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If you have been a good girl or boy during your twenties then you have taken proper care of your skin. Unlike me who took my flawless skin for granted. Even though your skin might be smooth, firm and blemish free during your twenties you should still have a routine that will support a youthful appearance for longer. During your thirty’s is still about maintaining that youthful glow but with a bit more intensity.
So if you haven’t been using a facial oil during your twenties, during your thirty’s is definitely the time to start. As we hit our thirty’s our skin cell turnover slows so it causes the skin to lose its softness, hydration and springiness. But all these symptoms can be helped by a good facial oil! Being a lady of her thirty’s myself and a massive skin care addict I have tried and researched many facial oils suitable for my age group. Before I get to the my top 5 here is a run down on the benefits of using facial oils.
The Benefits of Facial Oils
Because oils are composed of fatty acids, just like the lipids in the epidermis (the outer skin layer), they penetrate skin easily. This characteristic makes oil an excellent moisturizer. Oils also do an excellent job of repairing damaged skin. If your skin barrier has been compromised (has micro cracks), an oil quickly repairs the damage by filling in those cracks. Oils also lubricate skin and lock in moisture by creating an occlusive barrier over skin. (Occlusive means to block.)
An occlusive barrier does two things:
- Prevents things on the outside from entering skin
- Delays internal water from evaporating into air.
The net effect is skin that stays moist longer. Many face oils today are made of plant oils, which offer extra benefits for skin, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So in addition to strengthening your skin barrier, an oil can do much more.
More information on our skin, and what are the best type of oils for our skin can be found on this website.
So here is my round-up of what I believe are some good facial oils for us semi-mature ladies.
My top 5 Facial Oils
Rose Hip Oil
Benefits of Rose hip oil for the skin: rich in natural essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that are essential for skin health. Essential fatty acids include omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. They are vital for our general health and the health of our skin — but our bodies are unable to produce them. Essential fatty acids help to regenerate skin cells and to repair damaged skin tissue. It is the essential fatty acids in rose hip oil that quench dry, sun damaged skin and help to improve the appearance of burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Rose hip oil is rich in a natural source of vitamin A, known as trans-retinoic acid. Research shows that topical trans-retinoic acid is effective in helping to prevent premature ageing caused by sun exposure. Antioxidants are micronutrients that protect tissues in the body. Rose hip oil is rich in a range of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and lycopene, which help to protect and repair skin from premature ageing caused by modern living. Suitable for all skin types.
Recommended: Rose hip Oil by RosehipPLUS
Maracuja or passion fruit oil is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential antioxidants, and it’s considered to be an excellent emollient with the ability to moisturize as it easily penetrates deep into the skin while preventing moisture from seeping out. Just a few of its vitamins and minerals which includes antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, fiber, and protein. The quercetin in the passion-flower is considered to be one of the most powerfully protective compounds known and offers numerous beneficial compounds, including potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin.
One of the main reasons that argan oil is so effective, is that it is rich with vitamin A and vitamin E. Argan oil is also packed with anti-oxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Research shows that when applied to skin, it eases inflammation while moisturizing the skin. When applied externally, trocopherol from the vitamin E, helps to boost cell production while promoting healthy skin (and hair). Argan oil absorbs quickly, and does not leave an oily residue. Suitable for all skin types especially dry skin.
Recommended: Acure Certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
Your skin recognises jojoba oil as similar to its own natural wax ester. As a result skin pores stay open allowing jojoba to penetrate beyond the epidermis layer (top layer). It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, and jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers. Jojoba naturally has a balance of vitamins A, D and E which are known as skin healing vitamins. Jojoba is naturally rich in natural Vitamin A, and unlike synthetic formulas, is safe through pregnancy, for babies and adults. Vitamin A is important for skin cell regeneration and keeps skin healthy.
Essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9 help to regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin tissue. Jojoba oil is able to penetrate down to the skin matrix level. Jojoba’s wax ester fills the gaps between skin cells, soothes and slows their metabolism, protecting skin against accelerated skin aging. Docosenol is a saturated fatty acid naturally contained in jojoba. Docosenol is antiviral and is used in cold sore treatments. Suitable for all skin types especially oily/acne prone skin.
Recommended: The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil
Sea Buckthorn oil
Sea Buckthorn oil has over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients and it’s Vitamin C content is 12 times higher than that of an orange. The seed and fruit oil are rich in nutrients such as carotenoids, tocotrienols, and tocopherols. They are loaded with antioxidants like phenols, terpenes, and glucosides; vitamins A, C, and E; beta-carotene; plant sterols. This berry also has as much Vitamin E as wheat germ, three times more Vitamin A than carrots, and four times more superoxide dismutase, an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage, than ginseng. If that isn’t enough, Sea Buckthorn is also the only plant source that has omega 3, 6, 7, and 9, making this berry a complete omega family. Sea Buckthorn has a high level of superoxide dismutase, our star enzyme, that fights free radical damage.
With Sea Buckthorn’s high Vitamin E content, this oil will deeply penetrate the skins layers, holding hydration and softening the tissue. One of the best-known oils for combating acne. Topical Sea Buckthorn application softens, smooth’s and strengthens the skin and reduces scarring, swelling, and inflammation, allowing the skin to break the inflammatory cycle and heal itself. Sea Buckthorn is a mild analgesic, which discourages scratching and picking spreading bacteria and irritating the skin. It is also anti-microbial.
Recommended: Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil.
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