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Can't tell the difference between argan, grapeseed, and moringa oils? Let us break down the functions and benefits of the best beauty emollients for you

Can't tell the difference between argan, grapeseed, and moringa oils? Let us break down the functions and benefits of the best beauty emollients for you

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Text: Emily Heng


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Loyal readers of Buro. Singapore would know this is not the first time we address the many merits of beauty oils. Nor will it be the last. From fighting acne to paring down sebum production, oils prove wondrous for the skin... when used right, of course. Just as anti-ageing products shouldn't be counted on to deal with acne-prone skin, certain oils are simply more or less efficacious at resolving specific skin woes.

Whether you're looking to hydrate a dry, parched complexion or get rid of 'em crow's feet, there is a picture-perfect beauty oil for you out there that does just that. The key lies in picking out the right one, naturally. To help you on your hunt, a rundown of the different kinds of beauty oils — and what they do for skin — below. Let's get to finding you The One, shall we?

For dry, chapped skin: Argan oil
A culinary staple originating from Morocco, this sweet, nutty oil comprises largely of oleic and linoleic acid — aka compounds that boost the moisture content of skin and hair. In fact, a study by the Menopausal Review Journal discovered that they prove especially beneficial for postmenopausal women with fragile, sensitive complexions as argan oil restores skin barrier function while maintaining its water-holding capacity. In sum: an all-in-one moisturiser for your skin, hair, nails, and more.

For red, inflamed skin: Sandalwood oil

A popular option for fragrances, this bad boy more than just smell great. Sandalwood oil is known to reduce skin redness and infection — wins attributed to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent. Reports have suggested that sustained use lead to the healing of scars and spots.

For sensitive skin: Avocado oil

Oil from this millennial-favourite fruit is packed with proteins, antioxidant vitamins, and skin-protecting vitamin E, all of which help relieve dry, irritated, and flaky skin associated with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also known to accelerate wound-healing, as the oleic acid and essential fatty acids in avocado promote the creation of new connective tissue. We'd bathe in it if it didn't seem like total overkill.

For ageing skin: Grapeseed oil

The high concentration of vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids makes grapeseed oil an effective combatant towards free radicals that cause ageing. Dryness is soothed, discolouration eradicated, and skin barrier function improved over the long run. Several clinical anti-wrinkle trials have also demonstrated that grapeseed oil is particularly effective at minimising the appearance and size of scars.

For dull, uneven skin: Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil tablets are a life-saver when it comes to treating menstrual cramps. As it turns out, they can be used topically to correct uneven skin tones too. This is because it is a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that aids and boosts the rate of cell regeneration.

For all skin types: Moringa oil

An essential oil culled from a vegetable tree grown in Africa as well as Central and South America, Moringa oil is most similar to the oil produced naturally by skin, thus making it suitable for all skin types. The fact that it contains large percentages of moisturising oleic acid, skin-protecting vitamin E, and anti-bacterial hallmarks, it comes as no surprise that the beauty world continues to chant its praises even in 2019.

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