Increasingly present in the cosmetic offer, vegetable oils have gradually invaded our bathrooms. But how to integrate them into our beauty routines and especially which oil to choose according to our skin and our concerns? We will explain everything to you.
FIRSTLY WHAT IS A VEGETABLE OIL?
A vegetable oil is an oil derived from a plant, whether it is its seed, its fruit or its kernel. It is extracted by cold pressing in the best case, or after very slight heating of the elements before pressing. Favoring cold extraction for its vegetable oil allows you to benefit from all its qualities and nutrients.
Not to be confused with an essential oil, whose extraction and cosmetic use are different (essential oil is a "plant or flower concentrate", never to be used pure on the skin at the risk of causing burns.
And above all, do not confuse vegetable oil and mineral oil, the latter being derived from petrochemicals, which is of little interest to the skin or even can be harmful. Indeed mineral oils are comedogenic. By clogging the pores of the skin, mineral oil prevents it from breathing and can be the cause of the appearance of imperfections.
BUT DOES APPLYING AN OIL TO MY SKIN GIVE PUMPS?
No of course, it's a myth as old as the world! If you choose a vegetable oil suitable for your skin, it will not cause you acne. It can even regulate sebum production, have anti-inflammatory properties or help heal your imperfections.
WHICH VEGETABLE OIL FOR MY SKIN?
If applying a vegetable oil to your skin is beneficial, you can still favor those that are the most effective for your skin type and of which we have drawn up a non-exhaustive list here:
Opt for a hazelnut vegetable oil, very fine and with a matte finish and regulating properties
Adopt Jojoba Oil: it has the same structure as sebum, and helps regulate its production
You can adopt Borage Oil (rich in fatty acids essential to the reconstruction of the skin barrier) or Hemp Oil (very rich in omega 3 and 6)
Give Nigella Oil a chance (with anti-bacterial properties)
Soothe your skin with apricot, sweet almond or hemp oil
Mature skin: The choice is yours!
Argan (rich in antioxidant)
Prickly pear (restorative and protective)
Hemp (anti-oxidant, repairer)
Marula (natural vitamin C content)
Skin prone to spots and scars
Adopt Wild Rose Oil (rich in vitamin A which accelerates cell renewal, unifies the complexion)
You have the choice but the most universal and complete are Jojoba Hemp and Argan oils.
Try wild rose oil, carrot oil (naturally rich in beta carotene) or buriti oil. Healthy glow effect guaranteed!!
HOW DO I USE MY VEGETABLE OIL?
First of all it must be understood that the function of a vegetable oil is not to moisturize the skin. A vegetable oil has the function of nourishing it. That is to say to provide it with lipids to strengthen the barrier function of the skin and prevent the evaporation of water.
Containing no aqueous element, it does not moisturize. The skin needs water and fat to be healthy. The ideal is therefore to provide, via the treatment, aqueous active ingredients (water) and nutritive active ingredients (fat).
It is therefore advisable to apply its oil after an aqueous serum, for example a serum containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin or even, for fans of raw products, an aloe vera gel.
It is also possible to apply its oil after its moisturizer.
YOU HAVE SEVERAL PRODUCTS AND YOU DON'T KNOW IN WHICH ORDER TO APPLY THEM?
The rule: from the most watery to the fattest. Or if you don't know the composition of your products: moisturizing serum, cream, oil.
The advantage is that the oil creates a protective barrier that prevents water from evaporating and protects the skin from dehydration. However, hydrated skin is skin that ages less quickly.
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CAN I USE VEGETABLE OILS DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes, vegetable oils can even be a significant asset to help you overcome the minor inconveniences of pregnancy:
To prevent stretch marks on the hips and stomach, use and abuse shea butter. And if you are sensitive to odors during this period, choose it deodorized.
If your face is dry due to pregnancy, an argan vegetable oil can relieve you.
If, on the contrary, imperfections appear, you can opt for hazelnut oil (avoid nigella, which is contraindicated)
To massage heavy legs, opt for borage oil.
CAN I PUT MY VEGETABLE OIL ON THE EYE CONTOUR?
Yes, but…not if your eye area is very thin! This could create so-called milium grains, these little hard white balls that can appear if products that are too rich are applied.
Prefer a daytime application if you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning. Indeed, during the day the eye is in motion, which causes the products that are applied to the eye contour to circulate. At night the area is less mobile and the oils can clog it up and you wake up looking tired.
If you are prone to dark circles, Calophyle oil boosts micro-circulation.
If your eye area is dry, opt for avocado oil.
AND FOR MY HAIR, WHICH VEGETABLE OIL SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Take oil baths!!
To repair dry and damaged lengths, generously apply your oil to dry hair, starting from the ears and leave to act under a hot towel for 30 minutes before washing your hair. Please note that two shampoos may then be necessary.
Which vegetable oil to choose according to my hair type?
Hair sensitized by colors, streaks or discoloration:
Frizzy and very dry hair
Shea butter or oil
Castor oil (at the root, before shampoo) accompanied by a stimulating scalp massage.
AND FOR MY BODY?
The little trick for vegetable oils to penetrate quickly without leaving a greasy film on the body is to apply them after showering on slightly damp skin.
For extremely dry, atopic skin or to prevent stretch marks
Shea butter is perfect
For dry skin
Massage yourself with argan oil
AND TO STRENGTHEN NAILS, EYELASHES, HAIR OR BEARD, WHICH VEGETABLE OIL TO CHOOSE?
Consider castor oil!
Now you see how vegetable oils can have a place in your bathroom!!! You can even mix them, to obtain your own personalized treatment. And take the opportunity to perform self-massage exercises.
And when you're lazy, use a ready-made cosmetic treatment. The organic and 100% natural GO FOR PROTECTION moisturizer contains, among other things, hydrating hyaluronic acid and aloevera and antioxidant vitamin E, coupled with apricot oil for radiance! And its texture is incomparable!!
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