The Benefits of Oils for The Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and also one of the most sensitive. Thousands of books and products have been developed over the centuries for proper skin care. Women and men have gone to great lengths to get that youthful glowing skin, investing thousands on products and regimes and getting different results.

Most of us know the three main steps of skin care. That is; cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin twice a day. These simple guidelines are to help keep the skin clean and moisturized. Man has attempted to create all manner of solutions that you can use for your skin but Mother Nature holds the true secret for a healthy and beautiful skin.  The secret is found in natural essential oils.

In fact, according to research done by the University of Minnesota found on http://takingcharge.csh.umn.edu, clinical researches being carried out all over the world strongly indicate that natural essential oils have tremendous healing power.

Let’s take a look at three essential oils that can do wonders for your skin and for your entire health.

The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean region and dates back to the beginning of mankind. The olive tree has played a role in human history, even mentioned in the Genesis story of Noah. The olive is an attractive evergreen tree that can grow 30 feet tall and 30 feet wide. However, it usually grows short and stubby (20′ x 20′). The leaves are a grayish-green with a silvery underside that makes an interesting landscape accent. The tree is easy to grow and will tolerate many soil types, but prefers the soil to be well drained. It is cold tolerant to around 10*F.

The olive fruit is green, on all varieties, and ripens to a blackish-purple color. The different varieties are harvested for different purposes, usually for oil or preparing for eating. Some varieties are harvested when green for one purpose or allowed to turn brown-black for another purpose. Olive trees have been in cultivation since 2,500 B.C. so there are hundreds of varieties. Willis Orchard Company offers seven of the top olive tree varieties from around the world for you to enjoy in your home orchard.” (Willis Orchard Co)

1. Olive Oil

The Benefits of Oils for The Skin

This is perhaps the most famous natural oil used for skin, hair and even for cooking. Rich in Vitamin E and A, this oil has rich anti-aging properties. It works as a soap to disinfect the skin, remove dead skin, sebum and dirt that clog the pores, causing acne and other skin problems.

This oil can be massaged on the whole body gently to cleanse and moisturize the skin, keeping it smooth and glowing.

2. Shea Oil

The Benefits of Oils for The Skin

Shea butter is growing in popularity for both skin and hair care. This oil is made from the nuts of the Shea Karite tree found mainly in the tropics of Africa.

Shea oil is especially good for protecting the skin from harsh weather that causes chapping and flaking. Its healing properties make it an excellent cure for eczema, diaper rash, acne, burns and it makes an excellent shaving cream that reduces burns and bumps.

“Just below the Sahara Desert, in a vast expanse of African Savannah land, sits the Nasia Village. Outside of the rainy season, this is one of the most unforgiving, dry, dusty places on earth. Brutal sun, wind, and Hamatan dust create dire consequences for exposed skin. For centuries, women of Nasia have used oil from the nut of the native Shea tree to combat these extreme conditions, turning the oil into raw shea butter for their skin”…….. (The Healthy Village.com)

3. Jojoba Oil

“Jojoba oil is found as an additive in many cosmetic products, especially those marketed as being made from natural ingredients. In particular, such products commonly containing jojoba are lotions and moisturizers, hair shampoos and conditioners. Or, the pure oil itself may be used on skin or hair. Jojoba oil is a fungicide and can be used for controlling mildew .” (Wikipedia.org)

The Benefits of Oils for The Skin

Jojoba oil is said to be the closest to the skin’s natural oils (sebum) in its composition. Because of this, the oil is quickly absorbed by the skin helping to balance the skin’s natural moisture. This is great for unclogging pores and keeping the skin soft and well moisturized. According to http://www.acne.org, jojoba oil is a great moisturizer especially during the cold and dry months when the skin dries out more. It is also rich in healing properties like Myristic Acid and Linoleic Acid which are great for reducing acne, blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines.

Always ensure that you select cold pressed essential oils that have are not damaged by heat. You can confidently use these oils on your skin without fear because they do not contain any chemicals, additives or parabens in their natural state.

By Imani

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