Making the most of your botanical oils

Posted by [email protected] on 6/26/2020
Making the most of your botanical oils

With the modern and rapidly changing lifestyle, our bodies struggle to adapt to the challenging environments. From unhealthy diets, to unhealthy environmental conditions, our skin conditions get affected adversely. And when one talks about skin care, it becomes important to consider natural products like botanical oils. 

Botanical oils are the plant based oils extracted from seeds, nuts, kernels, and also from the flesh of vegetables and fruits. Botanical oils have emerged as a vital product for the skin care, as cleaners, toners, and moisturizers. It is said to be beneficial in curing many skin problems like acne, dry skin, oily skin, eczema, hyper-pigmentation spots, rosacea and many more. Unlike many skin care products botanical oils not only improves the skin appearance but acts deeply boost the overall skin health.

How do botanical oils work on the skin?

Botanical oils are essentially lipids, it means they are derived from a variety of oils, fats and waxes which are found in all plants in varying degrees. These plant oils have a fine molecular structure, which makes them easily absorbed by the skin. Skin care application of botanical oils involves direct absorption of the oil, and hence boosting of the lipid barrier to improvise the skin’s appearance and hydration.

Botanical oils are also effective in anti-ageing skin care. These oils replenish our skin’s lipids which get depleted with the age. These lipids play a very important role by holding together the epidermis layer of the skin. Therefore, dry aged skin calls for application of botanical oils for lipids replenishment.

How to use botanical oils for skincare?

Botanical oils can be used alone, as individual oil, or may be combined to form blends. Some botanical oils may be added with some essential oils to specifically treat some skin diseases. It is always recommended to use botanical oils in blends for maximum benefits to the skin health. 

A conscious thought goes into deciding which botanical oils to use best to suit the specific skin type and it is always recommended to try a patch before applying the mixture over the whole skin. Using natural products doesn’t always guarantee you an affirmative result, and some oils might even cause allergic reactions. So it is best to test and trial before deciding.

Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is a method which makes use of the oil to dissolve and remove dirt on the skin. The basic principle is that we use a good quality oil to free the skin of bad oils. OCM helps to remove oil from the face, the same oil which makes the face look oily or dirty. 

Some of the popular botanical oils you can use for your skin nourishment are as follows:

  • Argan oil

Rich in antioxidants, Argan oil helps in enhancing skin elasticity and hence used for anti-ageing factors. Argan oil is also said to be beneficial to maintain the hydration levels of the skin.

  • Evening Primrose oil (or Oenothera biennis oil)

Widely known for strengthening the skin’s barriers, making it more firm and elastic, it also finds use in treating uneven skin tones. 

  • Tea Tree oil

One of the most popular botanical oils, Tea Tree oil or Melaleuca alternifolia oil, comes with antibacterial properties and can be used to treat acne or pimples.

  • Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil finds use in skin care with its excellent anti-bacterial properties and barrier strengthening function.

  • Sweet Almond oil

Oil from Prunus amygdalus dulcis or almonds, is used for treatment of dry skin for diseases like psoriasis and eczema. It helps to keep the skin moisturized and enhance skin complexion.

  • Grapeseed oil

Derived from the seeds of grapes (or Vitis vinifera), this oil helps to soothe skin by alleviating inflammation and also to cure acne related diseases.

  • Rosehip oil

Rosehip oil is derived from Rosa Canina plant. Rich in antioxidants and linoleic acid, it helps in nourishing the skin. It is also proved to be affective to relieve hyperpigmentation and the presence of vitamin C in this oil is helpful to eradicate photo aging which is caused by UV rays exposure.

  • Lavender oil

Lavender oil is very commonly used to fight blemishes and photo aging, it also finds usage in massage therapy products as it has relaxing effects on the mind. 

  • Lemongrass oil

Due to its antimicrobial properties, lemongrass oil is used in the treatment of inflamed skin.

  • German Chamomile oil

This oil is said to be affective of severe diseases like carpal tunnel syndrome, skin lesions and insomnia due to its anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Calendula oil

Calendula oil is used to sooth irritated skin with its anti-oxidant properties and is also used to treat ageing skin problems. 

  • Hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil is used to treat oily skin and pimples as it contains excellent proportion of linoleic acid.

As discussed, these botanical oils when used in combination can do wonders with your skin, there are many blends which are highly beneficial. Some of them are:

Oil Cleansing blend for Dry skin 

  • 1 part Rosehip Seed oil
  • 2 parts Jojoba Gold oil
  • 1 part Castor oil

Oil Cleansing blend for normal skin

  • 1 part Castor oil
  • 3 parts Argan oil

Oil cleansing blend for oily skin

  • 1 part castor oil
  • 2 parts hemp seed oil

Eye serum for dark circles and puffiness

  • 1 part Rosehip Seed Oil
  • 2 parts Watermelon Seed Oil

Hair and Scalp Hydration Serum

  • 1 part Argan Oil
  • 1 part Hemp Seed Oil
  • Optional: Rosemary Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil (8 drops)

Anti-ageing solution for fine lines and wrinkles

  • 1 part watermelon seed oil
  • 1 part rosehip seed oil
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil

While there is a lot of research on the benefits and usage of botanical oils, it is a very subjective matter as our skin types vary from person to person. It is always best to try it for yourself and get the best combination of oils to nourish your skin and improve its health from the core rather than beautifying it from the outside. 

Botanical oils come with various benefits. Not only it helps your skin look young and healthy, it is a sustainable and natural product. When the market is flooded with artificial products which might promise a good deal of skin health improvement, it is always good to go with the natural ones. With reduced side effects and a solution which is in resonance with nature your skin gets a replenished life.


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