By Lyndal Phillips
You’ve got food on your face!
Cold pressed oils can work as a fantastic and economic moisturiser for mature skin. Which cold pressed oils can you put on your skin? What are the benefits for mature skin?
In ancient times, stone wheels were used to extract oils from seeds, fruits and nuts. Stainless steel wheels have now replaced the stone, but cold pressed oils remain highly prized in modern cooking, medicine and beauty.
Oils ain’t oils
Some oils are better than others. Inexpensive oils might seem like a bargain, but they can also be over-processed, laden with fillers and possess only minimal therapeutic qualities. The best oils for mature skin – or any skin for that matter – are:
- Certified organic
- Preservative free
- Filler free
- Cold pressed.
Beauty benefits of oils
Beauty essentials including fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are all present in cold pressed oils. These oils carry active ingredients, including Vitamin C which can be rejuvenating for mature skin.
Cold pressed oils can be used to protect, heal and rebuild your mature skin. Rather than sitting on the surface of your skin, cold pressed oils are rapidly and deeply absorbed for maximum beauty benefits.
Would you replace your moisturiser with a facial oil? The first step is to find the right oil for your skin type.
Cold pressed oils for common skin conditions
Ageing skin: Argan oil
Extracted from the kernels of the native Moroccan Argan tree, Argan oil is proving so popular that the Moroccan government plans to more than double its current production levels by 2020.
Praised as a miracle oil, the poly-phenols in Argan oil stimulate new cell growth and create youthful looking skin. Argan oil is also high in antioxidants, including Vitamin E. It does not clog the pores and, because it softens and plumps mature skin, it is an excellent anti-aging oil.
Oily skin: Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes. Grapeseed is a lightweight, anti-aging oil that is perfect for oily skin. An effective moisturiser, it can minimise oiliness and heal dry skin patches. Grapeseed oil is also known to reduce itching, improve skin elasticity and fight inflammation.
Dry skin: Marula oil
Marula oil is extracted from the stone of the fruit of the Marula tree, native to Southern Africa.
A thicker oil than most, Marula oil provides intensive care for dry and damaged skin. It is packed with antioxidants and absorbs deeply to nourish and hydrate skin from the inside, out. Marula oil improves the appearance of your mature skin by reducing fine lines and enhancing a youthful glow.
Flaky skin: Pomegranate seed oil
Pomegranate seed oil enhances skin texture by gently exfoliating dead skin cells. Through the enhanced production of collagen and elastin, Pomegranate seed oil creates a brighter and more even skin tone.
This oil features anti-microbial and wound healing properties and can also reduce inflammation while aiding in skin repair.
Sensitive skin: Sea Buckthorn oil
Sea Buckthorn oil is pressed from the pulp or seeds of the Sea Buckthorn tree. Sea Buckthorn oil rejuvenates and promotes healing in the skin. It is high in Vitamins C and E and is therefore highly recommended as a remedy for dryness, redness, eczema, and rosacea.
The Omega 7 fatty acids in Sea Buckthorn oil nourish the skin, repair inflammation and boost elasticity. This oil is a popular choice for those with sensitive skin because it is gentle and soothing but also anti-aging and rejuvenating.
All skin types: Coconut oil
Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products because it is antibacterial, antifungal, moisture-rich and it smells delicious!
This highly versatile oil is used to soothe dry hands, deep-condition hair, remove eye makeup and moisturise the body.
Fancy giving coconut oil a try? Why not press your own, at home?
Cold pressed coconut oil: 6 easy steps
- Split a coconut in half.
- Scrape out the meat with a metal spoon.
- Blend the meat in a food processor with some water.
- Pour the milk through a coffee filter into a jar.
- Leave the jar alone for 24 hours.
- Scoop the curd off with a spoon. The coconut oil is what remains.
How to use cold pressed facial oils
Before using cold pressed oils all over your face, it is recommended that you perform a simple skin patch test to small area first.
Cold pressed oils are rich in texture and healing properties, you need only use a small amount for each application.
To begin, you can mix a couple of drops of oil with your current moisturiser or facial toner. A few drops applied to a damp face is all that is required to reap the many benefits of using cold pressed oils as part of your beauty routine.
Will you swap your moisturiser for a facial oil?