I come from the Middle East where it’s hot and sticky most of the time. My pores are used to the frequent oils and moisture naturally produced from within. But what happens when you live in icy cold temperatures and exposed to dry heat almost all day with little to no effect from humidifiers? Besides checking yourself often into a steam bath spa, there are ways in which you can protect your skin. My favourite recently has been skin oils (something my skin has forgotten to produce for a while). So what are the benefits of these oils, really? Here’s some advice from Dermatologist David Colbert, founder of Colbert M.D. Skincare, an article featured on Allure.com:
Those tiny bottles of oil that promise a youthful complexion are not of the snake variety anymore. Dermatologist David Colbert, the founder of Colbert M.D. Skincare, who has studied the skin-care and anti-aging benefits of face oils for 15 years, explains how they benefit the skin.
1. Free Radical Protection
“Many botanical oils, including argan, passion fruit, and African marula oils, are potent antioxidants. In the morning, massage a few drops onto clean skin, wait two minutes, and apply sunscreen or foundation as usual.”
2. Improved Skin Tolerance
3. Plumping Skin
“In your late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin’s natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. Olive and coconut oils are great moisturisers.”
4. Better Absorption