Why Do We Use Oils in Skin Care Products and The Difference Between Essential and Vegetable Oils?

The truth is that oils are the key ingredients of natural cosmetics and skin health.

 

First, vegetable oil is not the same as essential oil. Vegetable and essential are both oils derived from plants, but they have different properties, benefits, uses, and methods of extraction.

 

Vegetable Oils are natural products containing fatty acids.

vegetable oils

 

  • Extraction: Vegetable oils are typically extracted from foods rich in fat such as seeds, nuts, or fruits of plants through mechanical processes like pressing or solvent extraction (through cold or hot pressing).  They are totally natural and healthy for our body and very popular because they have no contraindications. They have a very high importance within the world of natural cosmetics. Among the different types of cosmetic vegetable oils include: coconut oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, wheat germ.

 

  • Composition: Vegetable oil is composed almost exclusively of fatty acids, which gives it a more or less light texture, and it is easier to absorb into the skin depending on the fatty acid, it will have a particular effect on the skin.

 

  • Uses: Vegetable oils can be applied directly to the skin, hair, face or mixed with other ingredients. They are essential in natural cosmetics for their moisturizing, nourishing and repairing properties. Some examples of how you can use plant oils include anti-wrinkle treatment, heal dry and irritated skin, restore brittle lips, and nourish dull hair.

 

Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds and they stand out for their therapeutic properties. They are a concentration of the essence of the plant, which must always be diluted with other elements.

escential oils

 

  • Extraction: Essential oils are obtained from various parts of plants, including leaves, flowers, stems and even roots. The extraction methods include steam distillation, cold pressing, or solvent extraction.  Essential oils are very effective plant extracts, which is why they respond to specific needs, discomforts and ailments. It is only produced by specific plants and on specific occasions. Some examples of essential oils are lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, raspberry, ginger, tea tree, peppermint.

 

  • Composition: Essential oils are volatile compounds that contain the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant they are derived from. They do not contain fatty acids. Essential oils are not oils in the chemical sense of the word: they are composed of very volatile aromatic molecules.

 

  • Uses: Essential oils are primarily used in aromatherapy, cosmetics, skincare thanks to their therapeutic properties. They are also used in natural medicine, perfumery, and as flavorings in food and beverages. Essential oils can be toxic and need to be used with caution and knowledge. They are not applied directly to the skin or ingested. As they are very concentrated substances, they are used in small doses with other ingredients (neutral oils, water).

 

Do They Have Something in Common?

 

The only thing that vegetable and essential oils have in common is that both are substances from plants that provide many benefits to the skin. Both are substances of lipid nature, which implies that they can be mixed.

 

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