• July 14, 2020

Oil for the skin and hair: stay smooth

Are vegetable oils better than synthetic oils?

Can not say so. They are completely different. Vegetable oils, for example, are similar in their composition to the skin fats, therefore, they perfectly compensate for a disturbed skin barrier (as occurs, for example, in dry skin) and prevent the skin's own moisture from quickly evaporating. Soya, almond and avocado oil can even reduce this water loss by 8 to 15 percent.

So-called synthetic oils such as paraffins are highly purified, odorless mineral oils (on the packaging is, for example, "paraffin oil", "paraffin liquidum", "petrolatum"). They do not feed, but stay on the skin, but they do not seal, as it is sometimes called. "In common cosmetic products, they are combined with other substances, this loosens the texture, the pores can breathe," explains Dr. med. Katrin Kipper, scientific director at Vichy.

Silicone oils in turn are mainly used as hair oil and bring shine. On the skin they have no express care effect. However, the skin feels a bit softer with it. You will find silicones on the INCI list of the product under the terms "Cyclomethicone", "Dimethicone", "Silicone Quaternium".

What else can body oils do?

Some are gentle tighteners - alone because they are massaged. Because the massage trains the tissue and encourages the skin to regenerate better and faster. Some contain antioxidants such as vitamin C or E against premature skin aging, as well as circulation-promoting caffeine or dehydrating birch extract. Medicinal plants such as marigold or chamomile, which have a proven soothing effect, soothe stressed scar tissue. If the skin shimmer seductively: There are oils with light-reflecting gold and bronze particles.

And what is a dry oil?

Looks like any other oil and feels that way, but it absorbs much faster. The reason: the high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids that dry quickly in the air, hence the name.

What do you do with oils for shower and bath?

Shower and bath oils are ideal for dry skin. They cover them with a protective film during cleaning, which also stays on the skin (often "moisturizes" on the packaging). Tip: Do not rub the skin afterwards, just pat dry with the towel.

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What do cleansing oils bring to the face?

Especially care. Especially for dry, mature facial skin. Another advantage: cleaning oils dissolve even the most stubborn foundation and leave a velvety film on the skin. They are applied to the moistened face, gently massaged and then thoroughly rinsed off lukewarm. Avoid the eye area.

Can I replace my cream with oils?

Absolutely. For example, oils are a great protective shield against the cold in winter - especially with dry, mature and sensitive complexions. You can apply it pure or mix it under a cream to increase the care effect. Incidentally, a new product mix of serum and oil, which melts into the skin and feeds it with omega-3 fatty acids from the ulkenia algae, is new. Extra tip: mix some oil in the palm with foundation. That should give the look an extra shimmer.

Is it true that even greasy skin tolerates oil?

Yes. This is emphasized by natural cosmetics manufacturers such as Dr. med. Hauschka. Their philosophy: Certain oils (eg from apricot and sunflower seeds) are intended to signal hyperactive sebaceous glands: "Already enough fat is available - reduce your own oil production!" The skin needs about six weeks to do so. In addition, these oils contain antibacterial and pore-contracting substances such as neem or lotus oil. Attention: Some oils can creep into your eyes and irritate the conjunctiva. Then avoid the eye area, especially as a contact lens wearer.

What can hair oils do?

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Dry heating air, hairdryer heat, hair straightening hair, they lose their shine. Oils are the express solution that makes them shine silky in the blink of an eye. They lay around the hair like a fine film. The trend is for oils that protect against heat and moisture loss. You give it after blow-drying in the dry lengths and tips and then edited the hair with straighteners or curling iron. In the meantime, most hair oils are real all-rounders: you can apply them as a pre-treatment before shampooing and leave on for about ten minutes - then they have a nourishing and cleansing effect, because the oil binds dirt, sebum and product residues and they are washed out with it.Or you can apply a few drops in shampoo or conditioner to care for the hair very intensively. These oils can also be applied as a hair softener after washing in damp hair - preferably using a coarse-toothed comb, which distributes the oil evenly. Or you use them for the finish, as a gloss donor (great: Monoi oil) or hair sharpener (Anti-Frizz). To do this, spread a small amount in the palms of your hands and drive lightly over your hair. Generally, less is more.

Is oil suitable for fine hair?

There are even special products for it - eg. With particularly light Tamanu oil (from the Polynesian Tamanu tree) or Buriti oil (from the Brazilian Buriti palm). And extremely fine micro atomizers spray oil droplets so neatly that the hair is only wrapped in a delicate care cloud.

What makes oil as an ingredient of hair colorations?

Color pigments push oil deeper into the hair, which makes the color more intense and lasts longer. Because oil also binds moisture, the hair shines more and become very soft.

Why do natural oils help your hair and how can I get it out again?

Olive or coconut oil give even the most brittle hair shine. For a pack in a shoulder-length, thick mane massage about four tablespoons of oil into the dry hair, wrap a light cotton cloth around it and let it soak in for at least 30 minutes. Wash hair with a mild shampoo, rinse well.

Oil rituals

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In other countries, the use of oil has a long tradition.

In Indian Ayurveda For example, the body is anointed with oils to bring body and soul back into balance. The velvety skin is rather a side effect.

At a Yogi therapy with cold water (Ishnaan) you rub yourself in front of the shower with almond oil - it should make the cold shock bearable. Only one part is rinsed off, the other gets into the skin.

In Russia traditionally you rely on oil pulling. The mouth is rinsed with warm oil for several minutes - for shiny teeth and healthy gums (tooth oils from Oliveda, Ringana, for example).

Chinese women Since time immemorial they have been swearing by camellia oil (eg from Primavera, Sensi-Sana natural cosmetics), which gives the skin a velvety shimmer. Her trick for richly shiny hair: dissolve two drops of oil in warm water, moisten the comb with it and pull through the hair.

Exotic oil sources

  • Argan oil - The liquid gold of Morocco from the roasted seeds of the argan tree contains a large amount of essential fatty acids, has a protective and nourishing effect.
  • Marula Oil - from the seed of the African Marula tree. It is a particularly good source of oil and should be rich in antioxidants such as vitamins E and C.
  • Monoi oil - is obtained from the flowers of the highly fragrant Tiaré plant in an elaborate ritual, is particularly rich in proteins and essential lipids, great shine.
  • Rice bran oil - rich in vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol, is an antioxidant power-combo and a good moisture binder.
  • Sacha inchi oil - The oil from the seeds of the Inkanuss has an extremely high content of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. It has a regenerating and invigorating effect.

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