Latest Beauty Trend: Using Plant Oils for Skin Care

women-with-smooth-beautiful-skinUp until a few years ago, the notion of using oils for skin care would have seemed like the ultimate oxymoron.  Now that we are in the midst of this pure plant oil beauty trend, the once skeptic consumer is now a reformed believer.  With countless articles and success stories on the Web, it is hard to ignore the obvious benefits of using natural oils to cleanse, repair, and moisturize your skin.  Below are some popular oils that are used for various different skin types. 

Tea Tree Oil

If you are prone to re-occurring blemish break-outs and are tired of using harsh acne treatments, Tea Tree oil is the perfect natural solution.  Feeling more like an astringent than an oil, it can be used as a gentle spot treatment alternative to the harsh gels, foams, and creams your doctor prescribes.  Be aware that this oil contains an extremely pungent smell and may overwhelm those around you smelling it for the first time.

Coconut Oil

Coconut_WaterIf you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil movement yet, I suggest you do so immediately! This multi-nutrient is known for being one of nature’s renowned wonder-foods and has been proven to aid weight loss, brain-health, and diabetes.  With a sterling reputation for its internal benefits, coconut oil also does wonders for the skin.  Consisting mostly of fats, it nourishes and softens the skin, allowing itchiness, dryness, and small wounds caused by pimples to heal quickly.  Coconut oil is also a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and improves the quality of skin by eliminating dead skin cells.  Rub it on your body as a moisturizer, use it as acne spot treatment, or simply consume a tablespoon a day, whatever you do, do not miss out on the benefits of coconut oil!

Grapeseed oil

Made by cold-pressing grape seeds, this oil is rich in proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, while also containing high levels of vitamin C which has skin-brightening properties.  Grapeseed oil can be used for all sensitive skin types due to its mild nature and is extremely effective in removing make-up around the eyes.

bootArgan Oil

Looking to turn back the hands of time by eliminating the appearance of wrinkles? You might want to turn to the anti-aging properties of Argan oil.  This hydrating oil consists of 80% fatty acids that, when absorbed into skin, gives off a youthful, dewy glow.Argan oil also contains high levels of vitamin E that help combat free radicals while cooling and soothing inflammation.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

hootYes, that’s right.  One of the most beneficial skin repairers has been living in your kitchen pantry all along.  Containing both vitamins A and E, EVOO is comprised of healthy fats that plump and nourish the skin.  It also fights free radicals and damage caused by pollution and sun to help maintain younger looking skin.  EVOO can be used as a gentle moisturizer for dry skin that can be applied directly on the skin or by adding a few drops to your favorite moisturizer.  The lubricating powers of this nutrient-rich oil can also help prevent razor burn and nicks when substituted for shaving cream.

The most important thing before diving into this new terrain is to do your research and narrow down what type of oil your specific skin-type will benefit from.  Remember that what works for one person’s skin does not necessarily work for everyone.  Read the facts, ditch the doubts, and start adopting this pure way of skin care.

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