More and more South Floridians are becoming vegan-wise and turning to organic fruits and veggies. To keep up with the trend, the region is coming up with more juiceries, vegan cafes, healthy restaurants, organic markets, yoga studios and so on. And what’s more? With the new-age clever food apps around, locating a healthy eatery in South Florida has been reduced to a few taps. And, just as the popularity of healthy eating has soared, so has the craze for natural skincare. People are increasingly becoming aware of the nutritive quotients of oils, which from their kitchen, is fast making way to their beauty cabinets.

TechNavio has already predicted a “considerable growth” for facial oils noting that the global facial oil market will experience growth at CAGR of 5.66% in the 2016-2020 span. Oils have been discovered to cure everything from acne to wrinkles. So, let’s find out more about this oil buzz in the skincare market and how to pick the right oil for you?

How does oil help in skincare?

Moisture is the very foundation of healthy, glowing skin. When you are young, the skin naturally produces oils to retain moisture. However, the process weakens as you age. To compare the difference, picture the skin of a baby and that of an adult. The natural glow of the skin diminishes with age and it becomes susceptible to dryness and inflammation. Just like the vegetable oils in our diet enrich the body with the essential fatty acids, in particular, the irreplaceable ones, the skincare oils feed the same nutrition to the skin.

The oils, in fact, are structurally similar to the skin sebum. The fatty acids contained in the oils preserve the skin’s moisture by toning up the skin’s barrier cells and nourish it by boosting the lipid production. Inflammations are kept at bay and healed if any, and the skin elasticity is restored, thanks to the antibiotic and nourishing properties of the oils. No wonder, the ecological blends of essential oils, plant and vegetable oils are becoming so popular. Enriched with fatty acids, active ingredients, and vitamins, these oils work by penetrating deep into the skin layers and regulate the skin’s vital processes.

How to choose your oil for skincare?

Skincare oils are mostly extracted from kernels, seeds, and nuts. The oils contain a combination of fatty acids. Oils contain both unsaturated fatty acids which have antioxidant properties and saturated fatty acids which are more emollient. Oils high in unsaturated fatty acids are excellent for fine skin care and body warming massages while the ones high in saturated fatty acids are best suited for bath and body care or extensive massage sessions since they take time to absorb. It is every oil’s unique fatty acid composition which holds the key to choose an oil. For example, the chia oil is great to nourish the skin. Extracted from chia seeds, this oil loaded with omega – 3 and 6, has anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, and anti-aging properties. Similar such oils are primrose and grape seed.

For those with dry, mature skin, oils enriched with oleic acid are best for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-sun-damaging effects. The oils of apricot kernel, avocado and hazelnut are highly regarded in this category. Scarred skin can be healed with oils containing Palmitoleic acids like sea buckthorn berry and macadamia nut which are exceptional in softening scar tissues, skin regeneration, and anti-aging.

To sum up, each oil has its own nutritive value and healing properties to provide nourishment to your skin and restore any dryness, dullness, over-oiliness, wrinkles, rashes or acne. When it comes to picking the right skincare oil for you, identify the purpose of oil application, explore the properties of various oils and try the one that seems most suitable for your purpose.

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