Choosing The Right Oils For Your Skin Type
The months have become colder, especially those in brutally cold temperatures who tend to see their skin chapping and many will also notice their feet and hands becoming dry, sore and irritated between the frigid weather outside and the moisture stealing heaters being used inside. Times like these we need to especially be cautious on what we’re putting on our skin as it’s already sensitive and susceptible to cracking. It’s highly suggested that during these cold months you avoid harsh ingredients and fragrances even more than usual. Regardless of what some tend to believe, everyone including those with oily skin can still benefit from applying the proper oil in addition to their daily beauty regimen. With the various types of well known oils how do you know which is right for your skin type?
When we apply various types of oil products, we can actually help with the prevention of overproducing oil glands. Your skin will think it’s properly moisturized and won’t have the need to work in overdrive to replace any moisture that may have been lost. Using a good quality oil can not only sooth and moisturize, it also makes skin appear brighter and with fine lines not as visible. Look for an oil that not only has many benefits for your skin but that leaves you looking supple, well rested and dewy, not greasy.
Our body naturally produces a lubricated substance called Sebum. The sebaceous gland, underneath the skin’s surface releases sebum that acts as a protective barrier from environmental toxins and bacteria that may cause acne and infection. Jojoba is the closest type of oil that mimics our natural sebum and helps with the loss of moisture. Jojoba oil is great for all skin types as it also moisturizes and soothes. Those with maturing or dry skin find that jojoba oil helps with locking in their skin’s moisture while not appearing too ‘slick’ on the face. Those with oily, acne prone skin can use but would benefit from another type of oil.
I can’t tell you just how amazing this oil is…and to top off the many ways you can use coconut oil it does wonders to the skin! Due to the antibacterial properties it’s a great way to fight acne. But this oil isn’t for everyone, coconut oil is comedogenic which can clog pores so those with acne prone skin and those with oily should find another option.
This lightweight oil is very popular and can be found in many cosmetic products with its hydrating and moisturizing properties. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E which makes this perfect for helping with the appearance of lightening scars and any discoloration. This oil can be used by anyone regardless of the skin type. With it’s light texture this makes for a great oil to be used by oily and acne skin. Get yours here.
ROSE HIP SEED OIL
Perfect for all skin types, rose hip seed oil is great for anti-aging while it absorbs quickly and locks in moisture. Scars have the appearance to diminish with frequent use of this moisturizing oil. Those with oily and acne prone skin will find that rose hip seed oil and its linoleic acid reduced clogged pores as well as softens and nourishes the skin. Get yours here.
What do you need to look for?
Oily/Acne Prone Skin need to look for oils that are lightweight and contain linoleic acid which is a fatty acid that will moisturize without clogging pores. Ie: Rosehip Seed Oil
Mature/Dry Skin types will find that using oils with oleic acid, also a fatty acid in heavier oils that do not absorb as quickly which with sooth various types of dry skin. Ie: Argon Oil
Combination Skin leaves you with an oily T zone and dry surrounding areas. This doesn’t mean you need to use different types of oil, using an oil that is beneficial to all types of skin will work just as well. Ie: Jojoba Oil
Adding the oil that works best for your skin into your daily skin care regimen is quite simple. You may apply the oil prior to moisturizer so it absorbs into the skin or you can apply after your moisturizer so the hydration is locked into place, the technique I have been doing for years. Before trying different oils to find what works for you, do a patch test to avoid possibly having an allergic reaction. Play around with the oil to see what works for you and when to apply the oil to your face. Due to the warmer temps and the strong sun here in Florida, I skip on applying oil to my face during the day. I apply a small amount of oil at night as the body is working in overdrive healing itself and absorbing it properly leaving me waking up with a supple and rejuvenated glow. Find which oil is perfect for your skin and say goodbye to a dull, tired look and say hello to that healthier, more youthful looking skin!
About the Author:
Stephanie Ivonne is a freelance writer and Licensed Esthetician and mother of 2. She spends majority of her free time with her family and friends. When she is not learning about Beauty and Wellness, Stephanie is a Florida girl and loves spending time doing Yoga, running 10ks, Snorkeling and her absolute favorite, Disney!
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