This time of the year is the most stressful for my skin. It is dry, it does not like anything that contains alcohol (not even organic cosmetics with alcohol) and all it likes are high quality oils. This is why I thought it could be interesting for you to get to know my face oil favorites for Winter!? I have some mono oils here that I like using, and a few blends that I love.
I began using face oils last year and I love it more and more. I actually totally stopped using any kind of creams and went over to oils only. For my winter skin this works really well and I am looking forward to see how things will go in summer. Last summer I was using a light cream during the day but I want to try using oils this summer. I will keep you updated on how it works.
I use my face oils in the morning after washing my face. I sometimes apply a bb cream or a light make up on top of my face oil and that works really well for me. When I do not apply a bb cream or make up, I just apply my blush powder directly on the oil. I try to wait a minute or two before applying but evven when I apply it directly, it usally works great. All oils that I use and share with you here are absorbed easily by my skin, especially in winter, and especially in the morning after washing my face. This can of course be different with different skin types. However, almost all oils presented here are for all skin types. When you have very oily skin the You & Oil blend (last product in this post) will probably be your best friend. Everyone with dry skin, normal skin, or sensitive skin will for sure be happy with any of these oils.
On a sidenote, I do not use any face products at night, actually (except for a little bit on toner after washing my face with black soap). I want to skin to be able to breathe. Doing it this way helped me a lot fighting my impurities and ever since I leave my skin naked at night and apply oil in the morning, I have a pretty clean skin.
I want to start with the single oils that I like to use and talk about three face oil blends further down.
So first there is moringa oil. Moringa oil was already used thousands of years ago in Ayurveda medicine and later by the ancient Greeks and Romans for skin care. However, I only got to know it a couple of weeks ago and was pretty excited about it! It is rich in vitamins, unsaturated fats, behenic acid and antioxidants. It is especially recommended for dry skin, premature skin aging and oxidative stress. For rough, dry skin it has a lasting, moisturizing and smoothing effect.
For me this makes it the perfect oil for cold winter days when I know I will spend a lot of time outside. Like when I go hiking or so.
Like most oils, this oil can also be used for hair care.
I use a moringa oil from farfalla and I am very happy with it.
Another oil that I only got to know recently is baobab oil. Whether your skin is showing signs of aging, has been damaged by the sun or the use of harsh skin products, baobab oil can help. It has nourishing ingredients that have the ability to heal the skin from deep within. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties it can reduce redness and inflammation, and even eczema. It is also said to have antipyretic properties.
I used this oil on eczema that I got over New Years’s and it worked SO well! Before trying baobab oil, I tried coconut oil, aloe vera, and another “healing” kind of cream but none of them worked as well as the baobab oil. It truly was amazing to see how I had a ton of red spots on my belly at night, then applied baobab oil and then had an almost perfect skin the next morning (after having had eczema for two weeks!).
For me, this oil is pretty much pure magic.
I got mine from The Essence of Africa
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is an ingredient in many of my cosmetic products, however, I never really used it on it’s own. Until now.
It is a great moisturizer, reduces inflammation, is a great anti aging oil, and even reduces the risk of infection in open wounds and cuts because of it’s antiseptic properties. It does not feel too oily when applies to the skin and is absored easily. Once it is absorbed,it provides moisturization for a long time.
Also, apricot kernel oil is one of the best carrier oils for massage. It penetrates nicely into the skin and also improves the delivery of essential oils and other herbal agents. I love to make massage oils for my daughter with apricot kernel oil but also use it plain for my daily face care.
I got my apricot kernel oil from Taoasis.
Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose hip seed oil is another absolute favorite of mine. I love this one ever since I was toddler. The oil is anti-inflammatory and loaded with therapeutic benefits for the skin. Like most oils, it is versatile and can be used on all skin types. Rose hip seed oil reducing redness, has a calming effect, is moisturizing, and prepping the skin for other products: Rose hip oil really does a lot and is part of my daily beauty routine since years.
I love to add a few drop of my favorite essential oils to this one to get even more of an aroma therapy when applying the oil.
I get my wild rose oil from Primavera. This is where my mother got it for me when I was a toddler and this is where I still get mine.
Now to three oil blends that I like using. I will put my current favorite first.
Toned Facial Oil
You may have noticed that I love the products from Provida and there toned facial oil is another winner.
This fine, mild scented facial oil is absorded very easily and leaves you with the softest feeling. I did not really see a change in the color of my face’s skin, but enjoyed it a lot anyway. It is a blend of grapeseed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and essential oils (lavender, geranium, and citronella) and smells absolutely amazing and refreshing. I love to use it in the morning because of it’s fresh smell of citronella which makes me feel fresh and awake.
You can find this oil in the Provida online shop.
Regenerative Face Oil
The face oil from Amo Como Soy made it on my blog last year already (here).
I really like the women and the philosophy behind this small German label and this is why I decided to include the oil in this post again.
This oil is the most expensive of all the oils that I am sharing with you here. I do not think that you NEED this oil to get a healthy skin and I think all other oils here are as good as this one. What makes this oil so expensive is the blend of almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and the precious inca peanut, passionfruit oil, oenocarpus bataua fruit oil and other very exclusive ingredients all coming from South America.
The oil really does a great job in nourishing, softening, and healing your skin, it is absorbed really quick, and even though it might seem super expensive: it actually lasts forever as you only need tiny little bits.
You can get it in the Amo Como Soy online shop
Balancing Face Oil
Finally, there is You & Oil faceoil for combination skin. I found this one really intersting because I do sometimes face problems with impurities and I wanted to try an oil for combination skin to see how it works. This combination of herbal oils was made, to help regulating the lipids metabolism, clean the pores and do not leave the feeling of oiliness. Lavender essential oil gently soothes irritated skin, creating a natural skin protection.
It is a blend of hazelnut oil, rice kernel oil, water melon seed oil, camelina oil and other high quality ingredients. It absorbes very easily, it smells great, it works great, and back in late summer last year when I started using face oils on a daily basis, this one helped me SO MUCH in getting back a clean and clear skin!
You can find it in the You & Oil online shop.
Now I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did preparing it. I truly don’t think there is anything more pampering than applying high quality oils to your skin. The feeling that I get when applying oil to my skin after taking a bath or after washing my face in the morning is just something totally different than the feeling that I get when applying a cream. It can be the most expensice organic high quality cream. It simply gives me a whole different feeling. Is there anyone out there who can relate to this :D?
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