It’s about that time of the year when the weather can be really harsh on our skin to the point where it becomes dry, sensitive and flakey. One way to remedy of the effects of the damage winter weather can cause are natural oils. They are great ways to keep your skin hydrated and youthfully radiant during these brutal months. Just remember though that as important as oils are, exfoliation is just as essential in trying to keep dry skin away. Pair one of these oils with a serum of your choice for a natural way to moisturize your skin.
Coconut oil is great at keeping skin and hair well hydrated. It also works to reduce inflammation, treating acne, healing wounds and protecting the skin from harmful bacteria. Coconut oil can also be a great cleanser for sensitive skin by dissolving and bringing up excess lipids, toxins, and pollutions to the skin’s surface. Coconut oil is also known to promote the production of collagen within the skin which will help create new and healthy skin cells.
Other than being super hydrating, olive oil is full of antioxidants to prevent premature aging. It also has antibacterial benefits. It is also known to fight off cancer causing cells when applied after sun exposure. It can help correct sun spots and discoloration caused by the sun. Just like coconut oil, olive oil can be used to cleanse the skin by getting rid of dirt and bacteria that causes blackheads.
Sunflower seed oil
Sunflower seed oil is full of vitamin E, which helps to protect the skin from UV rays, and environmental stressors. Like coconut oil, sunflower seed oil helps fight and heal acne. It also heals and soothes sensitive skin. Sunflower seed oil is also rich in beta-carotene which can be converted into Vitamin A. This is beneficial for giving the skin a youthful appearance as well as protecting and repairing skin cells.
Jojoba oil is referred to as an oil but it is actually a liquid wax. What makes jojoba oil different from other natural oils is the waxy structure. This makes jojoba oil absorb quickly into the skin and provides longer lasting hydration. The waxy structure works to trick the skin into believing it is its own, in turn helping balance out the skin’s natural moisture levels. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties to calm dry skin and reduce redness. It is also known to help ease the effects of rosacea and eczema. Jojoba oil is full of nutrients like vitamin B and E, minerals and antioxidants which help to repair and protect the skin.
Almond oil is super moisturizing thanks to fatty acids. It also contains vitamin A which can help heal and reduce acne. Almond oil is also full of Vitamin E to keep skin cells healthy, youthful, and protects against harmful UV rays. Sweet almond oil also contains protein, potassium and zinc. This is great for healing and repairing the skin (and nails!), as well as being a replacement for a natural makeup remover. You can even put sweet almond oil on your hair to create a protective barrier against hair products that may strip your hair’s natural oils.
Grape seed oil
Grape seed oil is full of antioxidants. Other than being extremely moisturizing this oil helps tighten skin, protects the skin from UV rays, and fades scars and dark spots. Grape seed oil is full of Vitamin E and C to protect the skin, repair the skin and improve skin’s elasticity. When used consistently grape seed oil can even out the skin tone with a antioxidant called proanthocyanidin. You can also take grape seed oil orally to improve skin’s appearance.