This or That: Carrier Oils for Skincare
Healthy skin matters. We may not give it the same daily care we do our hair and nails, but we should, if for no other reason than it’s the body’s largest organ. Our skin protects our internal body from countless hazards, so being kind to our skin only seems fair. Carrier oils are a wonderful way to show some love to your outer layer, but with so many choices it’s hard to know where to start. Well, we’re thrilled to offer our two cents.
Join us as we carry on about some of our favorite skin-nourishing carrier oils and how they are different and the same.
Prickly Pear Seed: This carrier oil is high in linoleic acid, working to nourish and soften skin. Because of its composition, Prickly Pear Seed is great for both dry and oily skin, particularly acne-prone skin. Additionally, it can fight free radicals, boost elasticity and reduce the appearance of skin spots.
Cucumber Seed: As we like to say here at EG, Cucumber Seed is like a spa day in a bottle. This carrier oil is regenerative and absorbent, working to improve the overall appearance of your skin. If your skin has seen some tough years, then this carrier oil can be your lifeline. When you’re feeling like you want to treat yourself, there’s Cucumber Seed.
Guava Seed: This carrier oil’s protective and softening properties make it a go-to for well-worn skin. Its consistency is light enough for facial application, non-greasy and a great option for sensitive skin types. Furthermore, Guava Seed is rich in linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.
Avocado: Deeply protective of dry, Avocado shines as an emollient when you’re exterior is feeling especially dried out. As if that weren't enough of a selling point, Avocado functions as an aphrodisiac, making it perfect for a couples massage or romantic night in.
Pomegranate Seed: Like Avocado, this carrier oil deeply nourishes the skin, leaving it with a smooth, velvety finish. Its fatty-acid profile makes it an ideal oil for mature skin that may need a little extra TLC.
Apricot Kernel: Lavishly moisturizing, rich in oleic acid and non-greasy, Apricot Kernel is the perfect candidate for a revitalizing facial mask or deep-tissue massage. While rich in B-17 (a fat-soluble nutrient that serves as an antioxidant and cell protector) and vitamin E, this carrier oil is actually a lighter alternative to Sweet Almond oil.
Prickly Pear Seed: With a subtle woody-musk aroma, Prickly Pear Seed is a pleasantly nuanced carrier oil that would never be accused of overpowering a room.
Cucumber Seed: This carrier oil’s aroma could be compared to a perfect spring day: lively, bright and potently cool for a true Cucumber aroma.
Guava Seed: As you might expect from anything guava-derived, this carrier oil’s aroma is beautifully fruit-forward and can transport you to your favorite tropical island. Better still, it plays well with others, as it’s great for blending with a variety of fruity oils.
Avocado: Faint with hints of nuttiness, think of this carrier oil’s aroma as being close to that of an avocado’s seed.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate In a similar vein as Guava Seed (though not as distinct), this carrier oil’s aroma is sweet and fruit-forward.
Apricot Kernel: In a way that’s similar to Avocado, Apricot Kernel is softly aromatic and nutty, which means it won’t distract from the massage you’ve used it in.
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