or other oils, read out our post Want to Try Facial Oils? Here’s the Skinny.