Dry, sensitive, oily skin, dull complexion, acne, eczema… You may not have known it, but vegetable oils are ideal for naturally and effectively treating our skin problems. To be used pure or in a homemade blend, they have now become a must have of the beauty bag. How to apply them on the skin of the face? Which vegetable oil to target for which skin problem? The editor makes a complete point on the question.
How to apply it on the face and which should you avoid?
First thing to know: vegetable oil is not a cream. No need to put a lot, a few drops are enough to care for your facial skin. You can use it once in the morning (under your day cream) and once in the evening to replace your night cream. Be sure to cleanse your face first using, for example, the technique of layering.
Vegetable oil is applied to slightly damp skin in order to improve its action by a moisturizing effect. Of course you have to apply a vegetable oil that suits the needs of your skin. We will detail all this a little further down in this article. However, avoid vegetable oils with a strong comedogenic index. This refers to the oils that clog the pores, create excess sebum and therefore the appearance of the famous comedones. Small yellow or black pimples that create blemishes on the skin.
Here, we denote in particular wheat germ, coconut, peach kernel, palm or flaxseed oil. Also pay attention to mustard oil which can heat and sting the skin. Same instructions for aromatic oils (Nigella, bay laurel, pistachio mastic…) which are very active and must be diluted in something more neutral such as apricot, sweet almond or jojoba oil for example.
For each skin problem its vegetable oil
Want to give it a try? We advise you tobuy organic vegetable oils in Biocoop or specialized stores like Aroma Zone for example. The more neutral and natural the product, the better it is for your skin.
1 – I have dry skin
- sweet almond oil : to soothe and soften. Emollient, she nourishes and repairs in addition to protecting from drying out and leaving the skin soft.
- Borage oil : effective in soothing sensitive and discomfort-prone skin. She restores its elasticity in addition to repairing it.
- avocado oil : it nourishes, softens and repairs the skin. In preventive care, she even protects against external aggressions and has anti-aging properties.
2 – I have oily & acne-prone skin
- nuts oil : it easily regulates sebum while nourishing the skin.
- jojoba oil : a reference in the matter. She regulates pH and sebum secretion and penetrates quickly while reducing the feeling of “thick skin”.
- oily carrot macerate : it rebalances oily skin and penetrates quickly thanks to its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. Non-comedogenic, it prevents the formation of the famous buttons acne.
3 – I want to slow down skin aging
- rosehip oil : ultra dosed in vitamin A, it boosts collagen production and elastin. The epidermis is more supple and firmer.
- raspberry oil : very rich in essential fatty acids. The skin is revitalized and cell renewal, promoted.
4 – I have sensitive skin
- calendula oily macerate : anti-inflammatory, this oil drastically reduces inflammation and redness. It nourishes and softens the skin effectively.
- sweet almond oil : ideal for repairing chapping, dermatoses and care for babies. Soft, it penetrates quickly and will eventually make our skin less reactive.
- nuts oil : it deeply nourishes, regulates sebum, protects the skin from external aggressions and helps soften it. She also tightens poreswhich helps fight infections.
5 – I have a dull complexion
- oily carrot macerate : most famous trick. This oil activates the complexion and facilitates tanning, from the first application. It softens and nourishes our skin.
- apricot kernel oil : soft and penetrating, it restores strength and vitality. Like carrot oil, it also facilitates tanning.
- coconut oil : rich in fatty acids, it will almost instantly illuminate the skin of our face. We can also use it on our hair!
6 – I have combination skin
- grape seed oil : it cleanses while nourishing the skin. sebum regulating, the epidermis is purified, rebalanced and cleansed.
- jojoba oil : its regulating pH will allow the skin to understand that its zone T is well protected and thus, not to become greasy.
- Argan Oil : quickly absorbed, it nourishes and protects both dry and oily areas. Non-comedogenic, you can use it with your eyes closed!
If you have any doubts about which oil to choose, do not hesitate to look on the internet and/or ask a pharmacist or herbalist. You can always test the oil on a small corner of your hand before applying it to your face. If your skin problems persist, do not hesitate to consult a dermatologist.
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