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Last updated 11/2/2022
Lipids are a large and diverse group of organic compounds that include oils, fats, and hormones. Oils specifically are liquid at room temperature and hydrophobic – they cannot dissolve in water but they can dissolve each other. This makes them ideal for cleansing and removing makeup, as well as locking moisture into the skin. Many are also effective for maintaining hydration and reducing inflammation.
Argan oil – Argan oil is pressed from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa). It works as a moisturizer and emollient and has been shown to increase skin elasticity when applied topically. A 2013 study also showed the protective effect it can have against damage when applied after coloring the hair.
CBD oil – CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant (read our blog post about it to learn more!). The research on its potential benefits is still in its infancy, but it seems to have anti-inflammatory effects and may be effective against certain types of dermatitis.
Marula oil – Marula oil comes from the marula fruit tree (Sclerocarya birrea) which is native to parts of Southern Africa. Packed with amino acids (L-arginine and glutamic acid), fatty acids, and antioxidants (phenolic compounds and vitamins E and C), this oil has hydrating, moisturizing, and anti-aging properties. It is also non-comedogenic which makes it a good option for those with acne-prone skin.
Rosehip oil – Rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil, comes from the Rosa canina rose bush. It is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, including linoleic and linolenic fatty acids. These nourishing elements make it good for moisturizing and hydrating the skin while vitamins A, E, and C aid in reducing inflammation and brightening the skin. A 2015 study using rosehip powder also showed significant anti-aging benefits to rosehip, including improvements to skin wrinkles, moisture, and elasticity.
Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. It’s benefits primarily come from its antimicrobial properties and it has been shown in study after study to be effective against mild to moderate acne. It is important to note that tea tree oil acts differently on the skin than most other oils named in this resource. Pure tea tree oil should not be applied directly on the skin. Tea tree’s powerful antimicrobial effects can cause drying and irritating effects, especially on sensitive skin, so it is best to do a patch test before using.
Oils are a luxurious way to protect and hydrate your skin, as well as to treat yourself to a little bit of glow. Finding your holy grail oil may take some trial and error, so go slow and take your time with testing. When you find the one, you’ll know.
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