26 Mar Using Skin Oils for Daily Skin Care
In terms of skin care, there are many times the word “oil” is used in reference to being your skin’s enemy. This is especially true when talking with someone who has battled acne-prone, oily skin. Well, you may be a little surprised to hear this, but some oils can be beneficial for your skin – both face and body and even for the most “oily” facial skin. Now, don’t get me wrong; there is an art to finding the right type of oil for your skin. Don’t just grab that vegetable oil out of your pantry and slather it all over your face because you could have less-than-desirable outcome and smell like French fries. So, let’s talk about oils’ bad rap and help you determine which oils would benefit your skin.
Something known as the “oil cleansing method,” or OCM, is gaining popularity. It calls for washing your face with oil. Yes. Washing your face with oil. The idea behind OCM is that “like dissolves like,” so oil dissolves oil, including the hardened sebum that is plugging your pores, causing blackheads and leading to breakouts.
How do topical oils not make your oily skin and breakouts worse? Here’s the deal: The oil your skin produces is much different than the pure plant oils in a facial product. Your skin starts producing more oil that causes breakouts when its oil content isn’t balanced. So if you strip your skin’s natural oils by over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or over-toning, your body will actually produce more oil to compensate. The more of this pore-clogging oil your skin produces, the more buildup you will have, and BOOM, the more breakouts. So adding the right type of oil to your skin can be a good thing. It signals to your body that your skin is balanced and to dial down the oil production.
The next step is to find the right types of oil that will be best for different types of skin. First, let’s look at an oil that will be ideal for oily skin. Hemp seed oil and sunflower oil are ideal oil for many skin types. Specifically, these oils are good for oily skin because of their ability to regulate natural oils (yes, those same natural oils that tend to clog your pores and cause breakouts). Sunflower and hemp seed oils also are full of antioxidants that are great for your skin’s health. Other oils that are helpful with any sort of clogged pores are castor oil and peppermint oil. These oils are pretty harsh, so you should dilute them with another oil, but their qualities will aid in dissolving pore plugs and unclogging the bad oil. The method calls for gently rubbing the oil mixture to your face for about 10 minutes, allowing it to dissolve the sebum and penetrate clogged pores, then using a very warm washcloth to gently wipe off the oil.
As for your body, if you are a person who has dry skin, olive oil would be a great option to add moisture to your skin – but avoid using it on your face because it is more prone to clogging pores. You can actually purchase this from the grocery store. Just check the label and purchase the bottle that says “cold pressed.” The “cold pressed” types are higher in antioxidants. Not only will this give your skin a great amount of moisture, but it is filled with compounds like fatty acids that will help slow down the aging process in your skin.
If you are a person that is not on either end of the dry to oily spectrum and just want a good oil that will moisturize and help your skin look young and youthful, Aragan oil is your oil. This oil, made from the fruit seeds of argan trees, is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce any puffiness or swelling. It is also high in Vitamin E. The only issue with this oil is its price point; at about $50 per bottle, it’s known as “liquid gold.” Coconut oil is another great option for your body but shouldn’t be used on the face.
Just like our ancestors from ancient civilizations who used oil to bathe, you shouldn’t be afraid of slathering on the oil. Oil isn’t the enemy; an oil imbalance is. Our bodies produce too much of it because we strip all of the natural oil from our skins with drying soaps and too-hot showers, so replenish your skin with the right oils!