There is no doubt that natural, whole plant oils are worlds better for your skin than man-made wetting agents and synthetic “moisturizers”. These man-made agents are often derived from mineral oil and petroleum oils. They typically mask the skin rather than actually penetrating and providing real moisture and antioxidant, fatty acid and vitamin nourishment for the skin.
Even though plant based oils are always better, there are certain attributes for each oil that one must be aware of when picking the right type of oil for their skin type. At the same time, there are some oils that are universally beneficial for just about every skin type.
Here’s a summary of 3 of the most popular natural oils for skin care:
Sweet almond oil
This is an oil that is popular both because of its inexpensive cost and for its light texture and ease of absorption. It is often the oil of choice for massage therapists who use natural oils instead of the man-made stuff as well because it absorbs into the skin well without feeling too heavy or greasy.
However, it doesn’t absorb so quickly that it doesn’t provide them with a slippery surface on which to work the muscles long enough which makes it ideal for topical use. Its shelf life is moderate among natural oils, with a window of about six to nine months. This can of course be extended by keeping it in a cool, dark place and may be extended by adding some essential oils to it.
Argan oil is perhaps most well known for its high content of vitamin E. It is also rich in vitamin A and antioxidant polyphenols as well as unsaturated fatty acids which protect the skin.
Argan oil is perhaps better used on more mature or dry skin, but some who have oily skin may also use it to help even skin tone or brighten the skin. It has a denser molecular structure than some of the lighter oils, so those with oily or acne prone skin may want to experiment with it and see if a lighter oil might not work better.
This oil is not only used for healthy skin, but also for healthy hair. It can be worked into the ends of dry hair for extra moisture and sheen and also works alone as a moisturizer and protective agent for the skin.
Apricot kernel oil
Apricot kernel oil is rich in potent antioxidants and protective fatty acids. The kernel of the apricot has even been studied for its anti-cancer properties after a particular nutrient called laetrile or vitamin B 17 was found to play a powerful role in killing cancer cells.
The kernels also possess antimicrobial properties, which extend the shelf life of this oil to about 6-9 months. This oil is prized for its ultra-light and easily absorbed molecular structure.
It is one of the least pore-clogging natural oils and is a great choice for those with oily or acne prone skin as well as those who do not like a greasy after feel. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it a good choice for those who suffer from acne or rosacea.
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