Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin--and keep it glowing for years to come.
Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External)
Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a variety of medicinal purposes, as it contains palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid, along with potent antioxidants like carotenoids and phytosterols. (In Russia, sea buckthorn is clinically prescribed for inflammation, circulatory disorders and cellular regeneration, among other things.) "It's one of the hottest things right now," says Joan Shure, esthetician at our Pacific Palisades store. "And it can be beneficial topically for reducing stretch marks, too." Internally, try New Chapter's Supercritical Omega-7, or smooth on Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Oil externally.
Fish Oil (Internal only)
Experts agree that omega-3s are key to healthy, moisturized skin. They can help reduce inflammation (which can deprive the skin of nutrients), and are involved in the production of phospholipids and ceramides, which contribute to overall skin health and moisture. "The glow factor is really big with omegas," says Joan, adding that fish oil can help reduce wrinkles and boost elasticity. She likes fish oils from New Chapter and Nordic Naturals.
Vitamin E Oil (Internal & External)
You may not know it, but vitamin E is actually a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body. Maybe that's why it's so helpful in healing scars and other skin damage. And since our bodies can't produce it, we have to get it through diet or supplementation. Pharmaca's Vitamin E capsules can be taken both internally, or broken open to apply topically.
Tea Tree Oil (External only)
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and a cleansing agent that rebalances oiliness on the skin. Tea tree is a member of an extensive botanical family that releases powerful essential oils, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. "It's a great spot treatment for blemishes," says Erin Alden Velez, esthetician at our Sonoma store. But because it works as an antibacterial, Erin says, it can dry out your skin if you use it all over. So make sure you hydrate afterwards! Try Pharmaca's Tea Tree Oil.
Coconut Oil (Internal & External)
This tropical fruit is filled with medium-chain fatty acids such as lauric, capric and caprylic, all of which serve special health functions. It's ultra-hydrating when applied topically, and its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties can help balance digestion--a key to good skin health--when taken internally. "You can use it in stir fries, bake with it, anywhere you'd use olive oil," says Joan. For topical use, Joan recommends applying it as a moisturizer right out of the shower, when your skin is still damp. Try Nature's Way's EFAGold Coconut Oil for either application.
Argan oil (External only)
Packed with essential fatty acids, this oil has long been valued in its native Morocco for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Argan oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars and stretch marks, restore texture, elasticity and tone, and reduce inflammation. You can even massage Acure Organics Argan Oil into hair and scalp for balance and shine.
Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician about other oils that can help keep your skin glowing.