Different natural oils are a great remedy for dry skin, especially during the winter when cold air and excessive clothing dry it out. When it comes to use, there are definitely few rules you have to follow. Here are some of them:
Less is more
Your face won’t definitely get that greasy look if you apply the oil lightly, with only a few drops. Also, pay attention to the oil you’re using. Dry oils like rosehip oil are perfect for this.
Always go natural
Natural oils which mimic skin oil properties help to make it soft and elastic, but not only that, they are easily absorbed and they help retain moisture. One of the best oils is jojoba oil which gives the skin everything it needs without unnecessary oiliness of the store bought beauty products.
Use different oils
Different oils have different properties and their own set of nutrients. For that reason, it is best to pick few natural oils which soothe your skin, and use them interchangeably. Even though most of the oils contain polyphenols, fatty acids and antioxidants, which rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, not every skin type is going to react the same to certain oil.
Experts often recommend wheat germ oil because it relieves oxidative stress and wrinkles while stimulating collagen production. However, if your skin is extremely dry it is best to use safflower oil. It is rich in linoleic acid which prevents dryness of the skin and helps to keep it soft and moisturized.
On the other side, certain skin types prefer richer oils like barbary fig oil. It has more vitamins and essential fatty acids compared to other oils. For that reason, it successfully replaces natural sebum function, which with age and cold weather tend to secrete less.
Hydrate skin properly
It is always best to apply the oil right after a shower. Make sure that you warm it up first between your palms before you apply it. Do not go overboard. Start with a few drops and add more if necessary. Pay more attention to problem areas like knees and elbows. Use a circular motion to apply it properly and thoroughly.
Get the right thing
Even though there are many alternatives to natural oils, as well as the versions with certain chemicals added, it is best to stick to the natural organic oil. You can buy it from certain healthy food vendors or even at farmer’s markets.