Because of its greasy nature, oil is the black sheep of the beauty world. But just as there are good oils for your diet, the right natural oils can keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and glowing — and even fight breakouts — without any slimy residue. While there are many commercial anti-aging products available, most of these formulas are expensive and contain potentially harmful chemicals which actually damage your skin in the long-term. Instead of pouring money into these pre-made “beauty products” why not create your own using all natural anti-aging oils?
Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. While it first claimed fame as a savior for dry, damaged hair, the oil also works wonders on the face and body. The fatty acids help our best for dry skin types with intention of anti aging.
Technically a liquid wax, jojoba “oil” most closely mimics the sebum naturally produced by skin and hair. Translation: Whether your complexion is dry, oily, or a little bit o’ both, jojoba oil can help balance out your skin’s moisture levels. It is also anti-inflammatory, a good pick for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin. This is recommended for all skin types.
It is lighter than jojoba oil or coconut oil, and thus better at controlling facial oils. Second, it has a great amount of vitamin E, about twice as much as olive oil! This means it provides antioxidants for your skin. An interesting study measured the ability of grapeseed oil to help oily skin. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid, which has been thought to reduce clogged pores. This is best for oily and acne prone skin.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush, rosehip seed oil is like Mother Nature’s Retin-A without the irritating side effects. It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which work to increase cell turnover. If you use it for a few weeks, you’ll notice significant change in any dark spots, scars, or any other skin discoloration.
This retinol-like effect, and the resulting increase in collagen and elastin production, which means aging skin will benefit from rose hip seed oil, too. Its high concentrations of linoleic acid may also help acneic skin. This is best for uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, and acne-prone skin.
Olive oil — particularly extra-virgin olive oil — is a good all-around natural moisturizer and is recommended for dehydrated skin. It is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. Like jojoba oil, olive oil is similar to the oils naturally produced by our skin and so is absorbed well into the skin. It typically does not cause allergies, but because it’s a heavier oil, those with acne should avoid using it on their face.
Despite the popularity of face oils, there are still plenty of people who are intimidated. Here’s the key: You have to figure out which face oil is right for your skin, and start slowly with just a drop or two.