What is the difference between a vegetable oil and a mineral oil?
Vegetable oils are obtained from plants, flowers, nuts, fruits and even vegetables. Their origin is always natural.
Mineral oils aka Liquid Petroleum, Paraffin Oil, Mineral Paraffins are produced, refined and derived from petroleum products. They are used and found in a variety of industries, but the most controversial use is in personal care products, when they acts as a lubricant and moisturizer.
No need to say you should always avoid mineral oil in cosmetics and use a vegetable one, either by itself or as part of the ingredients listed in your skincare products.
What are the benefits of vegetable oils and which one to choose from according to your skin type?
Vegetable oils have various benefits: They soften, soothe, protect, and regulate your skin. But according to your skin, you should choose one more than the other depending on its texture (thick vs fine), its effect (levels of penetration in your skin and its regulating effect).
Below is a list of oils suitable for each skin needs. This list is non-exhaustive, it’s just to give you a guideline in the type of oil you should look for in your product according to your skin type.
1. Oily/Combination Skin:
It is often thought that when you have oily skin, you should avoid using oils. In fact, it is just the opposite: When choosing the correct vegetable oils, it can have a beneficial sebum-regulating effect on your skin, meaning the next day you will have less acne/imperfections and less shine! A lot of acne prone skin tend to over exfoliate their skin, trying to get rid of the excess oils, but if you do so, you are not only affecting your skin barrier but also sending a message to your organism that it needs to produce more sebum as there are not enough on the surface of your skin. Every skin has sebum, the ones that experience oily skin is a result of an imbalance of sebum production as much as the dry skin that do not produce enough. Both skin types need to work with it and learn how to regulate it instead of working against it.
Oily and combination skin needs a fine, light and penetrating texture that does not leave an oily film on the surface of the skin.
The most suitable oils are Jojoba oil, Apricot kernel oil, and Grapeseed oil.
(includes Grapeseed and Apricot oils)
2. Dry skin:
Dry skin needs a nourishing oil to give more comfort and softness to limit redness, roughness and to strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
The most suitable oils are Argan oil, Avocado oil, Hemp oil, Linseed oil.
(includes Hemp oil)
(includes Hemp oil)
3. Mature skin:
Mature skin will love the benefits of vegetable oils as it is the real allie against skin aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The most effective ones are Argan oil, Rosehip Oil, Evening Pimrose oil, Prickly Pear oil, Tamanu oil and Camelina oil.
(includes Rosehip, Prickly Pear and Evening Pimrose oil)
4. Sensitive skin:
Sensitive skin needs a protective oil such as almond oil or camelina oil.
(includes almond oil)
5. Pregnant and lactating women:
6. Babies and children:
(can be used on face and body)
How and when to use them in your skincare routine?
1. Make up remover:
Vegetable oil is a great replacement for any makeup remover, and part of your step 1 cleanser. It not only removes any make up, but also hydrates your skin while cleansing your face. The cleansing oil can be removed with a washable wipe (softer and more environmentally friendly) or simply by putting temperate water on your skin to rinse it off.
Vegetable oil can also be used by itself instead of your daily face cream, ideally your night cream. Alternatively, you can just add a few drops of the oil into your cream. Apply on a clean skin, on the face and the neck. They can also replace your body cream or milk. You should then choose Almond, Argan oil, or Rosehip oil as they have a restorative action on scars and stretch marks.
(includes Rosehip oil, suitable for pregnant women)
(especially made for pregnant women)
3. Hair Care:
Finally, they can also be used, and ideal for summer, to treat and hydrate your hair, that get easily damaged with UV rays, chlorine and so on.. You should go for Coconut oil, Castor oil and Argan oil. Apply them as they are on the lengths as a treatment before washing your hair, or leave them over night as a deeper sleeping mask and rinse off the next morning.
(Multi use for face, body, & hair)
(Organic Argan Oil)