3 years ago

Food for Skin: Plant and Essential Oils

Every
day, our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun and pollution from
the environment. The result is microscopic damage to our skin cells that
eventually leads to uneven skin tone and texture, sagging, fine lines and
wrinkles. Happily, a tailored routine of nourishing, plant-based products can
help to fend off and even reverse many of these signs of skin damage and aging.
Here’s how:

PLANT
OILS FOR BEAUTY

Remember
when oil was the enemy? Well, forget that notion, because we now know that all
skin types can benefit from the essential fatty acids and antioxidants that
plant oils contain. Plant oils such as olive or avocado oil are pure and
naturally-occurring. Unlike petroleum or animal fats, they are also
cruelty-free, sustainable and vegan. Paired with other gentle products, these
oils help reduce and reverse the signs of aging by replacing broken links in
our skin’s natural moisture barrier and shielding against further damage.

In fact,
even those with oily, acne-prone skin may benefit. Studies show that
alcohol-based toners and drying bar soaps traditionally indicated for oily skin
types may actually irritate the lining of the pore, increasing oil production.
On the other hand, a gentle skincare routine that incorporates plant oils for
moisture can help to effectively manage this challenging skin type.

How
to use:
Choose
natural, minimally-refined oils such as virgin coconut oil or argan oil for the
greatest skincare benefit. Massage a few drops of diluted essential oils
directly into cleansed skin, or add to any unscented all natural moisturizer to
enrich it.

ESSENTIAL
OILS AND AGING

Essential
oils have become incredibly popular and can be an excellent addition to any
skincare routine, but it’s important to use them appropriately. These volatile,
fragrant compounds are highly concentrated, so proper dilution is critical. Add
just a few drops to any unscented product – body lotion, hair masque, etc. –
and enjoy aromatherapeutic and skin-enhancing benefits.

How
to use:

  • Relax
    fine lines by adding a few drops of rose essential oil to argan oil or shea
    butter and apply sparingly before bed. 
  • Stimulate scalp and senses by adding a drop of peppermint oil to your favorite
    shampoo or conditioner each time you lather up. Breathe deep, relax and enjoy!

Note: Essential oils and fragrances are
not recommended for skin with active acne, cuts, open wounds or extreme
dryness.