How Facial Oils Help Skin
You may have noticed that more and more cosmetic brands have been launching pure vegetable oils such as argan, jojoba, coconut or oil blend in recent years with tempting claims about their effectiveness? But do skin care oils really fulfill their potential?
The facts backed by increasing research on what vegetable oils can do for the skin are quite fascinating. They may not be miraculous, but real pure vegetable oils or carefully selected blends of oils can make a significant difference to dry, dehydrated, sensitive, but also oily and problematic skin. In fact, for every skin problem, there is a specific oil that helps to solve it.
Are oils the right choice for you?
Oils will prove to be a great choice if you are struggling with occasional (usually seasonal) or chronically dry, flaky or dehydrated skin where conventional moisturizers don't work enough no matter how rich and soothing they are. Instead of constantly looking for a new moisturizer you can easily add face (argan oil or wild rose hip oil) to your routine and see a nice difference. Your skin will become smooth, softer, supple and naturally radiant. The oils are also useful for maintaining vital skin hydration and have amazing instant smoothing properties, and will especially benefit the skin that needs extra nourishment and renewal in the cold winter months. If you have oily skin, putting facial oils is probably the last thing you would do...but in cosmetics there are different rules, because by applying the right oils (jojoba or hazelnut) you can give the skin a signal to stop excessive oil production.
Cream or oil?
If you have dry skin, there isn´t more effective combination of nutrients than vegetable oils. It is vegetable oils, with the addition of essential oils, that allow long-term maintenance of moisture in the skin. Vegetable oils are a rich source of antioxidants and emollients (skin-softening substances), but on the other hand they do not contain enough skin-renewing ingredients (such as niacinamide, retinol or peptide) or hydration-enhancing ingredients (such as ceramide and hyaluronic acid). So it is not wise to replace the oil with a cream or moisturizer. The great advantage of oils over creams is that they can be used anywhere on the face or body - there is no research showing that certain oils are better for one or the other part of your skin. For the prevention of stretch marks you will hardly find anything better than vegetable oils, and in the body massage the oils are truly unrivaled. Vegetable oils are excellent carriers of various medicinal substances that dissolve easily in oils such as essential oils, oil soluble vitamins such as vitamin E, and natural substances that have an emollient effect. But vegetable can`t replace other essential skin care ingredients. Let vegetable oil or a blend of vegetable oils serve as an important supplement your routine. The winning combination would be to apply the oil under your usual cream.
Your skin is a complex organ that can never satisfy all its needs with one product or one miracle ingredient. Think of oils as a supporting players rather than a leading role in the complete skin care routine.