I’ve never really understood the aversion to using oils on our skin. My mother, who always had amazing skin, swore by baby oil and used it religiously as a makeup remover and to help soothe sunburn. Although baby oil and my skin didn’t get along too well and I do not in any way, shape, or form recommend using it yourself, I understood the concept was sound and so instead used Bio Oil religiously for years. After all, when my mum was 50 most people thought she was 30, so she must have been doing something right!
Since then, using oils in your skincare routine, not just to remove makeup but to moisturise, has become the norm, and everyone has their favourite. From rosehip to argon oil, there’s dozens of different oil varieties, all promising their own skincare secret.
Now, I should mention at this point I don’t actually use Bio Oil anymore. What suited me perfectly in Australia to repair, protect and deeply nourish my skin, doesn’t quite work for me here in cold and wet Scotland. I now swear by Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose oil which is not only pink (my favourite colour) but smells divine, and Nuxe Huile Prodiguese which I am sure I mention every second post, and also smells heavenly.
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose oil is a fair bit lighter than the Nuxe Huile Prodiguese so I vary between these two depending on my mood for the day – prefering rose oil in the mornings of makeup-free days, and Nuxe oil of an evening before bed.
Oh, and of course how could I forget? I use coconut oil as a makeup remover every single day as part of my double cleansing routine. Oils, in my opinion, are an essential part of any daily skincare routine.
See? Oils are everywhere in our beauty routines! But what is it about oil in skincare that make them so special, so important to healthy, beautiful skin?
HEALTHY OILS FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN
The Benefits of Oil in Skin Care
Fight the signs of Aging
Anyone with oily skin knows that oil helps them stay youthful. Because oils help keep our skin hydrated, it means that they slow the signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. By using natural oils that contain antioxidants, not only do they nourish the skin and keep it hydrated, but they can also help fight the free radicals that can negatively effect your skin.
Reduce Inflammation and irritation
These antioxidants also help reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin. Inflammation is typically caused by an autoimmune response to anything from an allergy to stress, and sometimes your body can’t tell the difference between the two, so applying natural oils to the areas affected can help soothe the pain and irritation. This is why natural oils can be used to fight acne, psoriasis, and other skincare concerns.
Offer Deeper Hydration and Protection
I’ve spoken before about the importance of hydrated skin, and natural oils can help keep your skin beautifully nourished. Oils are lipophilic, which means they penetrate deep into our skin and trap water and other hydrating, moisturising elements in. And whilst they’re penetrating deep into our skin, they also help create a hydrolipidic barrier which helps keep bacterial infections, and pollution out.
HEALTHY OILS FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN
There you go! Three incredibly convincing reasons to start using oils in your beauty routine. However, it’s important to remember that not oils are made equal – it’s always better to use natural and organic oils as part of your beauty routine!
What are your favourite oils to help enhance your skins health and beauty? Let me know in the comments!