Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Oils

Source: flickr.com user Nathan Harper
Source: flickr.com user Nathan Harper

When most people hear the word “oil” they automatically conjure images of greasy skin, thick cooking-style oils, and acne. Sadly, this leads a lot of people to stay far away from skin care products containing natural oils for fear that they’ll break out or have shiny, greasy skin. Well, I’m here to spread the truth about natural skin care oils!

The oils used in high-quality skin care products like Atopalm are known as non-comedogenic oils. This means that they will never, ever cause acne breakouts or excessively oily skin. The term “non-comedogenic” refers to the technical term for blackheads and whiteheads — comedo. Therefore, non-comedogenic literally means that an ingredient won’t cause any sort of breakout.

When you choose a skin care product with botanical oils, you’re actually doing your skin a huge favor. Natural skin care oils are very easily absorbed and utilized by the skin, allowing you to achieve optimized results. There are many different oils used in skin care products; here’s a quick look at some of the non-comedogenic natural oils you’ll find in Atopalm skin care.

Grape Seed Oil, or grapeseed oil (huge difference, I know) is one of the most popular skin care oils, and for good reason! The beauty of grape seed oil is that in addition to being non-comedogenic, it actually helps to regulate your skin’s natural oil production. This means it will help dry skin create more natural oils, or help oily skin to balance itself. Plus, it protects with skin care antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help brighten the appearance of a dull complexion.

Jojoba Seed Oil is a favorite of those with dry yet acne-prone skin. It will smooth, soften, and illuminate the skin without ever feeling heavy or cloying. Its small molecular size allows jojoba oil to penetrate deeply into pores, providing moisturizing effects from the inside out. When used on dry skin, jojoba oil is also able to diminish excessive moisture loss, helping the skin to stay hydrated longer. Finally, a high antioxidant content helps to slow the onset of visible signs of aging, making it an effective anti-aging skin care ingredient.

Olive Fruit Oil is yet another skin care oil that is actually great for acne-prone skin! Olive fruit oil features mildly astringent effects which can tighten and tone the skin, an essential feature for oily skin, as well as dry skin that experiences acne breakouts. Olive fruit oil absorbs quickly and easily to provide comforting emollient coverage while protecting the skin with antioxidants.

Safflower Seed Oil, like jojoba oil, is often used in skin care to support the skin’s barrier system. This effect reduces transepidermal water loss, which is the fancy term describing the loss of skin moisture. Safflower seed oil also softens, smoothes, and soothes skin, making it the perfect choice for dry skin and those suffering from conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is often used in cosmetic formulations due to its high stability, deep moisturizing benefits, and its ability to protect the skin for a great length of time. When applied to the skin, meadowfoam seed oil creates a protective barrier which helps keep moisture in and irritants out. It is especially beneficial for extremely dry, chapped skin, and can even help repair cracked lips.

As you can see, these natural skin care oils are far from bad for the skin — they are practically essential for healthy skin! Did we miss one of your favorite skin care oils? Leave us a comment and tell us which oil is your favorite!

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