One of the key components of healthy skin is oil. So using essential oils on your skin is a way to help nature along and replenish and rebalance some oils that may be lost or off-kilter due to a variety of factors that affect skin. Essential oils can help decrease the signs of aging by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, support the treatment of dry skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and flaky skin, reduce acne and blemishes, and keep skin cells healthy for a naturally refreshed and younger-looking appearance.
Our bodies produce oil naturally through sebaceous glands. The oil secreted is called sebum, which is made of fat and other substances. Sebum travels on hair follicles or through ducts to reach the surface of our skin to lubricate and protect it. Overactive sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, often during periods of stress or hormonal changes, which can result in acne. In climates with low-humidity or again during times of hormone imbalance, skin can become very dry despite normal production of sebum.
Skin care products with essential oils help counter-act overactive and underactive natural oil production. A little bit of essential oil goes a long way and too much can be abrasive to skin. Therefore, the best way to nourish skin with oils is through accurately formulated skin care products like Natura Veda. Our cleansers, moisturizers and serums are perfectly calibrated to maximize the benefits of essential oils for your skin.
So which oils are the best for skin care? We’re breaking down our top 6 best skin care oils of all time:
Moringa Oil: As the basis of our skin care line, we believe Moringa oil is THE best oil for skin. With nearly 100 phyto-nutrients including over 40 antioxidants, over 30 anti-inflammatories and tons of other vitamins, minerals and amino acids, Moringa oil is second-to-none when it comes to your skin. Among other nutrients, Moringa contains vitamins A with age-defying retinoids, Vitamins C and E that combat cell-damaging free radicals, Vitamin K to maintain healthy skin pigment, CoQ10 for skin firmness and Zeatin for accelerating skin cell regeneration. Additionally, Moringa oil has 70% oleic acid content, which helps it penetrates deeply into skin to deliver its incredible nutrients. Because oleic acid absorbs rapidly, it works quickly and does not leave the skin feel greasy, unlike other oils. Moringa oil has been used as a healing elixir for centuries in ancient cultures and is still a modern way to rejuvenate skin.
Sacha Inchi Oil: This wonderful oil is the world’s leading source of essential fatty acids. It contains Omega-3, 6 and 9, the trifecta of fatty acids necessary for healthy bodies and skin. Essential fatty acids help improve the quality of skin cell membranes to retain moisture and nutrients and detoxify cells by expelling waste. This keeps skin moisturized and reduces acne. Our Botanical Elixir is infused with both Moringa oil and Sacha Inchi Oil for a double dose of skin-loving nutrients.
Coconut Oil: It smells good, it cleans well and it hydrates skin. Coconut oil boasts these three important components for a skin care ingredient. With natural anti-bacterial compounds, coconut oil cleans skins without abrasive chemicals, making it the natural choice for our Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser. It also replenishes moisture in skin, improves skin tone, leaves skin with a natural shine and soothes dry and irritated skin.
Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is especially high in the antioxidant Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids, both of which help moisturize, cleanse and protect skin from harmful environmental factors. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing acne, redness and dryness, while encouraging new cell generation. You can find this fabulous oil in our Daily Moisturizing Cream and our Deep Cleansing Clay Mask.
Jojoba Oil: Also found in our Daily Moisturizing Cream, Jojoba oil helps reduce the most common skin problems: acne and dryness. It is a natural skin-softening moisturizer and acne-relieving anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. It acts much like sebum oil itself, helping heal, protect and hydrate skin.
Rosehip Oil: “A rose by any other name” may indeed be rosehip oil. This moisturizing oil derived from roses helps hydrate and plump skin to smooth wrinkles while also improving skin tone. It is known to reduce age spots and other discoloration, leaving the skin with a natural shimmer. We use it in our Age-Defying Nighttime Repair Eye Serum to help you wake up looking as sweet and pure as a rose.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: This little known oil is bursting with vitamins that have terrific anti-aging benefits. Its healing and clarifying properties help prevent and improve the effects of almost every skin condition including acne, discoloration, dry skin, sunburn and infections. We add Sea Buckthorn oil to our daily moisturizer to keep skin looking bright while it repairs cells all day.