Most women in America spend hundreds of dollars per year on facial creams, hoping to stall the inevitable process of aging. While many factory-produced creams are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and all the other goodies that come with age, studies show that many natural oils - applied to face in their pure, natural, unaltered form - deliver just as good, if not better, results. Many people are discouraged with using natural oils because they try either the wrong oil, which is not suitable for their particular complexion; or, they use too much oil per application, which can cause break-outs. With most oils, 3 to 5 drops of oil are enough to cover the entire face.
Ideally, you want the oil to absorb quickly, so you do not want to over indulge in the application. If your face feels very oily after about 5 minutes, you have probably used too much oil. If you have very dry skin, sometimes a "treatment" for the face is helpful, where you would use a little too much oil, every few days. However, if you have oily skin, then you have to be careful, and use the oils sparingly, to avoid breakouts.
Some of the most popular oils to try if you have dry to very dry skin are olive oil, avocado oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil and jojoba oil.
Some well-rated oils to try if you have normal to oily skin are argan oil, coconut oil, maracuja oil, almond oil and jojoba oil.
You can get most oils on Amazon or even at your local grocery store. The key is to purchase oils that are organic (so that the plants and seeds from which they are extracted are not treated with toxic pesticides) and hopefully from eco-friendly brands that promote fair trade and humane, animal-friendly practices.
My favorite organic coconut oil that I use on my face, for example, is from Trader Joe's! The best way to choose which oil is the right one for you (I personally use several different oils and I enjoy switching it up every day to reap the benefits of each of my favorite oils), is to study the particular benefits of the oils available.
Here is a wonderful website that describes the uses of many carrier oils, including notes on what skin types the oils are appropriate for:
This company also lets you buy a set of three sample oils to try, so you can purchase a small amount of oil to test out before committing to a larger bottle. Keep in mind, when buying facial oil, a 1-ounce bottle will last a very long time, since only 3 to 5 drops are used per facial application!
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