Winter is no longer coming, it’s here. Your favorite holidays are on their way, but you’ll have to be smart about the cold weather if you want to survive with the proper grace and aplomb. First, the facts: Cold air holds less moisture and heaters won’t help the situation. Both will cause your skin to dry out and once that happens you’ll be stuck in an arms race (sometimes literally) to fight the damage as its happening. The best way to combat dry skin? Preventative measures.
Preventing problems caused by the winter weather is easy when you’re shopping at Plantlife. Moisturizing products are a click away but how do you know which one is best? In the coming weeks, we’ll be discussing the benefits of our Body Oils, Lotion, and Skin Bars. But first, let’s talk Carrier Oils.
What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are scent free “base oils” that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin for aromatherapy and massage. They are named as such as they “carry” the essential oils onto the skin. Each carrier oil has its own therapeutic benefit that addresses a variety of health and wellness concerns. This means you can apply them on their own or add your own favorite aromatic blends to create your own personal moisturizing oil.*
Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)
Rich in vitamin E, phenols, and carotenes, Argan oil is a natural antioxidant making it ideal for skincare regimes. Highly moisturizing and greatly recommended for acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkle reduction, and stretch marks. Also excellent for dry scalp and damaged hair. Use alone (like a moisturizer) or add Plantlife Essential Oils to reap the maximum benefit of this rich, luxurious oil. Recommended for hair, skin, and nails.
Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)
Rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid and is high in vitamins A and E. It easily absorbs into the skin, making it a good choice for massage. Excellent for aged, dry or sensitive skin due to the softening and moisturizing properties. It helps skin retain elasticity, clarity, and suppleness and calms inflammation and irritation caused from eczema and dermatitis. Recommended for hair, skin, and nails.
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima)
Cold pressed from the fruit of the Avocado and is highly emollient and deeply penetrating. Rich in vitamins A, E and B which help promote natural collagen production and improve the skin’s tone and texture. This oil is high in potassium and sterolins which encourage epidermal cell turnover, making it ideal for anti-aging, dry, and damaged skin formulations. Beneficial for burns, scars, and skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Recommended for skin.
Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
Important for maintaining healthy skin as it naturally contains essential fatty acids that the body can only obtain by topical application or through consumption. Helpful for inhibiting bacterial growth and helping the body defend against infection and inflammation. Highly nourishing, it is recommended for dry skin problems such as eczema. Makes a great addition to facial treatments, creams, or lotions. Recommended for skin and nails.
Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis sativa)
Has been dubbed "nature's most perfectly balanced oil" as it contains all the necessary essential fatty acids, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals our bodies require for optimum health and restoration. It is an excellent choice for skin and hair care as it protects against free radicals, sun damage and skin conditions. Recommended for hair, skin, nails, and consumption.
Golden Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
Unique in that it is comprised of liquid wax esters that closely resemble our body's sebum. Considered the best oil to use on the skin, providing similar and added benefits. Quickly absorbs, leaves no greasy feeling, won't clog pores or cause allergic reaction, making it good for sensitive skin. It has excellent antioxidant and antibacterial properties, protecting the skin from free radicals and bacteria. Recommended for hair, skin, and nails.
Rosehip Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
Naturally high content of vitamins and antioxidants make it an excellent source to help nourish and protect skin from sun damage and premature aging. Along with essential fatty acids important to maintaining healthy skin, Rosehip oil is a superb hydrator and skin revitalizer, making it perfect to adding to facial blends, creams, or lotions. Recommended for hair, skin, and nails.
When you take care of your skin, it takes care of you. These oils will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin that lasts all season long. Keep them in mind as you bundle up for warmth this winter.
And remember: A pair of warm gloves is no match for a good moisturizer at your side.
Buy these Carrier Oils and more at Plantlife.net
*Make sure to test your blends on a small area of your skin in order to check for allergies or skin sensitivity. Take care when using certain Essential Oils, as Citrus-based oils are photosensitive and may cause skin to sustain damage under prolonged direct sunlight.