Many people use lotion after a shower as a part of their daily routine to keep their skin smooth and soft. And while this is a common part of the American routine, there is another lesser-known daily routine that can keep your skin smooth, clear, healthy, and soft: oils. In fact, Europeans favor oils — and for good reason. Body and massage oils lock in moisture, protecting your skin from nasty environmental effects. They’re also an excellent vehicle for delivering powerful nutrients to your skin.
Learn the many benefits of using a daily massage oil, and find out which ingredients you should look for.
Oils Combat the Loss of Moisture
A massage oil is designed to fight the reason for dry, flaky skin — loss of moisture. Oils do an excellent job at protecting your skin’s lipid barrier, strengthening your skin’s ability to hold in moisture. Basically, they prevent the evaporation of moisture, giving you extended skin hydration.
Oils Don’t Clog Pores
If you have acne-prone skin, the word ‘oil’ strikes fear in your heart. You may think oil is the last thing you want to put on your face, as your whole goal is to avoid clogging pores. Interestingly enough, however, natural oils are actually easily absorbed. They’re not even greasy, and they are noncomedogenic, so they won’t clog your pores. Oils are a great moisturizing and healing tool for people with acne-prone skin. They even keep your face so well-moisturized that your skin stops over-producing its own oil, which diminishes the dreaded shiny T-zone.
No Preservatives Necessary
When massage oils are all natural, they don’t need preservatives. On the other hand, you’d be hardpressed to find a lotion without a preservative. When you use oils, not only can you feel more confident about what you’re slathering into your pores, you can also enjoy a longer shelf life — sometimes up to two years.
Healing and Nourishing Nutrients
Look for oils that contain these ingredients to deliver hefty doses of nourishing and anti-aging properties.
- Almond Oil: Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, almond oil is an excellent moisturizer to soothe dry or irritated skin. It even reduces wrinkles and inflammation.
- Coconut Oil: Rich in Vitamin E and proteins, coconut oil is ideal for moisturizing the skin. It can also help with acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
- Macadamia Oil: Containing fatty acids that create a chemical profile similar to our own natural skin oils, macadamia oil helps to replenish the moisture of dry skin — without leaving a greasy feel behind.
- Olive Squalane: Quickly penetrating the skin, olive squalane is ideal for reducing wrinkles and even preventing the formation of age spots.
- Jojoba Oil: A natural moisturizer, jojoba oil cleanses pores, fights bacteria, and treats acne.
- Argan Oil: Rich in vitamin E, argan oil contains healing properties and delivers moisture and toning capabilities to the skin. Argan oil can also soothe psoriasis, eczema, and acne.