When it comes to topical oils, there are a lot of options. People have used them to moisturize their skin, improve their complexion, prevent wrinkles, or even promote wound healing.
Commonly used oils include:
– avocado oil
– sesame oil
– safflower oil
– sunflower oil
– grapeseed oil
These oils are also known as “dry oils,” which means they do not stay wet on your skin for very long. Vegetable, herb, or seed oils that include polyunsaturated fatty acids are used to create the vast majority of dry oils. Linoleic acid is one such fat that is particularly abundant in plant oils.
When trying an oil for the first time, it’s a good idea to test it on a small bit of skin and wait 24 hours, just in case you have an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchiness, redness, swelling, irritation, or a rash. If you notice any of these symptoms, discontinue use immediately.
Benefits of Using Oil on Your Skin
In addition to being a great moisturizer, oils have a host of other benefits for your skin.
By stimulating collagen production, they can help reduce the signs of aging by preventing wrinkles and promoting elasticity.
Plant-based oils are high in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory effects and can reduce oxidative stress – both of which are closely linked to healthy skin aging, as well as a reduced risk of skin cancer and chronic disease.
These antioxidants also appear to help protect our skin against sun damage.
Not only can these dry oils improve dry and cracked skin, but recent research also suggests they are effective for wound healing and repairing the skin barrier.
Applying these oils to your hair can also help keep it healthy and shiny. By moisturizing the hair and reducing dryness, breakages and frizziness are also reduced.
Oils applied to the cuticles can help strengthen nails and prevent nail dryness and cracking.
How To Use Oil On Your Skin
Oils can be found in spray bottles, dropper bottles, or shampoos and moisturizer lotions.
When using oil on your skin, it’s best to apply it after you’ve showered and while your skin is still damp. This will help the oil absorb more easily.
Massage the oil into your skin in a circular motion, and allow it to soak in for several minutes before applying clothes.
Reapply as needed, especially after you’ve been in the sun or after exercising.