I CANNOT rave about plant oils enough! I first became a big fan of using plant oils for skincare when I trained as a massage therapist (over 10 yeas ago!) Since then I have loved using them on my face + body as I have really seen the benefits. They are so simple and effective to use and an extra bonus is you don't need to spend big bucks either! Some you can buy at your local supermarket and I bet you have some in your kitchen right now...
Everyone's skin is different so finding the right oil for you may take a bit of experimentation but you can have a play and get creative, try blending different oils together to get optimum results.
Take a look at these five plant oils:
good for: all skin types, especially dry skin. Would avoid if you have acne prone skin.
Olive oil is wonderfully nourishing for your skin, it is antibacterial and full of antioxidants to help prevent against harsh environmental factors, sun damage and premature ageing. It contains an active ingredient Squalene which is extremely hydrating as well as vitamins A, D, K & E.
good for: dry skin
Avocado oil is amazing for dry skin. Derived from the avocado seed, it is rich and nourishing. There are 2 types; refined - which is a pale yellow colour and doesn't have a scent and unrefined (which I prefer to use) is dark green in colour and has an earthy, nutty scent.
Avocado oil is antimicrobial + anti-inflammatory. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D + E, which help increase collagen synthesis which in turn make it helpful for slowing down signs of ageing and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
good for: all skin types (great for a face oil)
This is a skincare superstar! It is jam packed full of vitamin C, which helps brighten the skin and can help decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It also has high concentrations of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 + K ,which gives it exceptional regenerative and healing properties. It is great for scar healing (can be used on c section scar).
Rosehip oil also increases collagen production and skin elasticity. A study has shown, that after using rosehip oil for 8 weeks there was a significant improvement in wrinkles (crows feet), elasticity and skin's moisture level.
This oil is also helpful for acne prone skin as it is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and won't block pores..
good for: all skin types, especially oily skin
Jojoba carrier oil is amazingly versatile, and provides a wide range of anti-aging, moisturising and softening benefits to both skin and hair. Native Americans used jojoba oil as a healing salve to remedy a mixture of skin issues and to condition their hair.
Jojoba oil can actually regulate your own oil production as it is so similar to the sebum our bodies naturally produce. It tricks the skin into thinking it has enough sebum so does not produce anymore and as a result rebalances oil production.
Jojoba is a good starting point if you have oily skin and/or are little hesitant on using oils on your face.
good for: all skin types
Sunflower Oil is light in texture and rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid which is great for preventing acne breakouts). The Vitamin E helps maintain the skins outer protective layer by limiting moisture loss and leaves skin soft and supple after use. It slows the look of wrinkles, reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, eliminates acne-causing bacteria, prevents blemishing, and evens out the skin tone.
When using a plant oil for your skin, always choose cold pressed so that you know that the therapeutic benefits haven't been compromised during their production. To add to the benefit of these oils you can add essential oils for a skin concern you may have, I will go more into that another time!
Plant oils are also a great natural alternative to use while you are pregnant to keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple! Ideal to carry on after you've had your babies too, it is a simple luxury and will help keep balance in your skin when there are so many hormonal changes going on.
If you have really sensitive skin/allergies it's always best to try a little patch test first. Let me know if you try any of these oils and how you get on.
I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about using them, so please ask if you're curious!