How To Use Oil In Your Skincare Routine
If you've been using body lotions to moisturize and are a little unsure about oils and their benefits, we're here to help!
The benefits of oil for your body are myriad. Below we'll explore how (and why) to incorporate oil into your skincare routine.
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1. Lock in the moisture with oils
Oil might be the beauty boost you didn't know you needed.
All over moisture makes for healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Oil can bring additional nourishment to the skin, and also help trap moisture in. This extra hydration helps with healing and supports the skin barrier function.
Natural lipids fill the gaps between our skin cells. This combats dryness and flaking, leading to a smoother surface. Some oils mimic the natural lipids in our skin barrier, bringing about softer, more rejuvenated skin.
Our JUARA Candlenut Glow Body Oil is a great example of an effective, beautifying oil. This luxurious dry oil delivers moisture deep into the epidermis so your skin looks luminous and stays moisturized for hours.
Given the popularity of this product, it might just be the product that enhances your entire skincare ritual.
The formula contains candlenut oil as well as moringa oil (derived from the bio-active plant moringa oleifera). Both oils are rich in fatty acids, which enable this mixture to easily penetrate the skin and provide valuable skin nutrition.
A variety of plant-based botanicals endow this oil with seeming superpowers.
Turmeric oil brightens and repairs skin. The coconut oil contributes to the aforementioned emollient effects and nourishes dry skin. Plumeria flower also moisturizes and soothes skin, and even provides natural UV protection.
On top of all that, our candlenut product boasts an intoxicating tropical aroma that can elevate your spa-like experience. A blend of freesia, bergamot, blooming white jasmine, and coconut will lift your mood and delight your senses.
You can apply oil just about any time for an extra dose of hydration. However, a great way to trap moisture in is to massage oil on slightly damp skin as soon as you exit the shower or bath. If you let your skin dry completely, you might miss some of that much-needed moisture.
2. Take advantage of the antioxidant and anti-aging effects of oils
As you may know, the antioxidants in both the food we eat and the products we apply on our bodies have many benefits. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that wreak havoc on our skin. This helps break the chain reaction of skin damage and cellular demise.
Free radical damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays and other environmental toxins can cause (or worsen) everything from wrinkles to acne.
It may sound a little dramatic, but it's hard to oversell the benefits of oils with antioxidants.
Whether we're talking about rosehip seed oil, argan oil, or another natural oil, these are plant-based BFFs you definitely want to have around. Rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin C and omega fatty acids. Argan oil contains vitamin E, another free radical scavenger.
Moringa oil, present in both our Candlenut Glow Body Oil and our Kartini Body Oil, contains copious amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A. According to experts, moringa oil has seven times more vitamin C than oranges and 10 times more vitamin A than carrots.
So not only will your skin benefit from the antioxidant-filled formula, but it will also appear more supple given the gifts that vitamin A brings. Vitamin A interrupts the process that breaks collagen down, effectively boosting collagen accumulation and filling out those fine lines.
In addition to the nutrient-dense moringa oil, our Kartini oil also contains coconut, candlenut, turmeric, and passion fruit oil.
Passion fruit oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent tissue damage. The other oils, as mentioned above, are rich in fatty acids, skin-loving minerals, and more.
When you massage the lightweight, velvety soft Kartini oil on your skin, you'll experience a decadent delight. With ongoing use, you'll notice an improvement in tone, texture, and elasticity.
A few drops a day will help you say farewell to some of the damage caused by free radicals.
3. Address skin issues like Acne or Eczema
People with naturally oily skin are often hesitant to try oils because they don't want to clog pores and exacerbate acne or other skin conditions. Interestingly, some of these same folks might be over-drying their skin with harsh products they assume will deal a blow to breakouts.
If you've ever pressed a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol against a pimple, you already know it can aggravate the situation.
When we strip our skin of natural oils, it will sometimes go into overdrive to produce more oil. On the other hand, there are natural oils that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores), and actually help balance out sebum production.
Certain oils, like jojoba oil, mimic the chemical structure of the natural sebum found in our skin. The similarities in structure enable these oils to penetrate the surface and support your skin's natural barrier. It's this barrier that is responsible for oil production and minimizes moisture loss.
You may have a personal preference for creams, lotions, or another treatment, but many oils can further enhance those effects.
People with all skin types can benefit from the moisturizing properties of oils. Still, it's always a good idea to do a patch test when trying new products. So before you slather on a new body lotion (or any product), you can apply it to a small patch of skin to make sure there's no allergic reaction.
Some oils have chemical additives, so it's important to read the list of ingredients first and perhaps do that patch test.
JUARA oils do not contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or artificial colorants that might negatively impact the skin. And, lest we forget, the skin is the largest organ of the human body, and we try to do what's good for the body, both inside and out.
4. Get a smoother shave with oil
If razor burns are the bane of your existence, then you may want to use oil before, during, and after you shave.
Not everyone preps their skin prior to shaving, but it can help in various ways. Sometimes you want to slough off some of the dead skin so the razor can make closer contact. You may use exfoliating scrubbing gloves or a brush to do so.
However, that's not all the prepping your legs (or other areas) may need. Using oil as a way to soften the skin is a smart move. That razor will glide across skin more smoothly, whether you use a shaving cream or other moisturizer for the actual shaving.
If you add a little more oil to the skin, it will suffice for shaving. Many people use oils for shaving and say how they'll never go back to body lotion or shaving cream to do the job.
While you can, of course, use shaving cream after prepping with oil, we think the oil-only option is worth a try. No one wants to get cut. Having silky smooth skin (with a little help from oil) can reduce your chances of cuts and scrapes.
Another one of the benefits of oil is that it will absorb into your skin, so that even after you shave your body will retain some of the moisture.
Even if you're not into the idea of using oil for the actual shaving, you can still apply oil post-shower. If you have a certain lotion you love, you can add a little oil and then massage it in.
The hydrating properties of body lotions and oils combined will nourish and moisturize your skin. As you've likely heard before, moisture makes for healthy skin.
5. Minimize stretch marks
All bodies are a bit different. So while not everyone can completely eliminate stretch marks, many people will be able to prevent or minimize them.
First, let's back up a bit. How does one get stretch marks in the first place? Well, they can appear with pregnancy, when a person gains or loses weight quickly, or on other occasions that stretch our bodies a bit beyond.
Some folks won't get them at all, while others are particularly prone.
Certain oils, creams, and body polishes are formulated with ingredients that reduce one's chances of getting these marks, or minimize their appearance after they do occur.
Some oils are especially adept at going deeper into the epidermis, so they're better able to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Argan, coconut, and almond oils all have unique ways of increasing moisture levels or stimulating collagen to help address this issue.
Almond oil improves elasticity and ameliorates discoloration, which is helpful both on the prevention side of things as well as addressing the after-effects. The anti-inflammatory properties that are naturally occurring in almond oil minimize the appearance of scars. This oil also encourages the cell renewal process, which brings newer, fresher skin to the surface.
Coconut oil is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that improve elasticity and nourish the body. It also aids in moisture retention, which is critical for preventing and minimizing these marks.
If you are pregnant, you can ask your doctor or a dermatologist for guidance. Since, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, you should start using the suggested body lotion or oil sooner than later.
You'll want to massage the lotion on the areas of your body that are likely to stretch, such as your stomach, thighs, and buttocks.
Over time, the oils will work to promote elasticity and lower your chances of getting stretch marks.
6. Targeted moisture treatment for dry skin regions
If your cracked heels have ever gotten caught on a blanket or your knees are just not at their smoothest, you'll want to listen to this next part.
Your regular lotion might not cut it.
Even though we have lotions we love, there's always room for improvement. It's a great idea to mix in a few drops of oil as you apply lotion to those extra rough regions like elbows, knees, and hands.
Most oils (or at least the oils we'd recommend) are packed with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. That means there are numerous benefits to the body.
Even on their own, oils like olive, coconut, or argan work wonders on dry skin. There are also essential oils that you may want to add to the mix.
For example, rose essential oil promotes healing and reduces inflammation. It also reduces trans epidermal water loss and improves texture. That's good news for basically everyone with a body.
Known for its pleasant smell - reminiscent of a walk in the woods - frankincense essential oil calms irritation and supports skin cell regeneration, making it a must-have for flaky or chapped skin.
You can add a few drops of an essential oil in with a lotion or carrier oil, rub it in your hands, and then spread it over the area that you want to help heal and protect.
7. Put a little oil in your bath for a beautifying effect
You don't have to wait until you're out of the shower to enjoy your oil.
You can always put a little oil in your bath for an extra relaxing and skin-softening experience. Both the Candlenut Glow Body Oil and the Kartini Body Oil are lovely and luxurious options.
Simply add a tablespoon of the oil as you're running the warm water for your bath.
When you slink in the tub, take some deep breaths, enjoy the aroma, and absorb all the goodness.
Don't worry about getting your hair greasy. Our oils are great for whole-body hydration. We even recommend using that little bit of oil left on your fingertips to spread onto your hair for extra shine.
The benefits of oils don't end at the skin. Share some with your hair for super silky locks.
If you've ever asked yourself, what is oil used for, anyway? you now have more than one example above.
So, instead of taking a quick shower, why not treat yourself to a relaxing bath? We'll just leave this peaceful music for you right here:
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