Precious Oil – The 10 best natural oils for your skin
By now the news is out that oils are skincare miracle workers. Well – the natural ones are. And while it’s all well and good to learn that many skincare products use cheap and unfortunately quite nasty, mineral oils, it’s also important to discover which ones are the best for your skin as well. We’re happy to bring you a list of ten of the finest natural oils your skin could ever want. Not just the outside of your skin either, many of these oils help to lubricate your joints, clean your teeth and even detox your digestive system. You’ll find nearly all of these oils in our VM products (or in our kitchens) because we know first hand how amazing they can be.
Argan oil is derived from the seeds of the Argan tree which is native to Morocco. It is used as a raw food oil in Morocco, particularly for dipping bread or as a dressing for couscous. Amusingly, the seeds are very hard to crack and so locals usually wait for goats to eat and then….yes, you guessed it, poop them out, before they harvest them. It doesn’t change the value of the little seed though. Argan oil is very high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Argan is also high in fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 9. These fatty acids are not produced by our bodies but are necessary for healthy skin growth, keeping cells moist, supple and protecting against the entry of harmful pathogens and may assist in preventing premature ageing. Argan is non-comodogenic, so can be safely used on acne prone skin to relieve irritation and will not clog pores. It is also a fantastic hair treatment, protecting the ends of the hair from damage without being overly greasy.
Jojobas are plants native to Mexico and the warmer parts of the west coast of the United States. The plant is actually more than 50% oil. Jojoba is a light oil and is the closest oil to our own skin's sebum. This means that when it is applied to the skin it penetrates easily, without leaving a greasy or tacky feeling. This oil helps the skin to be pliant keeping it elastic and has even shown the ability to reduce wrinkles or minimize fine lines.
Its difficult to know where to start with coconut oil – it definitely falls into the category of superfood, but its also a super skincare ingredient as well. It is one of the richest sources of saturated fat in the world and these are the really good fats, the ones that provide energy, which soothe the digestive system and have proven therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimers. Coconut oil is brilliant for oil pulling, cleaning and disinfecting the mouth as well as naturally whitening the teeth. It is good for use in food either raw or cooked, as it is naturally anti-bacterial, helps the body to burn calories and improves cholesterol levels. It is a natural sunscreen, and provides a deep and real moisture to both skin and hair. It helps strengthen underlying tissue and helps remove excessive dead cells on the skins surface.
There is continuing debate about how good Grapeseed oil is as a food, but there is no doubt about its effects on the skin. Grapeseed oil oil is known to stimulate biological tissues to contract and draw together, it is useful for skin toning and tightening.
Rosehip oil is high in essential fatty acids include omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids help to regenerate skin cells and to repair damaged skin tissue. They quench dry, sun damaged skin and help to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Rosehip is a dry oil and penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it also increases collagen production.
Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) is rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3-and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants so the benefits for your skin are almost endless. It helps to retain moisture, fight free radicals and this in turn keeps skin young and able to regenerate and protect itself.
Macadamia oil is a rich, regenerative oil. It is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, contains Palmitoleic acid which promotes young soft skin, and is high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. This oil can be used inside and out, as it has the ability to lower triglyceride levels, improve heart health, boost energy levels, improve your digestive process, improve the symptoms of Celiac disease, strengthen bones, protect the eyes and boost the immune system.
This amazing oil has been mentioned in the ancient texts of the Greeks, the Tibetans and even Ghengis Khan. While it used to be used internally, particularly for horses, it is now mostly used externally (its not a cheap oil), and is well-known its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It is a great natural cleanser and exfoliator and can aid in the healing of burns, cuts, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. Sea-buckthorn is the richest known natural source of carotenoids, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), vitamin E, vitamin K1, and beta-sitosterol.
Now, old castor oil has a terrible reputation for being the one your grandmother forced down your throat to “clean you out”, but its actually an underrated hero oil with a lot to offer. Oh – and it will “clean you out”, its also a powerful laxative. It is a great massage oil for sore muscles as it is anti-inflammatory and reduces joint pain. It also treats fungal infections and will promote hair growth where hair is thinning. Its anti-bacterial properties, make it ideal for skin breakouts. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. It also helps to soften and heal scar tissue.
This oil is relatively new to consumers, simply because hemp is so heavily regulated. This seed oil has no relation whatsoever to cannabis oil, but it does have much more useful properties for the everyday consumer! Hemp seed oil helps to eliminate blackheads and acne. It also protects the skin from free radicals and improves elasticity. It is anti-inflammatory and thus works well for psoriasis and eczema as well. It is made up of 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs) and is said to contain the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 EFAs, which allows it to penetrate the layers of the skin. This nutty oil also tastes great on salads and in smoothies and works just as well on your skin from the inside as the outside. Just remember that some states don’t allow any hemp products to be sold for consumption at all – just for skincare.
Want to try some of these on your skin? Our Nature’s Elixir Face Oil (we affectionately call it NEO) is a magnificent combination of Argan, Seabuckthorn and Pumpkinseed oil, along with some other beautiful essential oils. We also have our Intensive Organic Night Repair Oil, a slightly richer oil with Macadamia oil, Seabuckthorn and Pumpkinseed oil as some of the main ingredients. Both have avid devotees who claim they have helped with everything from dark under eye circles to scar healing and acne.