Plant-based facial oils have gained major traction in the last few years and thank goodness for that. North America had a period where oil was considered a ‘no no’ on the skin and that’s a shame because it is the most essential ingredient in a rejuvenating, anti-aging routine. The reasons are simple:
1. Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 (a-linolenic acid) and 6 (linoleic acid) are nourishing and anti-inflammatory both inside and out. Inflammation is one of the major causes of premature aging, brought on by sun damage, stress, smoking and unhealthy eating.
2. Antioxidants – All plant oils contain skin-loving antioxidants such as vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenes and retinoids. Antioxidants reverse free-radical damage in several different ways, which is why the more varieties, the better. Plant-based oils provide this multi-spectrum arsenal for healthy skin.
3. Skin Delivery System – One of the best penetration enhancers to deliver nutrients and antioxidants deep into the layers of the skin is Omega 9 (oleic acid). This fatty acid is contained in most plant oils in varying amounts.
4. Conditions and lock in water – Oils softens the skin and keep water in so it remains plump and hydrated.
The amount of oil required depends on skin type with some people only being able to handle a small amount in a cream while others can put several drops on twice daily. Surprisingly, some people have found success using straight oil on acne because it nourishes the skin and doesn’t contain a wax, like a cream, lotion or balm would. It can always be added to damp skin for dilution purposes or used only at night as a moisturizing treatment.