Pure and high-quality plant oils provide the face and body with valuable nutrients, help the skin to regenerate and make it soft to the touch. Oil is also a real insider tip for the scalp. But which oils are best suited to my needs? In the following, we have summarised the most important plant oils, their application as well as their effect for you.
The right oil for my skin and hair care
For dry skin, it is particularly important to nourish richly. The following oils are particularly suitable for this.
- Olive oil: Olive oil belongs to the rich oils. It is rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants. It has a mild anti-inflammatory effect, promotes elasticity and supports the connective tissue. Dry skin benefits from the rich care of olive oil, especially on the body and face, and helps to soothe it. For the care of hair and scalp, olive oil is a real insider tip. Dry dandruff and itching are combated, the hair appears shinier and is easier to comb. Split ends can be prevented. Olive oil works best in the form of a hair mask. For this, massage some oil into the scalp and hair and cover with a shower cap.
- Flaxseed oil: The oil of the flaxseed has an anti-inflammatory effect, is slightly disinfectant and improves the blood circulation of the skin. Because of its cell-regenerating effect, linseed oil is also a good choice for small skin cracks and damage or after intensive sunbathing. Linseed oil is best stored in the refrigerator.
- Cocoa butter and shea butter: Cocoa butter and shea butter are exceptionally good for smoothing and soothing dry and even neurodermitic skin. Shea butter is particularly well tolerated and also moisturising.
For sensitive skin, the fewer ingredients a skincare product has, the less allergenic it generally is. The following plant oils are well suited for sensitive skin:
- Hemp seed oil: Due to the abundant omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seed oil is considered particularly anti-inflammatory. It promotes the healing of irritated skin and at the same time has an antimicrobial, strongly regenerating and cell renewing effect, which is why the care oil is also recommended for dry and mature skin.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is very mild, is absorbed particularly quickly and contains a high proportion of lauric acid. It provides the skin with moisture, soothes itching and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Coconut oil is wonderful for sensitive and dry skin and can even be used to remove make-up. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and velvety, which is perceived as cooling. But be careful: coconut oil can clog pores if used too frequently and intensively.
- Almond oil: Almond oil is particularly suitable for sensitive and delicate skin types, as it does not clog the pores and is particularly well tolerated. The vitamins E, A, D and B as well as the fatty acids strengthen the barrier function, prevent wrinkles and can soothe dry patches. It is significantly richer than argan, sunflower or safflower oil and leaves a protective film on the skin. Due to its richness, it is versatile, both for the body and for sensitive facial skin or, for example, can be used as a massage oil.
- Walnut oil: Walnut oil is particularly well tolerated, as it is very similar to human skin lipids due to the linoleic acid it contains and thus brings irritated skin back into balance. It spreads well, is quickly absorbed and supports the healing of chapped skin.
The following oils are suitable for combination skin, as well as impure and oily skin:
- Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil can be used without hesitation for facial care and it is even suitable for combination skin. It is quickly absorbed, non-greasy and deprives the microorganisms responsible for impure skin of their basis of life, thus preventing blackheads and pimples. Jojoba is also said to have an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect.
- Thistle and sunflower oil: Both oils are ideally suited for the care of impurities. The high proportion of linoleic acid supports the natural protective function of the skin and allows redness to subside. Sunflower oil is a particularly mild nourishing oil, which is quickly absorbed and provides dehydrated skin with moisture. The tocopherol it contains has an anti-inflammatory effect. Safflower oil, with its antioxidant effect, helps best against very shiny, greasy skin. It is quickly absorbed and has a mattifying effect, and can also help with inflammation and irritated skin.
Oils for mature skin
- Argan oil: Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, phenolic acids and flavonoids. It is well absorbed by the skin, is quickly absorbed and counteracts inflammation. In addition, it does not clog the pores and is also suitable for impure skin. Due to its nourishing properties, argan oil is considered an effective anti-ageing substance for tightening the skin, as it is said to reduce minor wrinkles. The rich oil helps dry and mature skin to maintain the skin barrier in the long term, to tighten and cushions, thus the skin appears more even and elastic.
- Grape seed oil: Grape seed oil is considered a light oil with antioxidant and cell membrane-protecting properties. The vegetable oil is particularly popular as an anti-ageing oil because of its cleansing effect.
- Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil helps the skin to regenerate and smoothes the skin surface. It is also often used as a massage oil.
- Pomegranate oil: Pomegranate oil has an antioxidant, cell renewing effect. With its anti-inflammatory effect, the oil is particularly suitable for neurodermitic and sun-damaged skin and day care.
Individual blend in our Saint Charles Store
If you mix pure natural oil and essential oil, you get a personalised skincare blend. At our Saint Charles Store at Herrengasse 6-8, 1010 Vienna, you will receive expert advice on your skin needs. Come by now and mix your individual oil blend with essential oils. Lavender or ylang ylang oil are particularly popular with our customers for fragrant cosmetics.