Moisturizing Oils to Protect Your Skin from the Cold

wolfandmorokoThe weather is changing. It’s getting cooler, raining almost every day. I couldn’t be happier, I still remember how hot March was so I’m not going to complain. With the change in the weather comes a  change in many a skin care routine. Incorporating oils is one of the best ways to keep you skin hydrated in cooler weather, especially if you have dry skin, since oils act as emollients – smoothing, moisturizing and protecting the skin.

You can apply a single oil or a blend to moisturize. Of recent, I have been reaching for the Dark and Lovely Creme 6 Oils lotion a lot. It contains 6 oils; coconut, shea butter, sweet almond, avocado, apricot and jojoba.

Since the proven benefits of coconut oil and shea butter are all over the place, I thought it better to speak about the other 4 oils in the formulation.

1. Sweet almond oil is a rich source of skin-repairing ingredients including triglycerides and several fatty acids like oleic, linoleic, and myristic acid. Almond oil is used quite commonly as a massage oil because it absorbs quickly. It may also have anti inflammatory effects.

2. Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E. Avocado oil may also aid in the absorption of wonderful antioxidants known as carotenoids, if consumed with high-carotenoid fruits and vegetables. (Source: Futurederm). Carotenoids are natural fat soluble pigments that give many fruits and vegetables their color. You know the beautiful reds, oranges, yellows and such? That’s thanks to carotenoids.

3. Jojoba seed oil composition closely matches that of our sebum (skin’s own oil). Jojoba oil is a good source of skin-repairing triglycerides, a mix of fatty acids, and antioxidants. Applied to skin, jojoba oil attracts moisture as well as preventing moisture loss. It’s also less greasy than other oils.

4. Apricot kernel oil contains sterols. Cholesterol is an example of a sterol ingredient, and it’s a natural component of healthy skin, the natural moisturizing factor. Apricot kernel oil is also a great source of vitamin E along with the anti-inflammatory oleic acid.

Oils make a great addition to a skin care routine. When applied at night, when your body temperature is the highest, oils will be quickly absorbed into the skin.You will wake up to softer skin in the morning. To find out which oils best suit your skin, read these posts for dry and oily skin.

What are some of your favorite oil blends? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimers

This is not a sponsored post. Any opinion expressed is 100% my own.

Kindly note that I can’t guarantee that all of the make-up and skincare products I recommend will suit you. Everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, patch test your products before purchasing.

Image by Clare Oparo

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