4 Oils for Softer, Heathier Skin
A winter wonderland can quickly make our skin dry, flaky and sensitive. This happens for several reasons - indoor heating, low humidity, heavier clothing, and frigid temperatures. Left untreated, dry skin can become irritated and even crack and bleed. So, what can you do to soften and nourish delicate skin? Let’s talk about 4 great oils for better skin health.
GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is found in borage oil, and to a lesser extent, evening primrose oil. Unfortunately, GLA is not found in high concentrations in food sources, making supplementation crucial. GLA can be taken both internally and applied externally to the skin. GLA is vital for keeping skin cells moist and strong while improving the barrier function of the skin. GLA is a great option for anyone suffering from eczema and dermatitis. Apply a small amount to the affected area to sooth inflammation.
The essential fatty acids found in fish oil are essential because the human body is unable to make them. We must instead obtain these nutrients through our diet or supplementation. Fish oil is available in a variety of concentrations depending on its use. The active components of fish oil are EPA and DHA. Someone dealing with extreme skin irritation and dryness would likely benefit from a supplement with elevated EPA like Renew Life Super Critical Omega. Liquid fish oil like Progressive’s chocolate flavour can be blended into your favourite smoothie or shake.
Coconut oil has been touted as the cure all for everything from dry skin to high cholesterol. Many of these claims are anecdotal as there have been very few studies on this touted miracle oil. However, one study did find that coconut oil is as effective as mineral oil when used to treat dry skin. Coconut oil is compatible with many skin types since it is composed of one simple ingredient - coconut oil. It contains no fragrances, preservatives or other harsh ingredients. Many natural cosmetics on the market today contain coconut oil as a main ingredient.
Try cleaning your face with coconut oil using the oil cleansing method! Simply rub one teaspoon of warm coconut oil into your face. Rinse a cloth under warm water and lay it onto your face for 30 seconds. Wipe remaining oil off. Learn more about this unique cleansing method at coconutsandkettlebells.com.
Jojoba oil regulates sebum production as it’s so similar to the sebum your body already produces naturally. This oil soothes and moisturizes your skin, and keeps oil production regulated to prevent acne caused by clogged pores. It’s also antibacterial, which acts as another defense against acne. This Healthline article outlines all of the major benefits. Fun fact: it’s also good for your hair, too.