Everything you need to know about vegetable oils
After talking about the wonderful world of essential oils, we are going to talk about vegetable oils and their many benefits. As we said in our first article , essential oils must be diluted before being applied to the skin and vegetable oils have a special place for these dilutions. They are not only excellent bases for diluting essential oils, but also very good cosmetics with nourishing, moisturizing and protective properties. In short, they are very useful in aromatherapy and have specific therapeutic properties.
In an era in which we pay more and more attention to the composition of cosmetics, vegetable oils appear as true beauty elixirs. We are going to explain more about these oils and their benefits directly extracted from the heart of nature.
What are vegetable oils?
Oils are lipids, essentially composed of a chain of fatty acids, known as saturated, mono or polyunsaturated.
The higher the proportion of saturated fatty acids, the more the oil resembles butter, the richer it is in unsaturated fatty acids, the thinner it is. Vegetable oils are fatty, insoluble in water and are mostly obtained by pressing oleaginous plants. Depending on the plant pressed, the properties of the oil vary.
In today's blog, we will focus on the cosmetic part.
How are vegetable oils used?
Vegetable oils can be used directly on the skin by applying it with a light massage, or as a base for the preparation of cosmetic products and for diluting essential oils. They can also be applied to the hair, scalp, nails and work very well as a makeup remover.
What are the benefits of vegetable oils?
Having a lipid base, vegetable oils are rich in polysaturated fatty acids , the "good fats" necessary for proper cellular and cardiovascular functioning. They are also moisturizing when applied externally to the skin, nails or hair.
How do these natural essences act?
The reason why vegetable oils are so good for the skin is because they are in perfect harmony with its composition. They completely respect their integrity and allow themselves to be absorbed very easily. Our skin is made up of phospholipids, cholesterol and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid, etc. Vegetable oils contain precisely these famous polyunsaturated fatty acids. This is why we speak of perfect affinity. This harmony allows them, unlike other ingredients, to penetrate and infiltrate the tissues.
When applied to the skin or hair, the oil forms a protective film that fills the gaps in a poor hydrolipid film to maintain good skin hydration.
What are vegetable oils used for?
Present in plant seeds to promote germination, vegetable oils provide a cocktail of active ingredients beneficial to our skin and hair: the so-called essential fatty acids that the body cannot synthesize, including the famous Omega 3 and Omega 6 to nourish and protect against dehydration. Rich in vitamins A, D, E, minerals and antioxidant phytosterols, they enhance cell renewal, reinforce cell walls and protect against aging, soften and repair dry hair and give it shine.
Why combine an essential oil with a vegetable oil?
For an essential oil to penetrate the body through the skin, it is usually mixed with a carrier oil. The best diluents for essential oils are vegetable oils, since they are lipophilic like essential oils. Their particular affinity with the epidermis gives them this excellent power of penetration into the skin. Vegetable oils are essential complements to essential oils.
How do I apply vegetable oil to my skin?
One thing that most people don't know about application: We recommend that you always apply vegetable oil to your skin when it is still moist or damp. That is, right after you get out of the shower, or even while you're still in the shower.
What precautions should you take into account with vegetable oils?
It is essential to choose organic oils, made from seeds, fruits or plants grown exclusively organically (or from wild plants), without harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides. Opt for oils obtained by cold pressing the seeds or grains (sweet almond, rosehip) or by maceration of the plants, which avoids the alteration of their active ingredients. And, of course, they should be free of added fragrances, dyes and preservatives.
What vegetable oils does GOTES ESSENTIALS offer?
At Gotes, we offer 4 vegetable oils: