Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cleansing Oil: Splurge or Save?

Recently in the beauty community, cleansing oils have become increasingly popular. Many people love it for its gentle cleansing and ease at removing makeup. Many of them also claim to provide additional benefits such as  brightening complexion, dissolving impurities, and overall skin rejuvenation. However, I've been using pure oils for years to remove stubborn waterproof makeup. While cleansing oils have proven to help improve the skin appearance of many of its users, just using a basic oil can produce the same results! Below is a break down of different essential oils and the many benefits they each have for not only your skin, but the rest of your body as well.

  • Vitamin E Oil | Look at the ingredients of your favorite moisturizer and body wash. Chances are vitamin E is on that list, and for good reason. Vitamin E is essential for reducing the appearance of dark marks and scars. Also, its high level of antioxidants is great at preventing premature aging. Vitamin E also supports new skin cell growth, speeds up cell regeneration, and boosts collagen production. I apply it after I wash my face at night as an overnight treatment. It evens my complexion and makes my skin much softer, so I know from experience it's a great oil to try.
  • Coconut Oil | This has become an extremely popular oil recently for its multi-purpose benefits. It has been proved to reduce scars, stretch marks, and discoloration. What's more? You can improve your skin from the inside out by using food-grade versions in your cooking. Look for cold-pressed virgin varieties because all of its natural nutrients will still be in tact as opposed to any altered forms.  
  • Marula Oil | Unlike coconut oil, this oil isn't very well known, but it should be for the amazing things it does for your skin. With a high concentration of antioxidants and oleic acid, an essential fatty acid, it absorbs into the skin quickly to protect against UV rays and free radicals.
  • Argan Oil | This oil has a high concentration of vitamin E, but is still lightweight enough to be worn on the face during the daytime. As a rare oil, it can be pretty pricey but a little goes a very long way. It also helps that it has several uses, both on your skin and hair, so you can get plenty of use out of it. 
  • Tea Tree Oil | If you've been following my blog for a little while now, you know how much I swear by benzoyl peroxide as an acne remover. However, it can be pretty harsh and drying on the skin. Tea tree oil is a great alternative and has been proven to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide in vanishing blemishes. It can be pretty potent though, so this oil is better used as a spot treatment than as an all over makeup remover. 
If you still opt for a cleansing oil, there are plenty of great ones out there. But, before you spend a ton of money, check out any of the essential oils above first. You may be surprised at how your skin improves!

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