Since we know the harms and consequences of using mineral oils (from petrochemicals) contained in industrial creams, it is strongly recommended to use 100% natural vegetable oils. Nature is full of plants, flowers, seeds...with moisturizing, regenerating, firming, softening powers...we must not deprive ourselves of them.
For each oil, the properties are different and numerous: some oils are fatty and rich (for very dry skin), others light and with a dry finish! But all provide a protective, emollient and softening moisturizing benefit (By capturing water from the inside, under the layers of the epidermis).
- For the dry skin : Sesame, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Argan, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Borage, Argan… In fact, dry skin can use the majority of vegetable oils without problem. The most important thing is to gain elasticity, comfort, hydration and to prevent/correct fine lines and wrinkles.
- For the combination skin : Jojoba, Hazelnut, Grape seed, Apricot, Hemp… their roles will be to regulate the T zone (to avoid any imperfections) of the face while protecting and hydrating the rest of the face.
- For the oily skin : Jojoba, nigella, sea buckthorn, grape seeds... The main thing is to regulate the production of sebum throughout the face to reduce the shiny appearance (by mattifying) the skin, avoid and eliminate pimples and blackheads, by opting for vegetable oils with a “dry” touch and very penetrating.
- For the acne-prone skin : Nigella, Jojoba, Hazelnut… We must prevent the production of severe excess sebum, reduce inflammation, purify and reduce the appearance of pimples/comedones!
- For the so-called “normal” skin (not suffering from any particular concerns): Argan, Jojoba, sesame… The goal is to preserve the skin and protect it from external aggressions. It is also important to hydrate it to avoid premature aging.
Important, we associate with vegetable oils an index of comedogenicity : This index makes it possible to define whether this oil can cause pimples and clog facial pores . For acne-prone skin, it is therefore strongly recommended not to use a vegetable oil with an index greater than 1.
- Index 0, not at all comedogenic : Jojoba, Argan, prickly pear seed oil, Hemp, Hazelnut, Avocado…
- Index 1, low comedogenic : Apricot, Sweet almond, Sea buckthorn, Grape seeds, Sesame, Nigella…
- Index 2, comedogenic : Coconut, Borage, Rosehip….
- Index 3, very comedogenic : Wheat germ …
Be careful, a rancid oil is systematically comedogenic , even if its comedogenicity index is zero. So, it is important to preserve your oils respecting the instructions (storage away from heat and light) but also choosing them good quality.