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During the wintertime, I sometimes find it difficult to keep my skin looking healthy. Here in the south, the constant temperature change does not help in keeping your skin hydrated. Over the years I have discovered a few oils that help. I use most of these oils in my products and on my skin daily. Here a few oils that will keep your skin looking healthy this winter.
Jojoba plant (Simmondsia Chinensis), is native to Southwestern North America. Jojoba oil and wax are produced from the seeds of this plant. The oil has a chemical makeup that is like our skin's natural oil and can be used in general for dry skin. Jojoba oil contains vitamins B and E. The oil also has minerals, zinc, and copper which all work to strengthen skin.
How Does it work
Jojoba oil is an emollient and when applied to the skin it soothes skin and unclogs hair follicles. The thought is unclogged hair follicles lead to hair growth and therefore jojoba oil is recommended for hair regrowth.
How do you Apply It
Jojoba is applied directly (topically) to the skin. The oil can help with psoriasis, acne, and sunburn. Great for dry skin during the winter months. Also, used topically to encourage the regrowth of hair in balding people, just mix with essentials like rosemary or lavender and this creates a great hair serum.
What Is Avocado Oil?
The botanical name for avocado oil is Persea Gratissima. The oil is a clear yellow-green color and is obtained from the avocado fruit. Avocado oil contains vitamins A, C, D, and E. The carrier oil is a wonderful antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory skin care moisturizer. A fact about avocado oil is that it increases collagen synthesis which helps skin irritations like redness, wrinkles, and psoriasis. Avocado oil contains plant sterols (a substance found in fruit) These sterols are responsible for keeping your skin hydrated, moisturized, and as well as reducing age spots and wrinkles.
How Do you Use Avocado Oil
Avocado oil can function as a skin moisturizer for dry, chapped and damaged skin. Avocado oil can work on normal and sensitive skin. Apply it alone or in conjunction with your favorite skincare products and blends.
Rosehip Seed Oil
One of the best-kept secrets is Rose Hip Seed Oil. Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a South American rose bush. The oil contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C which help to increase cell turnover by removing dead skin cells from the surface and increasing collagen. collagen and elastin production are important for older skin so this means aging skin will benefit from rosehip seed oil the most. Also if your skin is acne-prone, has Uneven pigment, scars, And fine lines you should see some improvement as well.
How To Use Rosehip Seed Oil
You can apply rosehip oil twice per day. The oil can be used on its own, or you can add a few drops to another carrier oil or your favorite moisturizer. I use rosehip oil in a face serum with infused roses and my favorite essential oils
Not everyone has perfect skin. There are those whose skin is irritated, sensitive, and have skin conditions as eczema and dermatitis. The perfect oil for those skin conditions is flaxseed oil (Linum Usitatissimum).
What is Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is a colourless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried seeds (ripened) of the flax plant. The oil is high in omega -3 fatty acids which means it regulates oil production in the skin to boost hydration and prevent acne, and delay the skins aging process which hinders wrinkles. Flaxseed oil fights common skin problems and infuses life and radiance back to dull-looking skin. The oil also improves skin tone, minimizes redness, and quells skin inflammation.
How to use Flaxseed Oil
Apply a few drops topically to the skin once or twice a week, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off. You can also mix a few drops into your favorite moisturizer and massage in. The oil will retain moisture in the skin locking out any irritants that clog pores.
During winter fighting dry skin can be a chore. No matter the age or skin condition many of us at some point experience skin problems. The chilly weather may be the culprit, or it could be from using harsh soaps that contain irritants. Whatever the cause you now have the tools to make your winter face glow