Oils essential to keep skin breathing in winter

Beauty Basics with SHAHNAZ HUSAIN

As the weather gets cooler and the pollution level rises, the wind from reverse steals the natural oils present in the skin. The winter breeze may feel good and enjoyable for many ways but it can rob moisture off your skin and make it prone to dryness and damage.

Showering in steaming hot water, using the electric heating equipment, chilling atmosphere and less humidity make skin dry, dull, flaky and unattractive. It also makes your facial skin and the skin of your lips appear roug

Whether you are looking to eliminate redness, stop irritation from acne or rosacea, plump skin or simply moisturize, nature has gifted us with oils and ingredients that can help combat winter dryness. Face oils are packed with ingredients such as polyphenols, fatty acids and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and give skin a dewy glo

Face oils have become a beauty cabinet staple, thanks to their natural ability to hydrate and nourish a variety of skin types. Facial oil is the ultimate luxury treat for winter skin and will leave it both smoother and softe

But what makes facial oil so effective? Keep reading to find out some natural oils that will keep your hair and skin in the pink of their health even in the peak winter season.

Here we are referring to pressed oils, like olive oil, sesame seed (til) oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, etc. They have been commonly used to nourish the skin and hai

Sesame seed oil 

According to Ayurveda, sesame seed (til) oil is said to be good during winters. Sesame seed oil is light, free of odour and is easily absorbed by the skin. Research has revealed that sesame seed has natural sunscreen properties of SPF 6. Applied on the skin, it can soothe sunburn. It is also rich in Vitamin E, minerals, protein and lecithin.

Olive oil

Popularly called ‘liquid gold’, olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives. Pure olive oil, particularly extra-virgin olive oil, is fairly nutritious and is popular for body massage. Olive oil contains many vitamins and minerals. It can be used as moisturiser during winter to treat the troublesome areas of our body as they get very dry and flaky.

It is also an antioxidant. Like sesame seed and sunflower oils, olive oil can provide protection from the sun’s UV rays. Pure olive oil can be used to massage a baby’s tender skin.

Almond oil

This is particularly beneficial for very dry skin and helps to relieve itching, soreness and dryness during winters. It is reported to be soothing, healing, lubricating, softening, revitalizing and nourishing. Almond oil contains fatty acids which help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin during winters.

Coconut oil

The application of coconut oil with a light massage helps to stimulate blood circulation to the follicles and also softens hair texture. The hair should not be rubbed vigorously. Only the fingertips should be used to actually move the scalp with small rotary movements. Coconut oil is also said to be beneficial for the skin, as it soothes sun damage and has a healing effect. It softens the skin and gives it a smoother and more youthful appearance. Coconut is good for the skin, especially in the treatment of wounds, burns and dermatitis.

Castor oil

It is used mainly for hair conditions such as dry, brittle and damaged hair. It is a thick and sticky oil, so after application of the oil, shampoo the hair and rinse well with water, so that oily residues do not remain on the scalp.

Apricot kernel oil

This oil can be used for skincare during winters. It is rich in vitamins A, C and E. It also contains fatty acids and is a source of unsaturated fats. As it is easily absorbed by the skin, it is used in many cosmetic products and also indirect external applications on the skin.

Jojoba oil

This contains Vitamins B complex and E which help in skin repair and damage control, minerals as zinc and copper, which help strengthen and keep skin calm and comfortable. Its chemical structure is very similar to skin’s natural oil so it is very easily absorbed in the skin which helps to tame chaffing and chapping, reduces redness caused by drying, eases the effects of eczema and rosacea.

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