Published: 09/03/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Don’t believe that all fats and oils are harmful or damaging to health and beauty. Your skin, for example, needs oils and fats, which are indispensable for preserving and making the skin shine beautifully, moisturized, and healthy. Nearly all creams contain some type of fat, oil, or butter – generally vegetable. Below we will provide you with a short list of the oils and fats that you can faithfully use to nourish and beautify your skin.
Fats and oils
VEGETABLE BUTTER: vegetable butter is used to soften and lubricate rough areas of the body, like the feet, hands, elbows, or the knees. Although a lot of people do not recommend using it for the face as it could make the skin too greasy. So use it in moderation or combined with an essential oil that fights the appearance of grease. Butter helps create a certain type of protective layer between the skin and the environment, and in this way, protects from the cold, contamination, etc., while helping retain its own oils. Keep in mind that if you use butter, it is very difficult to remove from clothes or sheets, so use caution.
OLIVE OIL: this oil is rich in vitamin E, and is especially useful to nourish and lubricate the skin, be it spread or drizzled over salads. During cold weather, spread a bit of olive oil on the skin of your face, especially on the cheeks and lips.
VASELINE: this also create a protective layer over the skin, and is very useful for cold weather or when you are going to be exposed for long periods of time in areas with a strong breeze. One the vaseline’s disadvantages is that it obstructs the pores and doesn’t let the skin breathe freely. This is why it should be avoided by people who suffer from acne, or are prone to pimples, blackheads, etc.
SESAME, SUNFLOWER OIL, ALMOND OIL: just like olive oil, these oils are rich in vitamin E, nourish the skin, and restore it. They also help to fight wrinkles. You must apply a few drops to your conventional cream, and spread on your skin. Always, when you buy oil, try to buy quality oils because if not, they could produce the opposite effect.
SHEA BUTTER: shea butter is a delicacy for the skin: it nourishes it, fights dryness, and lubricates and protects it. You can generally find this type of butter already included in creams.
AVOCADO: an exquisite fruit for nourishing the skin. In order to benefit from its multiple properties and oils, you can make a mask with a piece of avocado, 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, and 3 Tbsp. of homemade yogurt. Mix well and apply. You can also use avocado cream, but make sure it is a good brand.
Foods that you should eat during winter, with fats or vegetable oils for your skin, are: walnuts, almonds, avocado, olives, olive oil, peanuts, amaranth, etc.
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