We all know the importance of a good skincare routine. No matter what kind of skin you have, it is important to moisturize after you cleanse to help the skin restore some of its natural oils and moisture content. This will also help stave off an overproduction of skin oils that only result in unsightly acne or blackheads.
While putting oil on your skin to keep it healthy and breakout-free might seem counter-intuitive, this step is actually extremely important because the added oils help balance the pH of the skin. And because of how frequently we use certain skin care products, you'll want to ensure that the products you put on your skin are of the highest quality and are all natural. Here are our top picks for the best all-natural skin moisturizers and skin oils.
1. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a great resource because it actually mimics the structure of the skin; it also helps treat acne and rejuvenate the skin in the most natural way possible. Jojoba oil is extremely lightweight, so it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel like you’ve just rubbed oil on your face. In fact, this oil is not an oil at all but rather an extract made up of liquid wax esters, which is what allows it to mimic the human skin structure. It is this property that helps not only eliminate acne but moisturize the skin. If things made or grown locally are of interest to you, Jojoba plants ARE grown in the Imperial Valley (next to San Diego county - on the way to Arizona) to produce Jojoba oil.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has recently become something of a miracle cure, yet it still makes a great skin moisturizer due to its rich vitamin E content. It is also full of rich fatty acids that act as a barrier to the elements and help lock moisture into the skin. Coconut oil is also antibacterial and antifungal by nature, which are some additional bonuses to help keep your skin clear and hydrated. However, coconut oil is a heavy moisturizer and can leave the skin feeling a bit oily, so it might not be the best option for someone with already oily skin. On the other hand, it smells amazing!
3. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is extracted from a specific variety of rose, and it is utilized in a lot of creams and solutions due to its anti-aging properties. It is chock full of good stuff, such as vitamin C, E and D, fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), and beta carotene. In addition to the anti-aging capabilities, rosehip oil can also revive the skin by helping to correct dark spots on the skin and minimize scars. Rosehip oil is on the drier side, and therefore, it should be paired with another moisturizing option for optimal benefits.
4. Marula Oil
Marula oil is also a very lightweight oil that is wonderful for moisturizing the skin while reducing irritation and inflammation. It has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any oil out there and is also full of fatty acids, both of which help protect against aging and sun damage. The antimicrobial properties also make marula oil ideal for treating acne prone skin. It does not leave any greasy film on your skin, so it’s perfectly safe to use underneath makeup on a daily basis. Sounds too good to be true? Try it out and see for yourself.
5. Borage Oil
Also known as borage seed oil, it is renowned for its antiaging properties and is well recognized by the major manufacturers of skin creams. It is high in good prostaglandins and is, therefore, considered anti-inflammatory. Remember, when used topically, it is very safe. Be cautious if you decide to take borage oil supplement; it needs to be refined carefully to avoid toxicity. Our friend, Dr. Leslie Baumann is a big fan and shows you some products that contain borage oil here.
Can’t find the natural solution right for you?
The researchers at California Dermatology are always on the cutting edge of what’s new and true in our field. If you have particular challenges with your skin or having a challenge shifting to more natural products, we’d love to talk to you about your needs. Call us today to discover a solution right for you!