Who has got a problem with dry skin in Winter? I do. And I am pretty sure, I am not alone. That’s why today’s “how to survive a German winter” is all about nourishing face oils.
Face oils work great when you have dry skin, but they work equally wonderful when you have normal or even fatty skin or blemishes. Depending on which oils you use, you can calm, nourish, fatten or balancing your face’s skin with high quality organic oils.
I want to share a few of my favorites with you today – some that help me surive in Winter and that keep my face’s skin smooth and healthy.
There are endless recipes out there for DIY face oils. However, in the end it is not about the fanciest recipe but it is all about the right oil for your skin and your personal preferences. In general you always have a carrier oil and (if you like) an essential oil to add to the carrier oil. You can also blend two or three carrier oils, depending on what you like. Some oils are pretty strong in smell (like argan oil or sesame oil) so you may want to blend those with a decent smelling one (like jojoba oil).
The oils I personally like to use are sesame oil, argan oil, avocado oil, soy oil, jojoba oil, and St John’s Wort oil. However, there are loads of other oils out there which are incredibly beneficial for your skin’s health. As I am not an expert I cannot write about all of them but will focus on the ones that I use and like. I use these oils both on my face skin and on my body skin and I also use them as bath oils (I shared a post about this back here).
Whenever you purchase an oil for skin care, make sure you get the highest quality available. A bad oil will no do your skin any good. The oil should be organic and preferably come in a dark container. If it does not come in a dark bottle, make sure to store it in a dark place. Whenever your oils begin to smell funny or just slightly different compared to what they smelled like when you first opened them, you should get rid of them. Bad oils will do more harm than good to your skin.
You can use a variety of different essential oils with your carrier oils. Also here it is all about the right oils for your type of skin.
Lavender essential oil is great for soothing inflamed skin – it is antibacterial and I like to use it at night to calm down and fall alseep more easily. YlangYlang is balancing and stimulating and evens out the sebum production. I like to use this one in a carrier oil in the morning.
Always stick to this rule: 1 drop of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil!
Now to the carrier oils that I personally like to use.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil is packed with almost all of the vitamins and minerals essentially needed for healthy skin, namely, vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. It softens dry skin and restores the skin to a balanced condition. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help in reducing inflammation caused by skin dryness. Jojoba oil is one of my absolutely essentials in the cold months of the year.
I like to use Jojoba oil from Bergland
Soybean Oil: Soybean oil is a great source of antioxidants which help protect the skin’s cells from damage and keep it healthy and youthful; you can use it as an anti-aging oil. Soybean oil contains loads of vitamin E and it helps to keep your skin feeling smooth and healthy. It is also used in relation to skin blemishes such as acne. One of the reasons why I like to include it in my beauty care 🙂
I like to use the Soybean Oil from Provida
Argan Oil: Argan oil is pretty much amazing and will solve pretty much any skin problem you could think of 😀 It is high in vitamin E and fatty acid, absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating. It has an anti-oxidant effect which makes it a great anti-aging product. It restores elasticity and leaves your skin feeling plumper and softer. The vitamin E and fatty acids in Argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin and provide it with nutrients which will prevent further dryness and irritation.
I like to use Argan Oil from Grüne Erde
Sesame Oil: Seasme oil contains loads of vitamin E and an antioxidant called sesamol which effectively prevents the appearances of wrinkles and fine lines. Sesame can hence also be used as an anti aging skin care (all natural benefits without chemical ingredients!). Although sesame oil is fairly thick and sticky, it is easily absorbed by the skin. Finally, seasme oil can help to prevent bacterial infections as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
I like to use Sesame Oil from Provida
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is great in making your skin soft and hydrated which make it great for Winter skin care. Cold pressed avocado oil is able to limit the inflammations caused by sebaceous glands and hence, is great for impure skin. Also, avocado oil has very high anti aging properties and protects against free radicals.
I like to use Avocado Oil from Primavera
St John’s Wort Oil: St. John’s Wort oil is probably not a very commong oil for face skin care. However, I personally love it. I got it in the first place to treat my c-section scar but used it all over my body and face afterwards. The oil is highly anti-inflammatory, so it reduces redness and inflammation. It works that well that you can even use it on highly irritated skin, like after a little too long sunbath or when you burned yourself. Please note that St John’s Wort oil will make your skin more sensitive to sun light. So it is should rather be used in Winter 😉
I like to use St John’s Wort oil from Provida
I hope you found this post useful and I inspired you to look more into face oils and why they are a great alternative to conventional skin care.
What are you favorite face oils and how do you use them? I would love to know!
I will be back on Sunday with a small Valentin’s Special which, at the same time, will be my last post for the “how to survive a German winter series”. Stay tuned 😉