If your body is dry or has mature skin, look for body oils that are high in oleic acid. These oils are rich in moisture and are thicker in consistency, which is great for dryness. Oils that contain oleic acid are known to have antioxidant properties that can aid in combatting inflammation, both externally and internally. Added to that, if you ever get a little too much sun, oleic acid oils help in sun damage. So while picking a body oil, ensure you look for ingredients such as avocado, apricot kernel, camellia seed, olive and hazelnut.
If your body is too sensitive and the skin easily inflamed and angry, look out for body oils that have Gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which is in fact gaining a lot of attention. This as well is a omega-6 fatty acid that decreases inflammation in your whole body and it can improve skin issues if you take it internally. Alternately, external application helps preventing the loss of water, which can help your inflamed skin. Other skin benefits include hormonal acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea, as these conditions are linked to irritated and inflamed skin. The body oils that contain the most amount of GLA are evening primrose, borage, and blackcurrant.
For those of you who have scars and marks on your body, your best friend is palmitoleic acid. This acid is important because it’s one of the major fatty acids that are already present in the sebum of our skin, but which the skin stops producing as you age. Palmitoleic acid has antimicrobial properties, which means that they help with the healing of burns, scratches, and scars. The tricky part with this acid is that it’s present in only two plant oils, macadamia nut and sea buckthorn berry. These oils are important for skin regeneration, softening scar tissue, and anti-aging. However, keep in mind that plant oils should be cold-pressed, unrefined, and organic. Ensure you don’t heat plant oils because heat takes away all the healing properties.
This guide makes picking body oils a lot easier! All you have to do is decipher what your body and skin type, then take your pick, and voila – your body is nourished, healthy, and radiant.
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