Dry, flaky skin happens to most of us at some point, whether it's triggered by the weather or a change in our beauty routine. The age-old skincare conundrum, dry skin, is also called alipidic skin, which literally means your skin is lacking oils the skin—something that the skin relies on to hold and retain moisture in. That's why when your skin is dry, or lacking oil, it can appear rough, flakey, and fine lines can seem more obvious. Over time dry skin can even cause long-term sensitivity and inflammation. The best defense is to protect the skin from moisture loss through natural, plant-based oils. Ahead, we've listed a few of the most effective facial oils for dry skin.
Argan Oil is a natural, botanical ingredient perfect for ultra-nourishing hair and beauty products. It’s fast-drying, which means Argan Oil won’t leave any greasy residue in your hair or on your skin. When used in hair products it smooths damaged or frizzy hair by locking moisture into the follicles without weighing them down, also reflecting light for a shiny, smooth finish. Jam-packed with Vitamin E, antioxidants and Omega 3, 6 and 9, Argan Oil is an amazing hydrator and moisturizer that can help stave off the signs of ageing. But, this is also one of the most non-acnegenic oils on the planet, which is why breakout-prone skin types love it. Basically, Argan Oil will leave you glowing.
Jojoba Oil is non-acnegenic (meaning it won't block your pores) and antibacterial, making it perfect for breakout-prone skin. This is our absolute favorite blend for oily, dry, or combination complexions as it can help balance the skin’s sebum production. At the same time it also replenishes the skin, softening and strengthening skin cells to also minimize the size of pores while creating a seal to lock-in moisture. Jojoba oil can help with the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. A powerful emollient, it also soothes dry, flaky skin. It’s a golden oil and virtually scentless. The Buff uses only cold-pressed and unrefined Jojoba Oil—which is the best of the best.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
This antioxidant and vitamin-rich oil is lightweight and absorbs easily, making it perfect for facial oils. It’s a rich source of vitamins A, D, E, and K, and also punicic acid, which can promote the production of collagen and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Pomegranate Seed Oil is also great for blemish- prone skin as it can help to heal breakouts and scars. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help calm redness.
Rose Essential Oil
This super-expensive (but seriously powerful) essential oil is both rare and difficult to extract. It’s used in very small quantities to help hydrate the skin—rose essential oil is amazing moisture retention abilities and for its floral fragrance. Rose Essential Oil can also help to quickly reduce redness, thanks to its astringent properties, and can brighten the complexion almost immediately. It’s a favorite for mature and dry skin.
Rosehip Oil is non-acnegenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores!) and filled with brightening properties great for dull, lackluster skin. Rich in vitamin E, Rosehip Oil is anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants and natural fatty acids that help promote an even skin tone, fight hyperpigmentation and sun damage, and support the healthy repair of skin cells to combat fine lines. Rosehip is lightweight and very fast absorbing. It’s a pink-ish color and virtually scentless. The Buff uses only cold-pressed and unrefined Rosehip Oil—the good stuff.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Rejuvenating, calming, moisturizing—Ylang Ylang Essential Oil almost does it all. This ingredient helps your skin retain moisture retention, balancing sebum production, and rejuvenate for an all-over glow. It’s also great at nourishing dry or irritated skin. It’s used in aromatherapy to help you chill out; Ylang Ylang’s floral smell is known to be a relaxing kind of scent.
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