{eco beauty picks} 4 natural oils to feed your skin

we've all heard the adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but did you know that fruits + vegetables promote wellness inside + out? plant oils are effective + deeply-penetrating moisturizers, creating the kind of affect on one's skin that previously only hebe, goddess of youth, seemed to be capable of bestowing upon mortals. what exactly is the difference between commercial lotions and plant oils? 

most commercial moisturizers are made up of water, alcohol, animal fats, preservatives + artificial fragrances. these water-based products require chemical preservatives to keep them from breeding mold + bacteria. the ingredients can clog pores, exacerbate skin conditions + are harmful to health.

plant extracts hold a rich concentration of vitamins + minerals {they contain high levels of tocopherols, aka vitamin e} + powerful antioxidants. plant oils possess polyphenols {a natural anti-inflammatory}, phytosterol {compounds that strengthen the protective skin barrier} + squalene: all ingredients that nurture skin + hair health. i admit, the plant nerd in me is quite fascinated by the healing properties that nature offers {anti-oxidant! anti-fungal! antibacterial!}.

i've put together a list of  natural + potent moisturizers made from organic, consciously-sourced + wild-harvested ingredients, derived from flowers, fruits, vegetables + nuts. they present in an array of lovely earthen hues: amber, pale yellow, deep gold + mild green and have innumerable beneficial properties. made sans preservatives, petro-based ingredients, emulsifiers, synthetic fragrances or colors. these, my friends, are products offering pure goodness + très magnifique results:

pelle beauty / bottega organica / kahina / little barn apothecary }

interested in learning more about oils + their beneficial properties? skip on over here or here

{grease lightnin'} as acne is often the result of oily skin, it might seem counter intuitive to use oils as a daily moisturizer, but plant oils {unlike commercial lotions} actually balance skin by providing natural hydration and anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells + reduce inflammation. applying a few drops to clean skin helps introduce nutrients to face + body and helps clear up mild acne as well as balance both dry or oily skin.

{don't forget to tip} an easy tip for those new to the wonderful world of oils: spray a light mist {toner} on face before applying oil for best results or apply oil to freshly washed skin. and then you'll "be glowing, not greasy!" as my 14-year old nephew once told me.

until next time, stay green dear hearts!