Whether your skin is mature, sensitive or oily, oils can offer many benefits. Essential or vegetal, discover the virtues of these oils for providing care for your skin.
“ESSENTIAL” AND “VEGETAL”: THE DIFFERENCE
In order to choose the right care oil for your skin, it is important to be able to distinguish vegetal oils from essential oils.
- Vegetal oils are derived from oleaginous plants, meaning plants producing fruits, nuts or seeds, which contain a large amount of fat. Vegetal oils are obtained by applying mechanical pressure to vegetal seeds, usually by way of cold pressure.
Depending on the origin of the vegetal seed oil, vegetal oils can provide the skin with softening, smoothing, nourishing, moisturizing and regenerative properties. These oils are often used in the care of dry, mature and sensitive skin. They also serve as the basis for the manufacturing of certain essential oils.
- Essential oils are derived from the distillation of aromatic plants (or from the organs of aromatic plants such as the flower, root or bark). This distillation process provides a way to extract a pure concentrate of aromatic molecules, referred to as the essence of the plant, which have powerful properties. Unlike vegetal oils, the texture of essential oils is not oily. Used alone or in combination, essential oils offer problem skin their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, toning, soothing and healing properties.
When essential oils are used in synergy, meaning they are combined with different essential or vegetal oils, their effects become more versatile and amplified.
Here is a selection of the most versatile oils for your skin
Borage Oil, rich in antioxidants and gamma linolenic acid, this oil facilitates the renewal of the epidermis, to protect the skin and slow down the signs of aging. With its nourishing and softening effects, it helps maintain soft, hydrated skin. With anti-inflammatory and healing properties, it relieves itching and the sensation of tightness of sensitive skin showing signs of eczema. This oil can also be used to facilitate the healing of acne lesions. Find Borage Oil in Cellular-Matrix Oil.
St. John’s Wort Oil is an oily macerate that acts as a natural “bandage” for the skin. With soothing, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties, it quickly relieves sensitive and irritated skin, while promoting the healing process in wounds. As a decongestant, it helps dissipate redness to achieve a more fresh, even complexion. Find St. John’s Wort Oil in Sensitive Skin Extract and Purifying Extract.
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. Purifying, balancing, antibacterial, regenerating and calming, it offers its extraordinary properties for all skin types, especially oily and impure skin. It helps to calm inflammation and facilitate the healing of acne lesions. Find Lavender Essential Oil in Purifying Extract, Hygia Multi-Use Oil and Sensitive Skin Essential Concentrate.
Thyme Essential Oil is an essential oil known for its powerful anti-infectious properties and its ability to stimulate the immune system. As an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic, it helps to treat rash breakouts of problem skin while preventing their reoccurrence. It is therefore, an essential oil indispensable for skin prone to acne and rosacea. Find the Thyme Essential Oil in Hygia Multi-Use Oil and Sensitive Skin Essential Concentrate.
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