Taking the natural route to skin care is an amazing journey and on the way you will meet all the awesome oils that can enhance your innate beauty.  With the abundance of beauty oils that nature offers, the key to getting it right is choosing the right kind of oil for your skin type.  So what makes it an appropriate oil for your skin?  Pure oils often referred to as carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from seeds, kernels or nuts. Its properties determine how appropriate it is for your skin. What we need to know then is what makes up an amazing oil?

Pure and natural beauty oils such as Argan, Rosehip, Jojoba, Sunflower, Grapeseed and more is unique from the other due to its varying essential fatty acid (EFA)content such as oleic, linoleic, palmitic, linolenic, palmitoleic, and all those eic’s.  A combination of these fatty acids and the percentages of composition determine how they will affect your skin.   While there are hundreds of EFA’s that makes up oils, there are reliable and proven fatty acids which you can use as basis for appropriateness to a specific skin type.

High-oleic oils are great for dry skin.  Oleic acid is an incredible emollient or moisturizer designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more supple.   They can deliver heavier moisture than even your most potent night cream.  High oleic oils include rosehip oil, safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, hazelnut oil, and sweet almond oil among many others.  Palmitic acid is another very good emollient just as many other naturally-occurring fatty acids are.  It helps reinforce skin’s healthy barrier function for a smoother surface.   While oleic acid has a wonderful moisturizing  effect on skin, it is not suitable for all skin types. Oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin may find this a trigger for breakouts. Hence, a different fatty acid component is suggested.

Beauty oils that are high in linoleic acid are more suiting for oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.  These are quick drying oils with anti-inflammatory, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties.  There are also instances that  these oils have antioxidant benefits due to the presence of linolenic acid .  This type of oil includes grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil and more.

Aging skin is another matter of great interest. Talking of linolenic acids, alpha and gamma linolenic acids help improve moisture content and retention, elasticity, firmness, strength and smoothness of skin.  These improvements tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles and dryness and give it a more youthful glow.

Now that you have these key Essential Fatty Acids to help you find the right kind of oil for you, you can now just enjoy that coveted glow in your skin and start kissing those oil-free favorites goodbye  when you used to think of natural beauty oil as nothing but greasy-eeky feeling.

Have you joined the facial oil craze yet? What’s your favorite oil for cleansing or moisturizing?

Warning: Some natural beauty oils have high comedogenic rating.  This means it can potentially clog your pores.  So watch out and learn more as we share other key factors to look for in a beauty oil.

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