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Best natural oils for face moisturizer: Natural face oils for every skin type

Natural face oils for every skin type

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From avocado to argan, these are our favourite oils for the face and beyond

It wasn’t that long ago just talking about face oil was enough to make us break out. Oil on oily skin? You must be kidding, right? But as it turns, they’re total game-changers and if you haven’t already got them in your natural skincare routine you’d best read on, stat. 

Super hydrating and easily absorbed, they boast essential nutrients that can assist with anti-ageing and most are brilliant multi-taskers that can also be used on hair, lips and nails.

With so many options it’s tricky to know which ones to choose so we’ve rounded up our favourites and the skin types they’re best suited to.

Argan oil

Remember when everyone lost their minds over Moroccan oil (aka argan oil) in a bid for lustrous locks? Well it turns out this oil isn’t just good for your strands it’s great for faces too. Rich in fatty acids, it’s super moisturising. It’s also great for nails and lips too.

Best for; dry skin, chapped lips and brittle nails

Jojoba oil 

We’ve interviewed many natural beauty experts and as far as they’re concerned a single blend jojoba oil is one of the cheapest and most effective natural oils for your face. Why? Because its wax esters contain the same molecular structure as the sebum on our skin. In other words, it helps our skin stay youthful and prevent wrinkles, YES PLEASE! It’s also full of Omega 3 and 6 and vitamins A, D and E. Great for both sensitive and dry skin.

Best for; anti-aging or sensitive skin

Olive oil

TBH, it’s probably not the first oil you’d think about slathering all over your face but this pantry staple is surprisingly versatile and it’s really nourishing, especially on dry skin. Ideal if you’re ever caught short, it’s also great for hair, cuticles, cracked heels and to remove eye makeup. Remember to always reach for the extra virgin.

Best for; emergencies, hair, nails and heels

Coconut oil

Trusty coconut oil has long caused a buzz in natural beauty circles however, not everyone’s convinced – does it or doesn’t it clog your pores when used as a moisturiser? That being said, it’s antibacterial and antifungal, and great for dry hair, makeup removal or used as a carrier oil if essential oils are your bag. You can also add it to coffee grinds for a DIY scrub or oatmeal for a zero-waste facemask. However, if you’re prone to acne then it’s probably safer to steer clear of this one.  

Best for; use as a carrier oil

Rosehip oil

Known for its anti-ageing and anti-scarring properties, rosehip oil contains Vitamin E, which is anti-inflammatory and Vitamin C, for skin brightening. It’s also a natural source of essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9, that help to repair and regenerate damaged skin tissue. What we love most though, is that it’s not as greasy as some other oils. It’s also great for stretch marks and pregnant bellies.

Best for; scarring or stretch marks

Macadamia oil

After jojoba, macadamia oil is considered the closest match to the natural properties of our skin. It contains squalene and oleic acid that assist with cell regeneration, which means it’s a great option for dry or chapped skin as it softens, moisturises and repairs. It contains phytosterols that assist with itchiness and redness, plus it is also widely spruiked as an anti-ageing oil.

Best for; ageing, redness or irritation 

Avocado oil

Turns out avo isn’t just great smashed on your sourdough, it’s good for our skin too! It’s lighter than coconut oil but just as hydrating and absorbs faster. Power nutrients include beta carotene, lecithin, and it’s high in vitamin E. And like macadamia it contains phytosterols which can assist in the production of collagen. Look for it in the supermarket as a single blend oil or in your favourite serum as a composite to ingredients like rosehip.  

Best for; mature skin



How to Get Rid of Freckles: 7 Ways

Freckles are a natural variation of human skin. While they aren’t harmful, treatments do exist to lighten them.

Freckles are tan or light brown spots on your skin. They’re made of clusters of skin cells that contain the pigment melanin. Unlike moles, which are raised, freckles are flat. Freckles aren’t painful or harmful.

No one is born with freckles, even though they may be genetic. They’re triggered by sun exposure. If you have freckles and want to get rid of them, here are seven ways to consider.

Sunscreen won’t get rid of existing freckles, but it helps prevent new ones. You should wear sunscreen year-round, even when it’s cloudy.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen to bare skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Laser treatment uses pulses of focused, intense light to target damaged areas of skin. There are different types of lasers. According to a 2015 study, the 1064 Q-Switched Nd YAG laser is effective for treating freckles. Study results showed treatment with this laser lightened more than 50 percent of freckles in 62 percent of participants.

Laser treatment is generally safe. The risk of scarring is low. However, other side effects may occur, including:

  • itching
  • swelling
  • redness
  • crustiness
  • peeling
  • infection
  • changes in skin color

If you have a history of oral herpes, you may need to take an antiviral medication before undergoing laser treatment. That’s because the laser can stimulate a flare-up of herpes around your mouth.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe other medications or creams before the procedure. They may also recommend avoiding certain medications or products before the procedure. Let your doctor know about any medications or creams you’re using.

It may take up to two weeks to recover from laser treatment. Multiple sessions are usually needed to achieve desired results.

Cryosurgery uses extreme cold in the form of liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy abnormal skin cells. Cryosurgery is generally safe, and it requires no anesthesia and little recovery time. Some potential side effects are hypopigmentation, bleeding, and blistering. Cryosurgery rarely causes scarring.

Fading cream, also called bleaching cream, is available both over the counter and by prescription. Many fading creams contain hydroquinone, an ingredient thought to suppress melanin production and lighten darkened areas of skin.

Topical hydroquinone cream may cause:

  • inflammation
  • dryness
  • burning
  • blistering
  • skin discoloration

In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered bleaching products that contained up to 2 percent hydroquinone as generally safe and effective. In 2006, new evidence indicated hydroquinone may cause cancer in rats and result in skin darkening and disfiguration. This led the FDA to nominate hydroquinone for further study under the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

Retinoid cream is a vitamin A compound. It’s used to improve sun-damaged skin and lighten freckles. According to a 2014 review, retinoids may offer photoprotection by absorbing ultraviolet B radiation. This may help prevent new freckles from forming.

Retinoid creams are available with or without a prescription. Common side effects are:

  • redness
  • dryness
  • skin irritation
  • peeling
  • sensitivity

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to exfoliate and peel off areas of damaged skin. To remove freckles, a moderate skin peel containing glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid penetrates the skin’s middle layers. Once damaged skin is removed, new skin is generated.

Chemical peels may temporarily cause:

  • stinging
  • peeling
  • redness
  • irritation
  • crusting
  • swelling

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, moderate skin peels take up to two weeks to heal. You’ll need to soak your skin daily and apply topical ointment. You’ll also need to take a prescription antiviral for up to two weeks, and avoid the sun until your skin has healed.

There are several natural remedies people swear by to get rid of freckles. None are scientifically proven. Still, most are unlikely to cause harm when used in moderation.

These natural remedies include:

Lemon juice: Apply lemon juice directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and then wash it off. Lemon juice is thought to lighten skin.

Honey: Combine honey with salt or sugar to make a scrub. Honey may help lighten pigmentation.

Buttermilk: Apply buttermilk directly to your skin. You should leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. You can also create a mask by combining buttermilk with oatmeal. Buttermilk has lactic acid, which could potentially help lighten your freckles.

Sour cream: Apply sour cream directly to your skin, and then wash it off after a few minutes. Like buttermilk, sour cream contains lactic acid.

Yogurt: Apply yogurt directly to your skin and leave it on for a few minutes. Yogurt also contains lactic acid.

Onion: Rub the onion over your skin, and then rinse your skin in warm water. Onion can act as an exfoliate and may help lighten spots.

If you experience any irritation, stop using the remedy.

Your skin contains cells called melanocytes that produce the pigment melanin. Melanin helps protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sun exposure encourages melanocytes to produce more melanin. Freckles are a build-up of melanin on your skin’s outer layer.

Most people with large numbers of freckles have fair skin, although anyone can get them. Even though fair-skinned people normally produce less melanin than those with darker skin, their melanocytes produce more melanin during sun exposure.

Some freckles are in it for the long haul. Others are most prominent in the summer due to increased sun exposure, but will fade during winter or by avoiding direct sunlight. Freckles that are hereditary may diminish as you age. Freckles caused by sun damage tend to increase with age.

Freckles are noncancerous, but they may be confused with skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure is a risk factor for both freckles and melanomas. Melanoma is more common in people with fair skin or freckles than in those with dark skin.

If you notice changes in size, color, or shape of a freckle, see your doctor or dermatologist. They’ll be able to determine whether it’s a reason for concern.

Learn more: Skin cancer symptoms »

Freckles are common and benign, yet many people want to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. Invasive remedies such as laser therapy and chemical peels are effective, but require extensive healing time and may cause serious side effects.

If you want to send your freckles packing, talk to your dermatologist to determine the best removal method for you. No matter what method you choose, it’s important to practice safe sun care afterward to help prevent new freckles.

Keep reading: How to get rid of dark spots on the face »

Vegetable oils instead of face cream – Nathnennya Factory

Almond oil, apricot oil, shea butter – these are the ingredients we look for when reading the label of any cream. We all know that vegetable oils are very beneficial for the skin. They relatively rarely cause allergies, are well absorbed by the skin and contain many components that are beneficial for the skin. It occurs to many people not to look for vegetable oils in cosmetics, but to use them in their pure form instead of a cream. And this makes some sense. But you need to know the nuances.

The balance of water and oils in facial care

Water and vegetable oils form the basis of healthy facial care. Without water, the skin will look dull, and with a prolonged lack of water, it can thank you with peeling, wrinkles and other troubles.

Oils in cosmetics help draw water into the skin. They also soften the skin well, nourish it and enhance the protective functions.

While oils are perfectly absorbed by the skin, water is hardly absorbed. Therefore, there is no point in spraying water on the face for moisturizing, there is little moisturizing effect also in various gels.

Therefore, for a complete face care, we need both oils and water. It would seem that you just need a good cream and that’s it. But not everything is so simple. The cream cannot be made without functional additives – emulsifiers, stabilizers, preservatives. And the skin can react quite negatively to these supplements.

Not every cream contains quality oils. Vegetable oils in creams are also a problem for the manufacturer. They oxidize and behave unstable. It is much more convenient to use glycerin, petroleum jelly or mineral oil, and there is little benefit from such a cream. In addition, vegetable oils are absorbed by the skin much better than the same oils in the cream. Therefore, there are many reasons to supplement your skin care with natural vegetable oils, and in some cases to replace them.

Under what conditions can oils be used instead of cream?

Every year the number of supporters of 100% natural skin care increases in the world. Therefore, a lot of experience has accumulated on how to properly apply oils for face care, so as not to harm.

You can use oils only with benefit and without harm under certain conditions:

  • You moisturize the skin from the inside, that is, you drink enough water during the day. Cosmetics nourish the skin by about 25%, while we get the main components from nutrition. Therefore, for healthy skin, sufficient hydration is at least 6 glasses of water throughout the day.
  • Stay out of the sun during the day. Some oils have little sun protection. However, with active sun, this protection will not be enough. Therefore, in the summer, it is better to apply oils at night, and during the day choose a cream with UV protection. If you are absolutely against the cream, then take care of a wide-brimmed hat that completely covers the face and closed clothing for the body.
  • Use vegetable oil complex instead of alone. A combination of oils works better than one oil alone. Just like eating a healthy variety of foods, the skin will be more grateful for a variety of care. For a better effect, vegetable oil can be supplemented with essential oil.

Many of those who practice oil facials also recommend not using aggressive cleansers (based on Sodium lauryl sulfate), but replacing them with natural products – ubtan, oatmeal or rice powder. After all, surfactants can weaken the lipid mantle of the skin, and make it more vulnerable. This, of course, is a good recommendation, but it has nothing to do with oil care. Therefore, vegetable oils, on the contrary, allow you to restore the lipid mantle much better than a cream.

In some cases, the use of vegetable oils instead of cream is the only way out. For example, for dermatitis or allergic reactions to cosmetics, it is better to limit yourself to one product than to use a cream with forty components. In addition, allergies to preservatives and flavorings in the cream happen much more often than to butter.

How to use oils instead of cream?

There are several basic rules for applying oils instead of creams correctly.

  • Apply oil to damp skin. The most important thing to know about oils is the fact that they must be applied to well-moisturized skin before the face. For moisturizing, it is better to use a fresh decoction of herbs, hydrolate, or at least purified mineral water.
  • Use a small amount of oil. An excessive amount of oil on the skin will not be comfortable for you, and this is not the case when it is worth making sacrifices for the sake of beauty. Apply just a few drops at a time so that the oil is absorbed into the skin on its own without any blotting with a napkin.
  • Combine oil application with massage. A few minutes of self-massage every day is a sure step towards healthy and beautiful skin. Facial massage stimulates blood circulation in the skin of the face, which means nourishment inside, disperses the lymph, prevents excessive muscle tension, leads to the appearance of wrinkles and facial deformation.

Oils in addition to cream.

If you are just starting your transition to natural cosmetics, the best place to start is to use oils as an addition to your basic skin care routine.

Option 1: oil in the evening, cream in the morning.

One of the options for supplementing care with oils that our clients successfully use is the use of oil instead of evening cream. The oil does a great job of nourishing the skin, but as we wrote above, it does not do a very good job of protecting the sun. Therefore, we recommend using an SPF cream in the morning, and in the evening instead of a cream, a mixture of oils that are suitable for your skin type. If you supplement the evening care with a massage, the result will not be long in coming

Option 2: Oil with cream

This option may not always be successful, because it is not so easy to find a good oil-cream company. However, you can apply a few drops of oil to make the cream more nourishing. The advantage of this application is that the oil can be applied to individual areas of the skin, and not to the entire face. For example, with combination skin, apply oils only to dry areas of the skin, for example, around the eyes.

Never add oils or any other method directly to a jar of cream, shampoo. This may damage the product.

How to choose the right oil for your skin type?

Choosing the right oil for your skin is not an easy task, but it’s easier than choosing a good cream. Here are the oils recommended for different skin types.

If your skin is prone to breakouts, be sure to test the oil for comedogenicity. Read more about this in our article “What you need to know about the comedogenicity of oils”

Oils for dry skin

Owners of dry skin love more oils in facial care. Dry skin is not prone to comedones, so the choice of oils for it is quite wide. Olive oil, jojoba, almond, apricot, shea, macadamia, avocado, rosehip, argan oil will suit you.

Base oil can be supplemented with a few drops of essential oil. In this case, pink (but beware of fakes), lavender, geranium, sandalwood, neroli, chamomile are best suited.

Oils for oily and combination skin

Oils for oily and combination skin should be chosen carefully, because such skin is prone to comedones. For this type of skin, grape seed oil, safflower oil, hemp, sunflower (refined only), hemp, hazelnut oil are suitable.

Essential oils of bergamot, lemon, lime, rosemary, lavender, mint, lemon balm, thyme can supplement the care. ylang-ylang, patchouli, cloves. But be careful with citrus oils, they are phototoxic, so after using them you should not go outside. Citrus oils are best used in cosmetics that are washed off or in evening skin care routines.

Oils for problematic skin

For problematic skin, you can choose one of the oils for oily skin as a base oil. However, it is worth supplementing with oils with a pronounced antibacterial effect. In this case, laurel oils and tea tree oils will be useful.

Under no circumstances should you use coconut oil for problematic skin. This oil does have an antibacterial effect, however, it thickens the sebum, as a result, it pollutes the sebaceous ducts, which causes the formation of comedones.

what to choose and how to use

Botanical products can moisturize and tighten the skin, as well as restore its elasticity and fresh glow.

Types of cosmetic oils for the face

How to choose the right cosmetic oil

When buying cosmetic oil, pay attention to its composition. In addition to the fact that the oil is extracted from nuts, fruits and seeds of plants, it must be obtained by cold pressing and with a high degree of purification.

Cosmetic oil with a strong smell, as a rule, contains essential oils that are not recommended for the skin in their pure form (they are added to creams or masks). Exceptions are lavender, rose, sea buckthorn and tea tree oil. Therefore, ideally, it is better to take vegetable pomace, which can be used in any form. They are sold in specialized cosmetic stores.

Almost all oils are not friendly with the sun (an exception is coconut oil). Therefore, it is very important that the container for the oil is glass and dark. If the oil is on an open display case, then most likely it is spoiled.

Skin type

Tea tree oil is suitable for problematic and oily skin, it fights bacteria. Argan oil perfectly moisturizes without leaving a greasy sheen. It is not recommended to use avocado oil, which can clog pores.

Oils with a soothing effect are used for sensitive skin. For example, peach, lavender or pink. All redness will disappear from the skin, the tone and complexion will even out. Castor oil is contraindicated, on the contrary, it will provoke inflammation.

Absolutely any cosmetic oils are suitable for women and girls with a normal skin type – from sea buckthorn to cocoa or coconut oil. They perfectly nourish and moisturize the skin. Smoothes wrinkles and restores skin elasticity.

If there are a lot of blackheads on the face, then oils based on citrus fruits will help get rid of them. For example, lemon oil. It contains a lot of vitamin E, which is responsible for youth and radiance.

Separately, for mimic and age wrinkles, it is better to choose oils that contain a lot of antioxidants, as well as vitamins of youth (A and E). This oil is rose, jasmine, jojoba. Coconut oil is good for nutrition and hydration.

Depending on the time of day

The best time to apply oils is in the evening before going to bed. So there is a greater chance that the oil will be absorbed and will work. Roughly speaking, it will be able to show all its healing properties, as well as become a conductor for night creams and serums.

Decorative cosmetics, which are used during the day, prevent the skin from “breathing”, and, accordingly, the oil remains on the surface and only salts the skin. Absolutely all types of cosmetic oils are suitable for evening use

If you apply cosmetic oils in the morning, then only as an additive. A few drops of etherol will be a great addition to the base cream. For such use, “light” base oils are suitable – peach, sea buckthorn, tea tree oil, and so on.

How to use cosmetic oil correctly

“Light” base oils (olive, linseed, almond, avocado, etc.) can be mixed in any combination (however, no one canceled the instructions). The main rule: in one mixture, use no more than 5 types of oils (in equal proportions). If the oil is added to creams or serums, then a certain percentage must be observed.

Cosmetic oils are often used for skin cleansing – make-up removal. They perfectly remove impurities without injuring the skin. The oil is applied to the cosmetic sponge like a regular micellar. Olive oil is perfect for this.

– There are a number of general guidelines on how to use beauty oils to get the most out of them.