By now the news is out that facial oils can be skincare miracle workers. (Well – the natural ones, at least.)
It’s all well and good to be aware that many skincare products are using cheap, synthetic (and honestly quite nasty) mineral oils, but we also want to make sure you know the natural oils out there that are going to strengthen and improve the health of your skin.
We’re happy to bring you a list of ten of the finest natural oils your skin could ever want. Not just the outside of your skin either, many of these oils help to lubricate your joints, clean your teeth and even detox your digestive system. You’ll find nearly all of these oils in our VM products (and in our kitchens) because we know first hand how amazing they can be.
Argan oil is derived from the seeds of the Argan tree which is native to Morocco. It is used as a raw food oil in Morocco, particularly for dipping bread or as a dressing for couscous. Amusingly, the seeds are very hard to crack and so locals usually wait for goats to eat and then….yes, you guessed it, poop them out, before they harvest them. It doesn’t change the value of the little seed though!
Argan oil is very high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals. Argan is also high in fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 9. These fatty acids are not produced by our bodies but are necessary for healthy skin growth. They keep cells moist and supple, protect against harmful pathogens and may assist in preventing premature aging.
Argan is non-comodogenic (won't clog pores, so can be safely used on acne prone skin to relieve irritation. It is also a fantastic hair treatment, protecting the ends of the hair from damage without being overly greasy.
The Jojoba plant is native to Mexico and the warmer parts of the west coast of the United States and is actually more than 50% oil.
Jojoba is a very light oil and has properties closest our own skin's sebum. This means that when it is applied to the skin it penetrates easily, without leaving a greasy or tacky feeling. Jojoba oil helps the skin to be pliant keeping it elastic and has even shown the ability to reduce wrinkles and minimise fine lines.
It is difficult to know where to start with Coconut oil – it definitely falls into the category of superfood, but it is also a super skincare ingredient.
Coconut is one of the richest sources of saturated fat in the world. Remember, saturated fats are the good guys- the ones that provide energy, which soothe the digestive system and have proven therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimers.
Coconut oil is brilliant for oil pulling, cleaning and disinfecting the mouth as well as naturally whitening the teeth. It is good for use in food either raw or cooked, as it is naturally anti-bacterial, helps the body to burn calories and improves cholesterol levels.
It is a natural sunscreen, and provides a deep and real moisture to both skin and hair. It helps strengthen underlying tissue and helps remove excessive dead cells on the skins surface.
So yeah, a pretty all around "good guy."
There is continuing debate about how good Grapeseed oil is as a food, but there are no doubt about its positive effects on the skin.
Known to stimulate biological tissues to contract and draw together, Grapeseed oil is useful for skin toning and tightening.
Rosehip oil is high in essential fatty acids include omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids help to regenerate skin cells and to repair damaged skin tissue. They quench dry, sun damaged skin and help improve the appearance of wrinkles.
Rosehip is a dry oil and penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it also helps increase collagen production.
Pumpkin Seed oil (PSO) is rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3-and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants, so the benefits for your skin are pretty much endless.
It helps to retain moisture, fight free radicals and this in turn keeps skin young and able to regenerate and protect itself.
Macadamia oil is a rich, regenerative oil. It is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, contains Palmitoleic acid which promotes young soft skin, and is high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
This oil can be used inside and out, as it has the ability to lower triglyceride levels, improve heart health, boost energy levels, improve your digestive process, improve the symptoms of Celiac disease, strengthen bones, protect the eyes and boost the immune system.
This amazing oil has been mentioned in the ancient texts of the Greeks, the Tibetans and even Ghengis Khan. While it was once used internally (particularly for horses) due to the high cost, it is now mostly used externally as it is well-known for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin.
It is a great natural cleanser and exfoliator and can aid in the healing of burns, cuts, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. Seabuckthorn oil is the richest known natural source of carotenoids, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), vitamin E, vitamin K1, and beta-sitosterol.
Stick with us here- Castor oil has a terrible reputation for being the one your grandmother forced down your throat to “clean you out,” but it is actually an underrated hero oil with a lot to offer!
First of all, it will absolutely “clean you out” (it is a powerful laxative).
But it's also a great massage oil for sore muscles as it is anti-inflammatory and reduces joint pain. It also treats fungal infections and will promote hair growth where hair is thinning.
Its anti-bacterial properties, make it ideal for skin breakouts. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. It also helps to soften and heal scar tissue.
This oil is relatively new to consumers, simply because hemp is so heavily regulated. Hemp Seed oil has no relation whatsoever to cannabis oil, but it does have many useful properties for the everyday consumer!
Hemp Seed oil helps to eliminate blackheads and acne. It also protects the skin from free radicals and improves elasticity. It is anti-inflammatory and thus works well for psoriasis and eczema as well.
It is made up of 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs) and is said to contain the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 EFAs, which allows it to easily penetrate the layers of the skin. This nutty oil also tastes great on salads and in smoothies and works just as well on your skin from the inside as the outside.
Just remember that some states don’t allow any hemp products to be sold for consumption – just for skincare and cosmetics.
GIVE EM A GO
Want to try some of these on your skin? Our Nature’s Elixir Oil is a magnificent combination of Argan, Seabuckthorn and Pumpkin Seed oil, along with some other beautiful essential oils, formulated to repair and strengthen your skin to the point where you no longer wear makeup- your skin becomes your foundation.
For the whole body, try our Bio-Omega Body Contouring Oil, a dynamic blend of Jojoba, Coconut, Rosehip and Hemp Seed oils formulated to increase elasticity of the skin and proven to aid in stretch marks and leave you positively glowing.