When it comes to skin care I have become very conscious of what I use. I know that in some of the cheaper products I use for make up (Sorry, can’t afford those wondercream, 100€ make up foundations) there aren’t only the best, chemical free ingredients, so when in the evening it comes down to treating the skin right, I am an all-natural lover.
Over the last months I have experimented with some different oils, and I have stuck with 3 of them. As I love naturals but am not the most consistent of all people I am guilty of sometimes using the three oils simultaneously, like in the morning oil 1, in the evening oil 2, three days later oil 3. That may or may not be wise, I at least have not recognized any downsides, but some true upsides!
Generally speaking, especially in winter I think that natural oils are one of the best things you can do for your skin. It’s an additional protection and some of them have amazing nutrients.
If you are not yet a lover of natural oils for skin care, or want to try out a new one, check some of the facts, including personal experience, upsides and downsides, below! Remember that this is only a quick introduction to some important ideas – for more information on one of the oils there are endless articles explaiing their advantages for you to explore!
3 wonderful oils for your skin
1. The newbie: ChiaSeedOil – Chia seed oil is the most recent one I have tried out. I have stumbled on it by chance in our supermarket and was curious to give it a try.
Chia oil is fuuuull of fatty acids. Sure, you might say, I can see that oil is fat, but this kind of fat really helps to keep your skin membranes intact! It is, in fact, one of the richest oils including this Omega 3 acid! Additionally, it is extremely helpful when you are fighting dry skin. But while around 60% of it are composed of those healthy acids, other ingredients include zinc, calcium, magnesium and B Vitamines – you’ll understand now why it is so highly praised.
Its light, it doesn’t shine, it doesn’t stay on the skin long – in short, it’s my favorite morning oil as it doesn’t leave the impression of fatty skin, and it still deeply hydrates it! Especially in winter I like to use it under the foundation and haven’t experienced problems with it so far. What you will have to get used to is the smell. It’s not bad, but a bit peculiar.
2. The homie: Olive Oil – I am a super huge fan of olive oil. I love cooking with it, treating my nails with it, massaging it into my skin and hair. It’s an all-rounder – and most likely you have it at home already. Watch out to use extra dry virgin oil though – it will help your skin better than a processed one!
It helps fighting off bacteria, enriches your skin and has antioxidant properties. It is advised to do an allergy test on a small spot before, however. It may cause allergic reactions or worsen your skin condition if you have very sensitive skin!
Luckily, I can use olive oil just fine. On very very cold days, I don’t apply it only to my face, but put it on my whole body, as a kind of end-of-day ritual. The advantage is that you feel very cozy and your skin feels great, however, it doesn’t get absorbed very fast. If you plan to go out that evening, remember that you might look like you’ve fallen into a butterpot!
3. The star: Coconut Oil – during the last couple of years coconut oil has gained a lot of world-wide fame as THE superfood (and super skin care). Well, I couldn’t very well let that slip past me, could I?
While coconut oil too is known for moistening the skin, it is also famous for fighting eczema! Is antioxidant properties fight rashes and red spots and it is great to use not only on the face but also on other parts of your body which might need treatment, without the negative effects of for example cortisone. Additionally, it is said that little wounds or cuts heal faster and that scars lighten when coconut oil is applied to it regularly.
While I love using coconut oil every now and then, especially also because of the smell (note: If you hate the smell of coconuts, this one might not be right for you!), I feel as if it gets “too much” for my skin to absorb after some time. Using it two or three times a week is perfectly fine, if I top that, however, my skin feels too fatty and that’s not a particularly nice feeling! It did help with a little rash I had on my arm though! Many people suggest using coconut oil for hair treatment as well. That didn’t got well at all for me though, but I guess that’s something everyone has to find out for herself.
It’s important to decide what we put on our skin. It gets absorbed and thereby can help or harm our body. If you’ve resolved to use all natural products for skin care only, you’ve already come a far way. Using oils (and there are many more to choose from) might not be everyone’s first idea, but it definitely supports the skin, reduces the risk of wrinkles, and can even have antioxidant or anti-excemic acids. A try out is cheaper than many factorized products, and likely also healthier.