Natural Skin Care with Botanical Oils

By: Jaime Hall


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OVERVIEW—In the pursuit of glowing, age-defying skin, many people will turn to commercial creams and elixirs to achieve the perfect youthful appearance. However, many do not realize that by straying away from ingredients that mimic the natural “cosmetics” of ancient cultures, they are decreasing the skin’s natural ability to maintain traits of hydration and elasticity by forcing the skin to rely on chemical ingredients to achieve these traits. While people may observe their skin to feel softer or smoother from the use of commercial products, these feelings are often the result of artificial coatings on the skin that will wash away and do not impart a lasting effect that the skin can maintain naturally.  

Say goodbye to moisturizing lotions that contain vast quantities of water, preservatives, and other fancy (but useless) ingredients, which only serve to hide the one ingredient that is helpful: oil. If you want to avoid all the unnecessary additives, just break it down to the most basic component of lotion—the oil that actually provides the hydration your skin needs.

By changing your beauty regimen to include simpler and more natural products like botanical oils, you can begin to achieve the desired skin traits that are the epitome of health and beauty. Why spend the energy and funds on supplying yourself with high-tech treatments when the answer to glowing skin is right on your supermarket’s shelf?

If putting pure oils directly on your face and body sounds messy or counter-intuitive, do not be afraid. Pure oils from botanical plants are extremely beneficial for all skin types–even super oily–because they contain ultra-moisturizing omegas and essential fatty acids. Though, like all beauty products, certain oils are better for skin types than others. To help you decide on the oils with which you should be replacing your commercial products, we have outlined some of the most beneficial oils and when to use them.




Jojoba Oil

Derived from the jojoba plant, this “oil” is actually a form of liquid wax that contains minerals and nutrients vital to healthy skin such as vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, and zinc. In fact, jojoba’s molecular structure is extremely similar to sebum, an oil your skin produces naturally. This similarity allows jojoba oil to both dissolve the sebum on your skin–remember, like dissolves like–and become easily absorbed by the skin’s pores for ultra-effective moisturization. The perfect oil to enhance your facial care routine, jojoba can help prevent breakouts as well as the largest contributor to aging—loss of moisture.

Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil (distinct from bitter almond oil) is extremely useful as a skin moisturizer due to the high level of fatty acids it contains. These fatty acids help the skin lock in moisture by creating a barrier, and can effectively aid skin conditions such as eczema, acne, or rosacea. Almond oil is also great as an anti-aging topical because of its ability to plump and firm skin while working as a natural exfoliant that removes dead skin cells to promote the growth of healthier skin.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Extracted from seeds on the fruit that occurs on wild rose bushes, this oil is often referred  to as a “miracle” skin care oil because of its variety of highly beneficial vitamins and nutrients. For example, rosehip seed oil contains vitamin A, fatty acids, omega-6, omega-3, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. This makes it the ultimate oil to tackle dry skin, signs of ageing, cell and tissue regeneration, sun damage, and uneven skin-tone as well as smoothing scars. Rosehip seed oil is wonderful for both body and face care.

Castor Oil

This oil was highly utilized by the Egyptian empire and is produced by extracting the oil from castor bean seeds. Castor oil is effective as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, contains a variety of fatty acids, and also stimulates collagen tissue. These properties make it especially useful for fighting acne, healing sunburn, conditioning and plumping skin, and rejuvenating skin cells.

Note: When using any botanical oils, pay attention to labels to be sure they are unrefined. Some oils may also have a shorter shelf-life and may need to be refrigerated.


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