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Skin care manufacturers often tout the benefits of natural oils in their products, but if you take a closer look at the ingredient list, you’ll see those natural oils are rarely found in high concentrations.
The natural oil is often found somewhere in the middle of the ingredient list, with a large number of chemicals listed before it, or worse; at the bottom of the ingredient list, which means only a small amount of oil is actually in the product.
So here’s an idea, why not cut out all the extra chemicals and simply use the natural active ingredients themselves? If you’re in agreement, check out the top 5 oils to naturally moisturize your skin:
5. E.V.O.O. aka Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This Mediterranean oil isn’t just for salads, when used appropriately, it can do wonders for dry skin. Just make sure that when you purchase extra virgin olive oil, that it’s Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil. That means the oils have been pressed out of the olive mechanically and haven’t been extracted with harsh chemicals or heat.
Once you have the cold pressed olive oil on hand, you can begin to take advantage of its powerful antioxidant effects. You may be wondering, what are antioxidants? Antioxidants prevent oxidation; oxidation is a process that produces free radicals; and free radicals are substances that can cause damage to your skin. Simply put, antioxidants fight substances that can damage your skin, you want them.
While olive oil does a great job of leaving skin soft and moisturized, it does have a couple drawbacks. Olive oil is a heavy oil, which means it can potentially clog pores and cause breakouts. When using olive oil, especially on the face, use a very small amount on a small area first, if no reaction occurs, then expand to larger and more sensitive areas.
4. Coconut Oil
Aside from its purported anti-acne effects, anti-inflammatory effects, and even antibacterial effects; coconut oil is really good at locking in moisture, which makes it a great choice for dry skin. Keep in mind, like EVOO, coconut oil is a bit on the heavier side, but if the oil is applied lightly and in small amounts to the skin, clogged pores shouldn’t be a concern.
This oil spreads with ease, is refreshing, and makes for the perfect after shower moisturizer for your body. If you decide to use coconut oil to moisturize your skin, we recommend Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil. The cold-pressed process retains more of the natural nutrients found in the coconut.
3. Argan Oil
The benefits of this exotic, Moroccan oil are almost too numerous to list, but there are two main benefits that drive people to use Argan oil time and time again: it’s powerful antioxidant effects and its anti-aging effects, mainly due to the high concentrations of vitamin E found in Argan oil.
If that isn’t enough, Argan Oil also applies smoothly, is non-greasy and is a perfect, light moisturizer for the face and body. If you’re looking for a multi-use moisturizer, this oil should definitely be in your possession. Also if you want to boost the moisturizing power of your shampoo and conditioner, just add a few drops of Argan oil to each bottle – your hair will thank you.
2. Jojoba Oil
Whether you pronounce it (joe-joe bah) or (ho-ho bah), this amazing oil will work just the same. Endemic to desert areas, Jojoba was made to survive and thrive in the harsh elements. If you pick up a bottle, it may pass on some of those strong characteristics to your skin. Aside from being a great choice for all skin types, let’s run down some of the great qualities of Jojoba:
- Hypoallergenic, skin reactions are rare with this oil.
- Collagen production, that’s right, this oil may help promote collagen synthesis in your skin.
- It’s a Humectant, which simply means this oil provides a protective barrier for your skin that helps lock in moisture.
- It’s similar to the oil in your own skin, so it’s less likely to clog pores.
Qualities like these are why Jojoba Oil ranks so high on our list. This is an amazing oil that’s definitely worth a try.
1. Rosehip Oil
No name dropping will be done, but a quick Google search will reveal a considerable number of well-known people that love this oil. Even without the endorsements, Rosehip Oil has an extensive list of benefits that will have you ready to try it asap:
- Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A, which are necessary building blocks for collagen production.
- Provides all the moisturizing effects your skin needs, minus the oily feeling.
- It can increase skin firmness and elasticity.
- It can improve skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation on the skin due to dark spots.
- Rosehip Oil can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
How to apply Rosehip Oil to get the best benefits:
Rosehip oil is best applied to the skin via a light massage – gently rub it in for a few seconds on each area. For oily skin, it’s best to apply Rosehip oil very lightly and in small amounts, especially to the facial areas. Keep in mind, while Rosehip Oil is often combined with other oils and moisturizers, it delivers great results all on its own.
A Final Thought
There are a number of different skin types, and every person’s skin will react differently and benefit differently from any one of these oils. Whether you start at the top of this list, or the bottom, we’re sure you’ll find the oil that is just right for you.
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