With the wide range of beauty products available in the market today, we try to get hold of as many products in order to keep our skin in the best form but we often tend to forget the age old remedies that helped ancient people to keep their skin vibrant and flawless. Face oil is one such old school beauty secret that we hesitate from.
-Dr Satish Bhatia
There are different kinds of facial oils, while some are packed with ingredients such as polyphenols, fatty acids and antioxidants others can cause possible irritation therefore its is important to understand the skin type and is advisable to consult a dermatologist before starting the process of using facial oils.
There are several benefits of using face oils such as:
- Reducing Wrinkles : With the process of aging, the natural oils become less in the skin and thus leaving the skin vulnerable to UV rays and sun damage. Some facial oils are packed with antioxidants which can prevent aging and reduces skin dryness and wrinkles.
- Ideal for Dry Skin: Plunge in temperature and cranked up heaters in winters suck moisture from the skin making it dry. Oils are the ideal remedy to dry, flaky skin and rough cheeks. Oils packed with omega-3 fatty acids are more effective than the standard moisturizing creams and lotion.
- Protect Skin: Oils have affinity to lipids and therefore the can go deep down the skin and trap water and other moisturizing elements in while keeping the toxins and dust out. Certain oils also work as a defense mechanism and strengthen the immunity of skin specially for big city dwellers who need more protection against pollutants and smog.
- Shrink Pores and Heals Rashes: Oils such as jojoba and camellia pull out grime and fats from pores thereby making them less noticeable. Although the oils are readily available at the grocery stores but it is advisable to consult a dermatologist before trying just any oil.
- Reducing Skin Spots: Tea oil is one such oil that is good at zapping the spots and its is a myth that using oils bring more pimples. Oil used in moderation can actually reduce oil production and make a great addition to your daily skin care regimens.
Recommended Oils for Skin
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is used in everything from cooking to skin care. The oil is full of vitamin E and fatty acids and can be used as a moisturizer. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help in protecting the skin.
Argan Oil: Argan Oil which is heavily packed with antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids, it is so light and non greasy that it can be used everyday as a moisturizer. Its antioxidant properties improves elasticity of skin and treats skin infections, bug bites, and skin rashes.
Rosehip Seed Oil: Rosehip seed contains vitamins E, C, D and beta carotene making it full of elements to protect skin, reduce wrinkles, correct dark spots, lighten scars and keep it hydrated. Rosehip oil is considered to be ‘ dry’ oil and it soaks into the skin easily and can be used with other lotions as well.
Marula Oil: Marula Oil which is often said to be Africa’s beauty secret has important antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and essential amino acids and flavonoids that help cells renew cells, fights aging and reduces dryness, irritation and inflammation. With 60 percent mote antioxidants than most of oils and antimicrobial properties , Marula Oil becomes the ideal for irritated or acne – prone skin. Being non-greasy it can be used under makeup and even be mixed with foundation for luminous gloss.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is used for everything from acne to psoriasis to sunburn. All of its compound being found in nature, jojoba oil is similar to human sebum and thus it can replicate and dissolve oils if skin overproduces or under-produces it thereby balancing the sebum in the skin and keeping it healthy. Its soothing and moisturizing property makes it easily usable in morning or at night to help balance the skin tone.
Dr Satish Bhatia is a celebrity Cosmetologist practicing in South Mumbai