I make certain of several points before I decide to purchase the oils that get used in the products I make. 1) It is certified non-GMO. 2) The oil is cold pressed and naturally refined or unrefined, 3) it is an oil that I would want to put onto or into my body. 4) and if possible, I use only Organic oils (Sunflower, Grapeseed & Coconut)
Choosing non-GMO products is important for obvious reasons. I want to know that I am providing both my body and yours the purest choices for your skin care. When an oil is cold pressed, that means that no heat is used to extract the oils from the product that is being used to get the oil out. It also means that most of the nutrients found in the herb or vegetable in the case of avocado oil, remains in the oil.
Below you will find a list of oils I use in my skin care products and why I use them.
Avocado Oil- I use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil. Their processing is so unique they are able to retain 80% of the beta-stisterol found in virgin avocado oil, as well as 60% of the vitamin E! Studies have shown that beta-sisterol can have an effect of immunity, inflammation and cancer prevention among other health benefits. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative but it also is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which damage cells and might contribute to cancer. Avocado oil that is unrefined is expensive and really hard to find. Refining is a way to deodorize the oil, and I believe that Chosen Foods does that without ruining the integrity of the oil.
Sunflower Oil- Sunflower oil has many medicinal and cosmetic uses and may be helpful if you are suffering from acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. It contains properties that are both calming and moisturizing for the skin. It is one of the healthiest oils to add to your diet as well as to your skin care regiment. The main component of sunflower oil is linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid that is quite important for the skin and cell membranes). It also helps to fight acne, and keeps the skin soft and supple. Its other components include oleic acid (natural fatty acid, Omega 6 that is an emollient, which means moisturizer) and palmitic acid (another moisturizing agent/natural fatty acid). In addition to these, it contains lecithin (natural preservative, and moisturizer), carotenoids (protect against sun damage), and appreciable quantities of vitamins A, D and E.
Grape seed Oil- This oil has a fantastic absorption rate when applied to the skin. Grape seed Oil has so many benefits to the skin and body. Because of the properties in it, it can help reduce pain from arthritis, prevent cancer, assist in building the immune system, could help to heal acne and dermatitis. It has very high levels of Vitamin E, so it is a powerful antioxidant. It also helps to tone and tighten the skin. Grape seed contain potent antioxidants that help to decrease the sun’s damaging effects and lessen free radical damage. Grape seed Oil is used in many skin care products for these reasons and many more.
Coconut Oil- This oil is not just a popular oil in the kitchen, but also an all around good-for-your-body oil. It can be used to make your own deodorant, toothpaste, hair frizz tamer, moisturizer, and sun tan lotions. It can even be used on pets to heal their skin issues. Coconut Oil has a low melting point of around 75 degrees, so it melts almost immediately when you touch it. Along with grape seed and sunflower oil, it contains powerful antioxidants that act as protectants from the suns UVB and UVA rays. Coconut Oil also contains fatty acids that are considered to be responsible for its antimicrobial properties. It is high in Vitamin E, so it is extremely moisturizing. Coconuts and coconut oil contain many proteins that are beneficial for the body. These proteins aid in tissue repair and is a great product to use when you want to heal your scars. All of this and it makes you smell amazing!