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Finding the best oil for your skin
There is no such thing as one ingredient suits all when it comes to skincare.
Your skin is every bit as personal to you as your characteristics and will also change depending on your age, lifestyle and environment.
This means that it's essential to pay attention to what ingredients you are using to help care for it.
One of the best ways to look after skin is by using natural oils.
They have been relied on for centuries to help keep complexions looking beautiful and there are many to choose from depending on your skin type.
Here is a list of some of the most popular oils which are known for their impressive skincare benefits.
Commonly used as a moisturiser for normal skin, as well as for dry or ageing skin, this is a real multipurpose ingredient.
It contains high levels of vitamin E, fatty acids and carotenes and is thought to be longer lasting than olive oil, meaning it’s a great beauty cupboard staple.
It is commonly used in the treatment of scaly or dry skin due to its impressive hydrating capabilities and is also relied upon as a deeply nourishing hair oil.
Very dry and mature skin is likely to benefit most from avocado oil as it is highly moisturising and filled with monounsaturated fats and vitamin E.
This leaves skin feeling fuller and smoother even after the first application.
You can apply this oil straight to your face or alternatively mix it with your day cream for a fabulous fragrance and added hydration.
Extracted from the seeds of rose bushes this oil is unique among other vegetable oils in that it contains retinol (vitamin A) and is also high in vitamin C.
This makes it great for sun-damaged and ageing skin, especially as it also has high levels of omega-6, omega-3 and other essential fatty acids.
It is often used to treat conditions such as dermatitis, acne and eczema too.
Sweet almond oil
Popular in aromatherapy, it is suitable for all skin types and contains high levels of vitamin E for skin rejuvenation and the healing of scars and stretch marks.
It also has a beautiful fragrance, making it great for mixing into face masks and scrubs.
This is another oil which is great for all skin types and is a popular multi-purpose moisturiser.
Suitable for all parts of the body, it has excellent emollient properties and works particularly well when a few drops are added to a warm bath.
Grape seed oil
Ideal for oily skin, this product is light and thin, with vitamin E and a high polyunsaturated fat content.
It has high levels of omega-6 and is often used to relieve problems of poor blood circulation and is popular in body massage and aromatherapy.
Those of you with sensitive skin needn't worry about irritation either as grape seed oil is beautifully gentle on all skin types, while still being an effective moisturiser.
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