Benefits of using plant oils for your skin
In recent years natural oils for face, body and hair have become one of the most popular beauty products used for everyday skincare.
No wonder – natural oils have many beneficial properties for the skin: they moisturise, protect and nourish it, strengthen and rejuvenate the skin. If I say natural oils I mean unrefined, cold pressed and organic plant and seeds oils like avocado oil, coconut oil or rosehip oil. Plant oils are usually extracted from nuts, seeds and fruits.
Plant and seed oils have been used in skincare for centuries. Not only do they moisturise the skin but also cleanse it. They are therefore important ingredients in many skincare and face cleansing products.
Plant oils have similar structure to lipid barrier of our skin and are made of substances that already exist in the skin. Plant oils are made of chains of fatty acids which are the same fatty acids that are present in the lipid barrier in the top layer of the skin. When used on the skin oils are absorbed directly into the top layer of the skin – epidermis and start to nourish and strengthen it. When the epidermis is healthy and strong it has better abilities to protect all the layers of the skin and help it to retain moisture. It’s even better to use a mixture of oils and botanical active ingredients as some oils are able to penetrate deeper layers of the skin and carry active substances deep into the skin.
Plant oils are abundant in fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) but the most important is that some of them are rich in essential fatty acids which our bodies don’t produce. Essential fatty acids are building blocks from which all other fatty acids (omega 6, omega 3) are made. As the body cannot make them we have to deliver them either through the skin or orally. Essential fatty acids are very important for our skin, they keep the right level of moisture, they protect the skin from adverse factors by keeping the lipid barrier strong and healthy. Oils that are abundant in essential fatty acids are: evening primrose oil, borage oil, hemp seed oil, chia seed oil, kiwi seed oil, sunflower oil, rosehip oil.
Apart from fatty acids plant oils deliver many other substances to our skin like vitamins, antioxidants or phytosterols.
To summarize, the most important benefits of using natural plant oils for your skin are:
They protect and strengthen lipid barrier of our skin and keep the right level of moisture.
They help with skin regeneration, improve skin elasticity and firmness.
They regulate the production of the sebum which is the oily substance produced by our skin. Therefore they are good both for oily and dry skin as they balance the production if it’s either too much or too little.
They soothe the irritation and redness of the skin and fight inflammation as well.
They rejuvenate the skin, help with blemishes, even the skin tone and the skin looks glowing, healthy and youthful.
Plant oils are beneficial for all types of skin.
Dry skin will be soothed, softened and kept hydrated by emollient and occlusive properties of some oils which form the protective barrier on the skin and keep the moisture in. Good examples of oils suitable for dry skin are: jojoba oil, rice bran oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil.
Oily skin will benefit from balancing properties of some oils. There are oils that can balance overproduction (or underproduction) of the sebum and with time rebalance oily skin back to normal. Oils suitable for oily skin are: rosehip oil, chia seed oil, hemp seed oil, kiwi seed oil.
Sensitive skin will get the benefits of soothing properties of some oils. The oils will help with redness and irritation and will soothe inflammation of the skin in conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Some oils are gentle enough to be used on skin of babies and children. Oils that are good for sensitive skin are: apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, rice bran oil.
Mature skin will benefit from powerful antioxidant properties of the oils which protect the skin from adverse effects of free radicals and they help to keep skin elastic, smooth and firm. Oils recommended for mature skin are avocado oil, argan oil, macadamia nut oil, borage oil
You can find all the benefits that plant oils offer in AYA GREEN SKINCARE Facial Oils. These oils are unique blends of natural, organic and cold pressed plant and seeds oils and they are designed to nourish, rejuvenate and protect the skin. The ingredients are chosen carefully to suit the needs of each type of skin. There are 5 different facial oils to choose from:
For sensitive skin
For acne prone skin
For oily skin
For dry skin
For combination and normal skin
You can find more information about the oils on the website www.ayagreenskincare.com