Essential oils are obtained from all parts of the plant. They contain vitamins, fatty acids, minerals and substances that fight free radicals. They are used in skin and hair care products, in cosmetic procedures and for aromatherapy. What are their types and properties? You will find the answer in my text.
Types of oils
Plant oils used in cosmetics have a different consistency. It depends on the amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids that determine the “behaviour” of the oil on the skin. We have, therefore:
- drying oils (marula, perilla, black cumin, raspberry seeds, linseed) – they are quickly absorbed into the skin and do not leave a sticky layer. They are recommended for the care of oily or acne skin;
- semi-dry oils (argan, jojoba, apricot, peanut, sesame, rapeseed) – they absorb quite well into the skin, but leave a thin oily coat that protects the skin against water loss. They are intended for the care of the whole body, combination, dry and mature skin;
- non-drying oils (avocado, peach seeds, macadamia nuts, almond, pumpkin seeds, coconut) – they stay on the skin for a long time, creating an oily layer. They are ideal for massages, dry skin and hair care. They can be a good addition to a bubble bath.
Plant oils and cosmetics
Oils extracted from plants are ingredients of many cosmetics. They perform several important functions in them. They are the base products in salt or sugar scrubs, serums and elixirs. They can act as active substances of creams, balms, shampoos and hair conditioners. Vegetable oils perfectly mix with other cosmetic ingredients, provide them with a pleasant formula and contain many substances valuable to the skin and hair. You will find them in anti-ageing, cleansing, moisturizing, strengthening and body care products. They have rejuvenating, cleansing, soothing, protective, smoothing and firming effects.
Do you also use cosmetics with plant oils? Let me know which ones are your favourite!