Sensitive skin? Tight budget? Perpetual dry patches? Worried about the drop in skin-friendly humidity that signifies the coming of fall?
The simplest and most natural moisturizer you can get your hands on may sound kind of scary, especially to those who suffer from acne or greasy t-zones. Ready to hear the magic word?
Yes, contrary to popular belief, oil is not bad for your skin. Too much oil, of course, can attract bacteria and cause your skin to go haywire, breaking out all over the place. But skin already produces oil (known as sebum), and if your skin isn’t properly moisturized, your sebum production will go into overdrive – causing too much oil, which attracts bacteria, and so on.
See the vicious circle? If you’re stripping the natural oils from your face with harsh facial washes and watery moisturizers, you’re actually telling your skin to produce more oil.
What’s the answer? The right amount of oil!
Balance out your poor overworked skin with a few drops of all-natural oils. We’re not talking nasty greasy ones like canola oil or synthetic scented body oils; we’re talking good old-fashioned all-natural oils that can be found in health food stores and in the cooking oil aisles of most grocery stores. After washing, gently pat a few drops into your facial skin, neck, and decolletage.
Use your ring finger to dab a little around your eyes. Not a chemical in sight! Your skin will thank you.
Apricot Oil is good for premature aging or red, irritated skin. It softens fine lines and is rich in essential fatty acids that make your skin soft and glowy.
Avocado Oil absorbs deep into skin, so it’s ideal for those with aging or extremely dehydrated (or sun-damaged) skin. It contains vitamins A, D, and E, as well as multiple essential unsaturated fatty acids. It’s also great for those suffering from eczema and psoriasis.
Grapeseed Oil is mild, odorless, and very light, making it perfect for oily skin. It’s mildly astringent and won’t cause breakouts or clog pores (yay!)
Jojoba Oil is actually very similar to sebum (the oil your body produces), so your skin will soak it right in. It’s technically a liquid wax, rather than an oil. It absorbs quickly into the skin and won’t leave a greasy residue (unless you overdo it, you oil fiend!)
Sweet Almond Oil works for any skin type. It’s made from pressed almonds, absorbs easily, and won’t clog up those precious pores. Slather it on at night to wake up glowing.
Up next: the simplest body moisturizers ever, and a whole post on fancy (but still 100% natural) facial oils!