Delving into the world of oils can be difficult for a first-timer. Between misleading advertisements meant to sell, sell, sell, and a brand new set of terms and language you don’t understand, you’re probably worried to even try. Essential oils are heavily distilled extracts of plant material, particularly non-seed areas. They’re pricy, extremely concentrated, and often need to be diluted before use. Their qualities are as vast as the plants they come from, and, whilst a few work better than others, it’s best to keep a wide selection on hand.
Carrier oils, on the other hand, are made from nuts or seeds by pressing the seeds through an unheated hydraulic press. They’re actually oil, which essential oils aren’t, and are used to dilute powerful essential oils. But they can be used for so much more. Carrier oils, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, is incredibly moisturizing and packed with various nutrients. While they can be switched for another in a pinch, each one has different benefits. Here are our three favorites.
CAMELLIA OIL | FOR DRY SKIN WITHOUT THE WEIGHT.
Camellia oil is a wonderful contradiction. It’s full of rich with antibiotics, healing UV skin damage and prevents premature aging. It’s slightly astringent, clearing breakouts and removing dirt. It’s rich in oleic acid, higher so than olive oil or avocado oil so it’s one of the strongest moisturizing oils on the market. However, it’s also incredibly light. Avocado and olive oil are both quite dense, leaving a greasy feeling on your skin. Camellia oil, on the other hand, is as thin as water, the same molecular weight as your skin, and locks the moisture into your skin. Simply put, it dries quickly without drying you out.
OAT OIL | FOR SMOOTH SKIN AND YOUTHFULNESS.
Oat oil is perfect for young and old alike. Due to a high amount of ceramide, waxy lipid molecules, oat oil forms a barrier between your skin and water loss, supporting the natural elasticity to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and soothing sensitive skin to reduce inflammation, dryness, and itchiness. This quality makes it great for treating eczema, insect bites, and allergic reactions. It’s antifungal and antimicrobial, cleansing away infections like dermatitis and preventing new bacteria from growing before they can even form.
WATERMELON OIL | FOR ACNE AND DETOXING.
Whilst watermelon seed oil might sound exotic and unusual, it’s a great addition to your skincare lineup. It’s high in linoleic acid, making it light and airy. Despite its moisturizing qualities, it’s primary skill is the removal of excess sebum. This degreases your skin and face and shrinks pores, preventing breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores, and milia. It’s full of omega 3s, 6s, and 9s, which helps regulate our oil production, soothe inflammation, and soften arteries to increase blood flow and give a glowing, youthful look. It also helps expel toxins, binding natural oils to dirt, giving a refreshed and clean texture to the skin.
All in all, don’t miss out on any of the great benefits this oils can do for you. Whether you’re needing to degrease, pump up your moisture, or cure your sensitive skin, these are the best ones on the market. They’re sure to turn your skincare regiment into a whole new ballgame.
P.s: We put all 3 of these wonderful oils in our ‘Aloe Whip’ to make it a nutrient rich cream for dry, sensitive skin!