On a daily basis, the average adult in the USA uses at least seven skin care products: cleansers, astringents, deodorants, sunscreens, antiperspirants, hair care products, and of course, moisturizers. Moisturizer is necessary for an effective skin care routine whether your skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between. Here, we’ll look into why everyone should have moisturizer in their skin care routine, what kinds of oils are typically used in moisturizers, and which oils to use based on your skin type.
Why Use Moisturizers?
Called by cosmeticians as “your skin’s best friend,” moisturizer does wonders for your body. Since our skin loses water over time, it inevitably gets drier. Moisturizers form an even layer on your skin, helping retain the water longer. Any moisturizer might give temporary relief to dry, itchy, or otherwise irritated skin, but in order for a moisturizer to be effective long-term, it must contain some essential oil.
Oils in Moisturizers
Essential oils are natural superpowers, extracted from a variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Each oil serves many different purposes. While they are effective physically speaking, essential oils can also have emotional and spiritual benefits. In order to choose which moisturizer is right for you, you’ll need to know the different benefits of these oils and determine which ones will do the most good for your skin type.
Vegetable oils contain plenty of nutrients, which help to moisturize, soothe, soften, strengthen, and protect your skin. Many of the vegetable oils contain antioxidants, which are beneficial for your overall health. The most popular example is that of olive oil. There are several ways that olive oil can be used to benefit not just your skin, but your hair as well! It can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment for – you guessed it – moisturizing purposes. Olive oil can be used both in a night cream and a daily moisturizer. It can even be used as a first step to removing makeup. Olive oil is known for its properties as a moisturizer and can be used to treat particularly dry skin, such as skin suffering from eczema. It leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth.
Argan oil and jojoba oil are a couple of other popular vegetable oils, and they’re popular for good reason: they have incredible benefits when used. Argan oil helps reduce inflammation. Since the chemical make-up of jojoba oil is comparable (though not exact) to sebum, the oil naturally produced by our bodies, it can be used for nearly anything.
It’s a necessity in guacamole, but the avocado is both delicious and good for your skin. It is high in vitamins and minerals, which is why it is used in various moisturizers. It is wonderful for softening and hydrating your skin.
Among the popular fruit oils is coconut oil, which can protect your skin from everyday bacteria – it is antiviral. It not only cleanses your face but contributes to its health and vitality. It is very suitable for oily skin, but it can potentially be drying – so complement it with another oil such as jojoba or argan to give your skin the moisture it needs.
Rose oil, with its deep scent used in cosmetics and perfumes, has benefits beyond those related to smelling nice (though, of course, the floral aroma is always a bonus). It has healing properties on both the physical and therapeutic levels. Rose oil brings relief to dryness, rashes, and inflammations. It can also treat headaches and coughs, so its value is more than skin-deep. In addition, rose oil strengthens hair roots and fights diseases as a bactericide. Spiritually, it is the perfect oil for emotional wounds and is known to help with depression and anxiety.
Lavender is another popular flower whose oil has many benefits. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender oil is a valuable ingredient in the treatment of acne. It alleviates inflammation of the skin. It’s also known for aiding blood circulation, helping treat the respiratory system, and even disinfecting the skin. Similar to rose oil, lavender oil is calming, relieves headaches, and helps with depression. As a bonus, lavender is a natural bug repellant, so trading in chemically bug spray for a more natural alternative has never smelled sweeter.
Glycerin is often quoted as the best ingredient for skin. Soaps often contain glycerin. As an ingredient of facial moisturizer, glycerin keeps the moisture in your skin. It is also capable of a little acne control – think small pimples. Equal portions of glycerin and shea butter make for a silky lotion for your entire body. Combine with ylang-ylang, frankincense, and lavender for additional benefits. It does wonders for your hands – it is incredibly useful for those cold winter days, but its effects of alleviating itching and irritation work just as well all year round. It has been used in the cosmetic industry and it is still among the most popular ingredient of producers for a very good reason: it absorbs moisture fast and keeps it in your skin for a long time.
Lanolin, also known as “wool wax,” is typically used in ointments and lip balms. It is one of the most efficient and nurturing fats, which helps with the hydration and protection of your skin. In its composition, it is similar to the human sebum. Lanolin is a key ingredient in day and night creams, and is soothing to dry, cracked skin and lips.
Types of Skin
In order to choose your most effective moisturizer, you need to know exactly what your skin type is. The products that work the best with your body depend on whether your skin type is dry, oily or combination, or sensitive.
Oily or Combination Skin
Although oily skin and combination skin can be a challenge, these skin types need hydration as well as any other type, so don’t neglect your day and night moisturizer. The most effective products for oily and combination skin include oils with linoleic acid; for instance, oil from grape seeds, oil from rose-hips, or evening primrose. Linoleic acid is light and provides moisture for the skin without leaving a greasy film. Other oils very beneficial for oily skin are grapefruit oil or cypress oil – they tighten the skin tissue and reduce the superfluous sebum. A high level of personal hygiene is essential for the oily skin. For the best results, wash your face twice a day and treat your skin with a suitable cleansing cosmetic. Facial tonic is very important in the care for oily and combination skin. Harsh facial scrubs should be avoided, as they have abrasive particles; they stimulate the natural production of sebum. Trust in the hydrating day and night creams based on water. Twice a week you should exfoliate the skin on your face to remove the layer of dead cells.
For every person with oily or combination skin, there seems to be even more people who suffer from dry skin. The lack of hydration in the skin can cause roughness, peeling, redness, inflammation, and itchiness. Lips often dry, especially in the winter. Dry skin feels inconvenient, and it is often a symptom of many different conditions (though not always), such as eczema.
The good news is that for dry skin, all kinds of oils are suitable since the main purpose of many is to provide the necessary moisture. It is best to choose oils with oleic acid – sweet almond or avocado, just to name a couple – which are richer and deliver more hydration to the skin.
Winter never fails to bring the ailments of dry skin to even those who normally suffer from oily skin. Luckily, essential oils help immensely with moisturizing the skin. One such oil is carrot seed oil. Carrot seed oil will be most beneficial to dry, mature skin; it will give your skin moisture and it also has anti-aging properties.
Dry skin is a problem, but not one without solutions. It needs holistic care, which includes using appropriate products for cleansing and moisturizing. Dry skin tends to be sensitive skin as well, so that should also be taken into consideration when creating an effective skin care routine.
Unfortunately, sensitive skin does not get along with some essential oils, mainly citrus and cinnamon. Though these oils should probably be avoided for the sake of your comfort, there are still several oils that will work well with your skin type. Essential oils that go well with sensitive skin include, but are not limited to: jojoba, almond, grape, and glycerin.
One of the best things you can do for your face is to moisturize your skin every morning and evening. One of the most important ingredients of a moisturizer is the essential oil, and you have a wide range of products to choose from no matter what your skin type is. Knowledge of both essential oils and your personal skin type will only serve to help you when it comes to choosing skin care products that work well for you.