Our skin loves vegetable oils, but not everybody oil is equally suitable for everyone. Our expert explains which natural body oils are available and who should use them.
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Body oils or vegetable oils have become an obsession that goes beyond their scent: we now know that they are highly functional too. In addition to promoting the metabolism of substances that are necessary for the balance of the skin, they protect it, nourish it and allow it to regulate itself. However, not all body oils are suitable for every skin; we distinguish between two categories: comedogenic and non-comedogenic oils. Maria Violante, the herbal expert and skincare developer at Formula Botanica School UK, explains how the individual products should be classified.
"The comedogenic oils usually have a denser composition, which is why they are absorbed more slowly and can clog the pores, which is why they are not recommended for oily or combination skin. We're talking about coconut oil, castor oil, wheat germ oil, and olive oil," explains the specialist . On the other hand, "non-comedogenic oils are much lighter in composition, so the absorption is much faster. These oils are suitable for sensitive skin, oily skin, combination skin and skin with rosacea." Many of the fragrant body oils hold their aroma on our skin longer than a perfume, and their benefits should be considered.
The non-comedogenic oils are jojoba oil, hemp oil, almond oil, rice bran oil, and apricot kernel oil. Jojoba oil is a potential moisturizer, nourishing and regenerating the skin, while rice bran oil helps to even out skin tone and prevent depigmentation, but it also contains vitamin E and nourishing omega fatty acids. Meanwhile, apricot kernel oil provides vitamins A, E, softens the skin, and combats dryness. So much so that these types of oils are considered aphrodisiacs.
Maria Violante suggests mixing jojoba oil with rice bran oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to properly nourish oily skin without clogging pores. For sensitive skin, "Almond and jojoba oils are an ideal blend as they are gentle oils that keep the skin balanced. They are perfect for reducing inflammation, redness, or itching of the skin."
For combination skin, mix apricot kernel, almond, and castor oil as well as a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to form a gentle, light, nourishing elixir. For the care of "dry skin, mix castor, coconut, and jojoba oils. These ingredients can be easily absorbed by this skin type, and especially castor and coconut moisturize it strongly. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice."
So the next time you decide to buy a body oil, don't make another mistake in your choice. As with any product that you use to care for your skin, it has to be in tune with your skin type and history. Remember that body oil is more than a fragrance. Knowing how to identify its nutrients can improve your skin. So read the labels carefully, as well as the small print that often distracts us.