You may have heard of Italian women bathing in olive oil because they believe it’s the ultimate anti-aging solution. While it may help some of them, that statement isn’t exactly true. What you must remember is that whatever you use to moisturize your skin, you’re not just using one product, but two. Have you ever wondered why?
The skin on your face is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. This means that your face will have different moisturizing needs as compared to your body. You will require something that’s gentle, hydrating and suited to your skin type. Because the skin on your body is thicker, body lotion is usually formulated with concentrated ingredients, to help cater to your skin.
But, when it comes to anti-aging, new research suggests you should skip the moisturizer altogether, and instead, opt for face oils. Why? It’s simple. Face oils are packed with antioxidants, peptides and other skin-pampering agents that penetrate and promote skin renewal from the bottom-most layers of your skin cells. Basically, it’s like the superfood of anti-aging solutions that the beauty industry says you should make a regular part of your diet, or in this case, skincare routine.
From almond oil, geranium oil, carrot seed oil, borage oil and hemp oil, make the most of your morning and evening skincare routines and reap the benefits.
Borage Oil: The oil is a potent source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that improve elasticity, fight free radicals that age the skin, and induce cell renewal. Massage your face in a circular and upward motion, using the borage oil. This will improve blood circulation in the area, invigorate your epidermis and stimulate the production of collagen. Borage oil also has healing properties that work well against sun damage and age spots.
Carrot seed Oil
Carrot seed Oil: Carrot seed oil is not the same as carrot oil, so don’t be confused. It is extracted from the seeds of the ‘Wild Carrot’, also known as ‘Queen Anne’s lace’ and works as a potent detoxifying agent that is easily absorbed by the skin. This helps plump up the pores by infusing the skin with extreme moisture, which irons out wrinkles, fine lines, laugh lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. It is an essential oil which is quite strong, so all you need is a few drops in another carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) to make your mix.
Geranium Oil: Geranium improves blood circulation just below the surface of the skin and nurtures the regeneration of new skin cells. It also aids in equal distribution of melanin that lightens spots and scars. It contains astringent properties that prevent skin problems like sagging and wrinkling, and helps provide your muscles with a toned look.
Hemp Oil: This essential oil is rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 and 6, insoluble fiber, vitamin E and packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus. The high content of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids creates a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes hemp oil an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It restores the skin elasticity and increases water retention capacity in tissues. The antioxidants and protein improve collagen production to reverse the signs of aging.
Almond Oil: With multiple cosmetic, therapeutic and medicinal properties, almond oil is a great elixir for your skin. It is a natural emollient that locks moisture in, and with prolonged use, proves to be far more beneficial than body lotion when it comes to taking care of your skin. The high vitamin E content works particularly well for aging skin that’s lost its elasticity, feels dry, and is beginning to wrinkle. To treat age-related over-drying, crow’s feet, dullness of complexion, and sleep and laugh lines, try some almond oil. You will be glad you did.