Moisturizing oils to protect the skin

Using vegetable oils on the skin is certainly not a new concept, since this practice goes back several hundred years. The difference today is that the scientific literature has looked at the issue and has brought to light some fascinating effects of these little clear potions. We will not go so far as to say that they are "miraculous", but using them properly can have a surprising effect on the skin.

What is it?

Moisturizing oils usually include fragrant vegetable oils (eg essential oils), unscented vegetable oils and synthetic oils (eg mineral).

The first, essential oils are ideally avoided because a majority of them have a high potential irritant and sensitizing. Yes, they smell super good, but often do more harm than good. Using a scented candle will provide just as much fragrant pleasure without causing damage to your skin. ;)

The second, vegetable oils, are your best allies. We will come back to this later in the article.

The third, mineral oils, although they do not have a very good reputation, are for the most part not as bad and damaging as is implied. However, with equal ingredients, using those that come directly from nature is always more interesting.

Interesting fact: Although they are often called "face oil", moisturizing oils work just as well for the body, and the hair.

Which moisturizing oils is it for?

Moisturizing oils can be used by all types of skin (yes, even fat), but are particularly appreciated by those who have dry skin at times (eg winter) or ... all the time! The important thing is to choose the type of oil you use and the way you use it.

What you should know is that the oils contain several excellent ingredients (antioxidants, emollients, humectant, etc.), but generally lack several other essential elements for the skin such as repair of the hydration barrier (niacinamide , ceramides, hyaluronic acid, etc.) They can not replace a good moisturizer well formulated. They are however perfect to keep the water inside the skin, give it a boost and soothe! Better to see them as a great "boost" for the skin. In other words, they are the support player in your routine, not the leader.

Although several companies offer "unique" oils (eg pure jojoba oil, argan oil or marula oil), it is better to focus on assembling several oils that provide a variety of different but key elements to the skin.

How to use them?

What is interesting about oils is that their use is very versatile. Mix a few drops with your daily moisturizer to make it richer (an excellent way to adapt your routine to the seasons without having to buy new products). Put a few drops on your face after having cleaned to soothe, follow your usual serum. Apply a few drops of oil after completing your makeup for an instant glow or put a few drops on the tip of your hair.

You will see, after some uses you will be convinced of the beneficial effect of oils on your body;)


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