The general assumption seems to be that oil is bad for our skin and will encourage a ghastly eruption of angry red pimples across our face. Believe it or not, oils aren’t always the reason behind breakouts. In fact, they can actually help clear up spots and give you radiant skin. Yes, you read that right.
I’m going to introduce you to 3 natural oils you NEED to know about if you are yet to take the leap of faith and incorporate a natural oil into your skincare regime. Trust me, you won’t regret it. You can use any of these oils as moisturisers or even as a cleanser. To use as a cleanser, take a few drops and massage into skin then rinse off with a warm wash cloth. Simple!
Why Use Oil?
When we buy an over the counter spot cream or face wash that promises to banish acne and control an oily complexion they are notably full of spot zapping ingredients. Let me let you in on a little secret… some natural oils out there also have these spot zapping & oil controlling properties too…and more! Certain natural oils are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, not to mention they are a powerful source of anti-ageing anti-oxidants and a rich source of essential fatty acids our skin needs yet can’t produce itself… the list goes on. So, not only can natural oils help to combat inflamed and breakout skin but they also help to heal and nourish your skin.
The chemical structure of Jojoba is almost identical to the oil that our skin naturally produces (sebum) which means it is very compatible with our skin and is easily absorbed by our skin. It is light and perfect for anyone new to using natural oils as a moisturisers or cleanser. Jojoba is also an excellent choice for those with oily complexions because it is very effective at controlling and balancing our skin’s natural oil production. How? Well, because jojoba is very similar to sebum, it tricks your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and subsequently sends out signals to produce less sebum. Bye bye excess oil! Jojoba is anti-microbial which means that is prevents the growth of microbes and bacteria on the skin. So believe it or not, it can actually help clear up breakouts!
Another beautifully light oil, Rosehip is rich in essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids help to regenerate skin cells and repair skin damage. This oil is therefore excellent at improving the overall tone and texture of our skin. Rosehip oil is well known for evening out skin tone, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fading scars and burns. It is light, easily absorbed and perfect for literally anyone but particularly those who are concerned about delaying signs of ageing too. This oil will leave your skin feeling hydrated and looking radiant. I’m using the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil right now and I’m in love. Perfect for post breakout scarring, perfect for maintaing healthy glowy skin.
Grapeseed is light and easily absorbed by the skin. Commonly known as a non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores) this oil is full of anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids to leave your skin feeling hydrated and looking radiant. Anti-oxidants protect and defend our skin which means that this oil is perfect for fighting signs of ageing whilst conditioning your skin at the same time. It is mildly astringent which helps tone and balance the skin too. Use this oil if you want something super lightweight yet nourishing. A good choice for those who have sensitive skin and for those who worry about oils breaking them out (it wont… I promise!)
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