Our 95-year-old grandmother still swears by a daily dose of Olive oil to keep her skin supple and healthy. However, today, the choices of skin care remedies and products are endless. How do we ensure that what we’re putting on our skin will work and, more importantly, won’t irritate? In our search for pure and potent ingredients, we discovered that natural oils are excellent additions to our skincare routines. They aid in the absorption of skincare products and activate the efficacy of many treatments. Our personal favorites are OlieBiologique Organic Argan Oil and Leaf People Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Vitamin K Face Oil. But what are the differences between Argan, Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, and Kalahari Melon Seed oils? Here is what we learned!
ARGAN OIL: Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.). Endemic to Morocco, Argan oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids and three times the antioxidant power of Olive oil. With exceptionally high levels of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (Omega-6), it protects and repairs skin. Research points to linoleic acid’s anti-inflammatory, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties. When applied topically to the skin it can help prevent or delay wrinkling, making skin more toned and supple. Argan oil’s benefits are further complimented by very high levels of Vitamin E.
ROSE HIP OIL: Often found in the vitamin aisles of most pharmacies, Rose Hip seed oil is a pressed seed oil, extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush (Rosa moschata or Rosa rubiginosa) in the southern Andes. It contains exceptionally high concentrations of Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase, resulting in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. Rose Hip oil also contains high amounts of essential fatty acids, 46% linoleic (Omega-6) and 35% alpha-linolenic acids (Omega-3), which are important skin nutrients. Omega-3s, are the most important here, as they are more difficult to get in our diet and essential to cell function, immune support and fighting disease.