From argan oil to avocado oil: discover the benefits of these and other plant products that make skin and hair shiny
Vegetable oils have now become a staple in every woman's skincare routine, so much so that they almost completely replace traditional moisturizing creams: their natural ability to hydrate and nourish any skin type makes vegetable oils a real panacea for face and body skin. Cosmetic vegetable oils are rich in essential ingredients for epidermal health, such as polyphenols, fatty acids and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and make the skin fresher and brighter. Vegetable oils have unique properties: they can be used to eliminate excessive redness, counteract irritation from acne or rosacea, take care of oily skin or simply to keep the face and body properly hydrated. Let's find out all the types of vegetable oil and how to best use them to take care of your skin.
- Coconut oil
- Argan oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Marula oil
- Jojoba oil
- Avocado oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Olive and sesame oil
Obtained from coconuts, this fragrant oil can be used for multiple applications. Produced by squeezing the fat from coconut pulp, this oil has gained considerable popularity in recent years due to its therapeutic properties. With an unmistakable scent, coconut oil is perfect for those with particularly dry skin, as it is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which make it very moisturizing, anti-aging, but not oily: it acts as a sort of barrier on the skin , retaining moisture. In addition, it is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
At room temperature it comes in a solid state, but just heat it slightly to bring it back to a liquid and transparent consistency, similar to petroleum jelly. It dissolves immediately on contact with the skin and is absorbed very quickly. It can also be used as a compress, especially for feet and heels: just apply it before going to bed, practice a quick massage, wear white cotton socks to help absorption and the next morning you will have soft and silky feet.
Argan oil is the most valuable of vegetable oils for the skin: it is obtained from the processing of the fruit kernels of the argan tree, a plant native to the semi-desert areas of southern Morocco, the only place where it grows spontaneously. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, elements that enhance its anti-aging, soothing, healing and protective properties, which make this vegetable oil one of the most expensive on the market. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, argan oil works to improve skin elasticity by fighting free radical damage, leaving the skin radiant.
Its use has been the beauty secret of many generations of Berber women, and today its diffusion contributes to encouraging the cultivation of plants and the extraction of oil by totally female companies. It is light enough to be used as a daily moisturizer, both under makeup and at night for a more regenerating treatment, but it can also be used to treat more serious problems, such as eczema or rosacea. It is perfect for both dry and oily skin, as it affects the production of sebum.
Rosehip seed oil
Rosehip seed oil is a powerful nourisher for the skin and one of the most precious oils and one of the best anti-aging oils: it is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of rosehip, a particular variety of rose hips grown mainly in Chile, in the Andes. Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins E, C, D and beta carotene, rosehip oil is ideal for protecting and moisturizing the skin, fighting free radical damage and reducing wrinkles. The presence of vitamin A and polyunsaturated fatty acids also guarantee this vegetable oil healing, anti-wrinkle, nourishing and regenerating properties: daily use rejuvenates the skin and restores its elasticity, helps correct dark spots and reduces the appearance of scars . It can also be used to soothe burns and sunburn or to make stretch marks less noticeable. Being a “dry” oil, it is easily absorbed by the skin and can be used in combination with other oils or lotions, as an intensive moisturizing and anti-aging treatment.
Obtained from the processing and pressing of the nut of the African marula fruit, a plant similar to a small mango, native to northern Namibia, marula oil is the next big thing among vegetable oils for skin care: light texture, absorption fast and a concentration of antioxidants equal to 60% more than argan oil make it indispensable for every woman. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, marula oil can reduce not only dryness, but also irritation and inflammation, as well as promoting the healing process of acne-affected skin. Suitable for all skin types, from very dry to oily ones, it leaves no residue or heaviness and is ideal for use under make-up or even to mix with foundation for glowing skin.
Extracted from the seeds of a native plant of the North American desert, jojoba oil is not really an oil, but rather a compound botanical extract more similar to liquid wax. This is important because of all the compounds found in nature, jojoba oil is structurally and chemically the closest to human sebum, which means that it mimics the texture of the skin: it is absorbed quickly without any oily residue remaining and can balance the production of sebum, depending on whether it is applied to dry or oily skin.
Composed of minerals and beneficial nutrients, jojoba oil can be used to treat any skin problem or blemish, from acne to psoriasis. It also works as an emollient to soothe skin affected by sunburn and provides hydration throughout the day. Very elasticizing, nourishing and rich in vitamin E, it is the best choice for those who tend to have oily or impure skin, due to its chemical composition surprisingly similar to sebum.
Avocado oil, one of the vegetable oils, is obtained by cold pressing the pulp of avocado, a plant native to an area between Mexico and Central America, with a variable color from intense green to sour yellow. It is an extremely versatile and effective oil, rich in vitamins A, D and E as well as elements such as lecithin, potassium, beta-carotene and essential unsaturated fatty acids: this particular chemical composition makes avocado oil a perfect energizer and invigorating, as well as an excellent anti-aging treatment. It can be used for any type of skin and for all uses, especially together with sweet almond oil: their combination in fact enhances and enhances the properties of these two vegetable oils.
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is known and appreciated above all by new mothers: perfect during pregnancy to prevent the onset of annoying and unsightly stretch marks, it is also particularly suitable for relaxing massages for newborns, who appreciate its sweet scent and texture. fluid. The characteristic properties of sweet almond oil are mainly elasticizing and anti-inflammatory, but the abundance of vitamin E, proteins, antioxidants and oleic acid also make it a good moisturizer. Alternatively, it can also be used as a face and eye makeup remover. The only contraindication: it is not suitable for those who are allergic to nuts.
Olive and sesame oil
Olive oil is normally associated with use in the kitchen: not everyone knows that this oil actually has important nourishing properties that make it suitable for moisturizing the skin of the body and face, but also the hair. Even olive oil for cosmetic use, like cooking oil, has many different wordings. Terms such as extra virgin, evo or dop are very important distinctions also in cosmetic olive oil: in general and in extreme synthesis, the lower the degree of processing and the greater the beneficial properties of the olive oil: moisturizing, nourishing and detoxifying, has an important role among cosmetic products thanks to the high content of oleic acid. Another vegetable oil known especially in the kitchen, sesame oil is actually a valuable aid for the well-being of the skin, thanks to its anti-aging, antioxidant and regenerating properties.
Rich in vitamins E and B and in proteins, sesame oil is very nourishing and is perfect for the hair or for massages, as it makes the skin soft and silky, preventing stretch marks. As we have seen, vegetable oils can be one of the best kept beauty secrets, also used by the best make-up artists and the most important celebrities. Vegetable oils are quickly absorbed by the skin, provide instant hydration but above all do not leave the skin oily. An additional advantage of vegetable oils is the value for money: compared to other cosmetic products for the skin on the market, vegetable oils combine high at an extremely advantageous price. So next time you're shopping for new skin care products, why not try something different?